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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; 1st edition (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405005203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405005203
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (511 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Herbert was not just Britain's number one bestselling writer of chiller fiction, a position he held ever since publication of his first novel, but was also one of our greatest popular novelists. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his twenty-three novels have sold more than fifty-four million copies worldwide, and have been translated into over thirty languages, including Russian and Chinese. In 2010, he was made the Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention and was also awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to literature. His final novel was Ash. James Herbert died in March 2013.

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'Herbert's well-honed skill with horror writing rears its head
when he throws his characters into confrontations with the ghostly
residents' -- The Glasgow Evening Times

'this is a powerfully disturbing read...Two pages in, the reader
is hooked, and Herbert has done his job' -- Guardian

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The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert’s finest novel to date. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the reader through to the ultimate revelation – one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DamBuilder on 25 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Not finished the book yet but wanted to warn other potential purchasers of the Kindle Edition that the formatting is awful. I (and my wife) have read numerous Kindle books and never once had a problem with formatting errors. In this book the errors are too numerous to mention in detail but it is spoiling my enjoyment of the book. Things like no spaces between words, no speech marks, what should be multiple lines running into a single line etc.... These errors occur on every page.
I am actually enjoying the story but it's hard going because of the above so the rating I have given is based on all these factors. Story 4.5 formatting 1.5

Edit: Just noticed that the Kindle edition is no longer available. I wonder if this is because of the problems above???
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 23 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Secret of Crickley Hall is bound to be enjoyed by any supernatural fan. It's a haunted house story; a house with a terrible past; a house with echoes of sins committed within it's walls. You'd not be mistaken to note that this is old ground, covered many times before, several times by Herbert himself. What makes Crickley Hall different is it's competence. Although nothing original, Herbert has transformed a simple haunting tale in to an epic - one leaf short of 600 pages. The premise of a family renting the old Hall to escape a personal tragedy is well crafted and almost as soon as they arrive the supernatural events kick in. Herbert knows this genre and adeptly spins enough curveballs to keep you enthused. New and essential characters continue to arrive to prevent the story from becoming stale, right up until the end. Although the end could be predicted (since all ghost stories benefit from some closure if the purpose of a haunting is to be explained) the path winds its way through all the familiar territory, although it uses side alleys and back roads to get there. So although this marathon ghost story offers little in originality it's a good read. In fact it uses almost every cliche available unashamedly, and perhaps because of this it is one of the most assured ghost stories out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE BBC AUDIO BOOK -UNABRIDGED READ BY DAVID RINTOUL.
When offered to review this audio book on Amazon Vine I jumped at the chance.

I listen to all my audio books in the car and really enjoy this form.

Right to basics.
This is a very long and I mean l o n g unabridged version.
It is 14 discs long and over 18 hours so you really need to have some time set by or a series of very long car journeys to get through it.

The packaging is one of those sensible ones that stack the CDs up and do not break as soon as you get them out of the cellophane and look at them. So far so good.

David Rintoul is set with this book for a marathon. He has no backing tracks nor music and has to read all the conversations with authentic voices himself.

He has done a good job with this and handles it well.

I will not reveal the plot here.
Other reviewers have don that well and there are many reviews of the actual printed and kindle writen form that do that well.

This review focuses upon the narrative version.

I did find the story repetitive and by reading other reviews of THE AUDIOBOOK version I see I am not alone in this.
I truly believe a good abridged version would have equally done justice to the actual story of the book and have been a better listen.

I admit it has been a few years since I read any James Herbert but I must admit I did tend to flag after a few hours listening to stuff that did not benefit from repeating- there's a limit to the number of spooky sounds emanating from rooms and cupboards that I could put up with hearing for the nth time. And there are so many conversations that don't seem to go anywhere but drag the story out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan on 3 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I really quite enjoyed "The Secret of Crickley Hall" since it was kind of like an old fashioned Twighlight Zone ghost story in some respects. You know the sort, an empty old grand house that has been left to rot due to lack of care due to a catastrophic happening, the circumstances of which have been put out to the realms where no-one dare talk about them. The local village community all have opinions about what happened but no one really knows for sure. Then after an age, a family takes the house on and then find that strange things start to happen and everyone except the father gets the feeling that the place is haunted by some very angry spirits.

Herbert gives a refreshing visit back to the typical haunted house type story and I found that I just wanted to keep on reading, not the best thing when you are reading at night before bed (the book is 600 pages long!!). The story has a tremendous atmospheric feel about it and Herbert intermingles all the past goings on of the house well while leaving in a few cliff hangers as to what really happened to the people in its past. It certainly gets the old grey matter working overtime. This book essentially breaks down to being a good classic horror read so will appeal to most readers that like anything remotely ghostly. However for me Herbert's best work will always be "The Rats" followed closely by "The Magic Cottage". Still, it was a damn good read.
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