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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751545082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751545081
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,431 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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2.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Free Spirit VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2011
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Rimmer on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Wiseman on 23 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By I. Shepherd on 10 May 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F Keegan on 27 May 2013
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Crashmatt on 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 By newnatbooks on 25 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
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. This literary psychological thriller earns its place as a page turner through its intelligent writing and detailed main characters. Niki almost pulls off the laid back husband Martin who suggests a couple of days in a crofter's hut as an adventure. Niki's literery persona takes a bleak view of human nature so trouble inevitably looms. We watch through Susie's eyes as events become increasingly uncanny fuelled by isolation, hunger and lack of sleep. Martin and Susie's deep traumas constantly threaten to be disastrously acted out. Niki achieves a claustrophobic mood reminiscent of films made entirely in a phone box. Blair Witch, Hamlet, and possibly Macbeth and Frankenstein are drawn in as cultural references. A thoroughly well written novel. I withold one star because the setting feels a tiny bit like a film set [is there an element of parody in the lightning strikes?] because Martin's personality shift stretches my credulity and because the male characters don't exactly endear themselves to me.
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