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The Cupboard Under The Stairs

The Cupboard Under The Stairs [Kindle Edition]

Roger Knowles
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Harry Tompkin is a loner, though not by choice. He’s also a genius woodcarver. When his latest creation is finished, things begin to go wrong, and DI Jack Hogg and DS Peter Edwards are called in to sort out the mess. The chase is on and time is running out....

50% of any proceeds from this book will be used to offer understanding, support and advice to the hundreds of thousands of UK Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers via a dedicated support forum. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a widely misunderstood but totally debilitating disease. The Author is a sufferer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forum Publishing (1 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H6NSOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm Roger Knowles. I wrote the six novels available on the Kindle platform for two reasons. 1) I enjoyed writing them. 2) To help raise necessary funding - 50% of any proceeds will go towards maintaining a website and forum that supports CFS/ME sufferers. I'm a sufferer myself. Thank you to anyone who buys one of the books and indirectly helps those who struggle with the horrible disease that is CFS/ME on a daily basis.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will get under your skin... 15 July 2012
By The Kindle Book Review TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I came across this book whilst browsing for a 'different' read, and that is precisely what I got. After reading a few pages, my reaction was that the plot was a little far fetched, but I kept reading and was just utterly hooked. This book is a horror, a crime novel, a supernatural novella and a story about the frailty of human life. The character Harry is a complex, often pitiful character and I alternated between wanting to shout at him for being so weak, wanting to hug him and make him feel better, and being utterly horrified by him. This story is a book that will stay with me for a long time, and even after the last chapter I was still flummoxed as to the outcome. Did he, didn't he? Did they? Did they not?
The last chapter is an eerie sucker punch of an ending, and I cannot wait to read Knowles's other works.
One work of caution, some scenes are hard to read due to the material, but the content is necessary and well written. This is a book which I cannot find fault with.

The author is not a well man and campaigns to raise money and awareness for fellow sufferers. Next time I put my children to bed, and bemoan my huge uni and writing workload, I shall think of this book and the author and stop moaning.

50% of any proceeds from these books will be used to offer understanding, support and advice to the hundreds of thousands of UK Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers via a dedicated support forum. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a widely misunderstood but totally debilitating disease.
The Author is a sufferer.For more details see his website: [...]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Cathy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
On balance The Cupboard Under the Stairs is just as much a psychological crime thriller as a horror story. That's not to say there isn't some horrible, gory crime in this novel and some seriously spooky carved wooden figures; and you're left with a couple of loose ends that might have a psychological explanation but then again ..... who knows? Author Roger Knowles has put together a well constructed murder thriller. His police detective characters are plausible and you are sympathetic to the challenges of their task; his evil protagonist is mad, bad and dangerous but incredibly sad and that is my remaining thought - how very sad. I don't want to spoil the ending but it could be that it's not sad at all - just seriously scary.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite! 3 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my favourite book by this talented undiscovered author.
It's a classic - it should be on the A Level English Literature syllabus.There is so very much to this book - much more than my limited writing skills can explain.
Roger Knowles does what so many better known and best selling authors have failed to do. Yes he has created a vile and disgusting character that sends a real shiver down your spine. Yes he describes the surroundings so well that you will want to get out the disinfectant spray as you read. Unspeakable evil acts are committed...ones that evoke fear and revulsion. But there's more because the villain in this book is not a cardboard cut out bad guy. Between the lines we glimpse another side to him; a side that is not clear but one that gives us foggy view of how life and society may have made him this way.
So many thrillers have a standard criminal and it is in the personality of the detective on which the book rests and relies. This is the opposite as it is on the personality of the baddie that the book lies. So much is unspoken; the author has perfected the art of 'less is more'.
Again so many thrillers have clear endings - evil will not triumph and the end of the book will give a satisfactory conclusion where all loose ends are neatly tied. NOT SO this readers we have not been spoon fed on our journey through the pages and we are not spoon fed at the end either. In many ways the end is really the beginning.
Mad or bad is the question that you ask yourself as you read. Normal or paranormal? And why Roger Knowles is so clever is that everyone's answer may well be different. I have my only very strong belief in the circumstances that have created this character and made him as he is - but am equally aware that others may have opposing and just as valid thoughts too.
I can't praise this masterpiece enough!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine supernatural horror. 19 Nov 2012
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I was concerned by comments in some of the reviews that this might prove to be a police procedural or horror of the bloodthirsty type, but as far as I'm concerned it's a genuine supernatural horror tale of the type I enjoy. The supernatural elements keep it disturbingly creepy and it moves along at a good pace. I was gripped from start to finish. I suspect that some of the early reviews may be suspiciously enthusiastic and not doing the author any favours. Don't be put off - it's worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but enthralling 14 Oct 2012
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I downloaded this book from the free list and should say right at the outset that is is far better than most of the modern books available in this way. It is a well crafted book that defies genre classification being part police procedural, part horror and part fantasy. The characters are well drawn and the lead detective is a far more rounded figure than most fictional detectives and the "villain" of the piece is created in such a way that for all his faults you are left with a trace of sympathy for him. Overall a very enjoyable discovery and I will seek other books by this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very sad and shocking story
A very sad and shocking story. This had a personal view fro my husband as he knew the family involved. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hazel
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous
Whilst I feel sorry that the author suffers from Chronic
Fatigue syndrome, I fail to see why he mentioned it in his
book as there was no mention of it in the actual... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I never worked out which was fantasy and which was real. It started quite well but it went downhill. The ending left me totally confused.
Published 6 months ago by Christine Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cupboard Under The Stairs
Not what I was expecting at all! Gory horror is not my usual thing but this story was very different. Read more
Published 7 months ago by appletree
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cupboard under the stairs
An horrific tale of madness. I was gripped from the first page. Building on the idea that some garden gnomes are more evil than others! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
The synopsis gives very little away, which in my eyes, can actually be a good thing. Quite often half the storyline can be spoiled by the description of what the book is about. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Minimoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written disturbing story
I downloaded this story for free as part of my search for new authors. The story is disturbing where you feel for the protagonist, while wondering if he is insane or at the mercy... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Penelope Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars very strange
this is a very strange book indeed, i enjoyed reading it but i think that was because i was always waiting for the exciting bit, which i feel never came, would i recommend... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs M Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cupboard Under The Stairs
This was not quite what I expected when I voted it and it won the kuforum bookclub choice of the month in October. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joo
5.0 out of 5 stars one word - read!
very different - very readable.

a guoulish, psychological, supernatural thriller. it is what you want it to be but whichever way, it will keep you reading till the end!
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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