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The Haunted [Paperback]

Niki Valentine
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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13 Oct 2011

Arriving in the Scottish highlands, Martin and Sue decide to escape their luxury hotel, heading out for a night of back-to-basics living in an abandoned shack. When a storm strikes, they find themselves stranded in the simple hut, miles from anywhere and completely isolated.

As gentle bickering leads to violent arguments, Sue starts to sense they are not truly alone - especially when a deep, dark presence seems to takes hold of the pair. With no way to escape, Sue and Martin must try to hold on to their sanity as the shelter quickly becomes a prison - and their thoughts begin to turn murderous...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751545082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751545081
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niki Valentine is an award-winning writer who, under a pseudonym, has been published internationally to huge acclaim. When she isn't working on her next psychological horror novel, Niki teaches Creative and Professional Writing at Nottingham University.

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Valentine has captured the complex emotional ebb and flow of a troubled marriage with aplomb SFX

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They wanted a honeymoon adventure. They found a place of nightmares.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not a best seller in my opinion 12 Nov 2011
By Free Spirit VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I found the two central characters, Susie and Martin thoroughly dislikable and for this reason I almost didn't continue the book after the first couple of chapters.

However, I persevered and I am glad that I did because as the story unfolded it became quite a compelling read.

Although it could be loosely classed as a horror story, I would say it is more of a thriller or mystery.

I was really disappointed with the ending, such a good story but a weak ending which I felt a bit let down by but then again was it? Susie was such a wet blanket of a character, maybe the ending suited her?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but lacking something 23 Nov 2011
This book had great promiuse, but it left me rather disappointed. it was a real page turner just in the hope that i finally get whats going on, but it never really happened. its worth a read though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read 10 May 2012
Like most other reviewers, I thought that this book was OK but far from 'chilling'. A page-turner in the sense that you keep reading just to see if anything really happens. When it (eventually) does, its a bit of a let-down to be honest. Was I scared? Not at all!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And first prize for misleading title goes to... 13 Jan 2012
The blurb on the back of the book states: 'The Haunted is utterly compulsive and will chill you to the bone' - or, er, not.

I like the setting, but that's not enough to make the story compulsive. It never really gets going. I kept on waiting to be scared but the writing just doesn't achieve this, even when the plot dictates it should.

The protagonists are a married couple who don't really know each other at all. So far, so ho-hum. They are both unlikeable, the bullying husband only marginally more so. I really wouldn't have cared two hoots whether they lived or died.

Is the bothy haunted? Or is someone playing tricks on them? Or are they both just losing their marbles due to the lack of food and their geographical isolation, a la Lord of the Flies? Do we even care by the end of it?

As novels go, this one is just ok, but it's hardly going to set the world alight. As horror stories go, I've been more scared reading Harry Potter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, addictive at times but lacking "edge" 27 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As newcomer to reading, after not reading regularily for 20 years, I needed something that was easy to pick up and not too "intense".
This proved a good purchase finishing it in 3 days. (Which is a record for me!)
I won't go over the story, as people often do, instead just my own thoughts.
The Haunted isn't a "haunting story" per se. I would agree with others, it's more of a psychological thriller. The story plods along nicely with a good mix of character build up - albeit with only two characters - Martin and Susie. Martin is immediatley dislikeable - which was a shame and Susie became annoying later on, something that with hindsight I could have questioned 'why'. Maybe it added madness to her character and the overall feeling of isolation.
I truly had no idea in what direction the story would take - having what I thought was an answer - only to have it dashed on the same page.
Some reviwers say the story has a twist. Personally I tend to disagree. Whilst I didn't predict what would happen, I wasn't that surprised.
I would recommend this book as it's easy to pick up, harder to put down and has a fairly straightforward story line which I thought was well written. Exactly the type of book I was looking for.
I will definately keep an eye out for this author in the future and consider future purchases if the writing is of the same standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average read 27 May 2013
Martin and Sue have been married 10 years and decide to take a break in the Highlands. For years Martin has wanted Sue to go hillwalking and stay the night in an old bothy located in the middle of nowhere. He tells her it will be a romantic adventure and leaving the luxury of their hotel they set off armed with enough food, clothes etc for a one or two night stay.
Sue isn't keen on the idea, she feels troubled at the thought of it but can't put her finger on what is bothering her but to please her husband she goes. Bad weather hits and they find themselves stranded with no means of escape until the weather settles. At first it seems like an adventure indeed but soon the normal arguments couples have turn to something worse with violent thoughts and murder in mind. Sue has the sensation that a presence not of this world is there and controlling both their thoughts and actions. Martin laughs it off being the "sensible" party in the relationship.
With supplies quickly depleting and objects mysteriously disappearing can they keep it together and return home unscathed?
The blurb describes it as a read that will chill you to the bone and I am afraid it didn't do this to me. It was a psychological thriller in the loosest of terms, both characters I didn't warm to. Martin is a bully and Sue way too spineless for my liking but a reasonable read all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Climatic 3 May 2013
I was let down by this book. The 'reviews' are a false advertisment that are plastered over the book itself.

The characters are boring.
There should have been more or a detailed insight in to twisted Martin's past.

The main character Susie was just plain boring. I really wasn't interested.
I kept reading (like just about everyone else) in the hopes that there would be a twist in the story, or at least something exciting would happen. It didn't.

I was let down.

It is an easy read right enough which is a positive for some people and it's not badly wirtten (theres good descriptions about the surroundings and the enviroment at times). It's just not written in a way that get you attached to the characters or even in a way that allows you to care about them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very haunting
I'm afraid this isn't very haunting. The tale of a middle aged couple, trying to recapture the honeymoon period of their marriage by hiking to a remote bothy in the Scottish... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
I was quite surprised when I read some of the reviews about this book. I didn't find the cover or the reviews in any way misleading and in my opinion the book is exactly what it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by pinky
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good first novel
I really enjoyed this book although I did not receive the actual book and went on to download the book to my kindle. I will be on the look out to see what her next book will be.
Published 17 months ago by pauline black
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly dreadful novel
I picked this up in a bargain bookshop for 1.50 so that must say something. The synopsis sounded interesting so I though what the hell. Mistake! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Though the writing is at times 'colour-by-numbers' I found this ghost story/psychological thriller an enjoyable and memorable read thanks largely to the astutely drawn characters... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Callmerick
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read,not too challenging
As other reviewers have pointed out,this is not a true ghost story,although some mention of the paranormal is made. Read more
Published 22 months ago by appley
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to review
Bought this book as the cover made it look like a real scary tale to read in bed. However I have to say that I was rather surprised. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by SamWilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic suspense
If you wonder about the dark peaty side of the Scottish Highlands then this book is for you. If you like happy romances in mountainous settings then stay away. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by newnatbooks
1.0 out of 5 stars A book that fails to live up to its cover
Pottering away in the local supermarket like the rest of the mindless zombies doing their weekly shop, Mrs Milton drew my attention to The Haunted by Niki Valentine, a 2011... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by John Milton
2.0 out of 5 stars Empty
it's odd, but that's the word which came to mind when I finished this (one evening and over breakfast - was the book under the word count when it came in? Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by White Rose
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