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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847240712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847240712
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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another display of Cook's mastery of the psychological suspense novel… beautifully written and quietly chilling - Sunday Telegraph

A good thriller doesn't necessarily require flying fists, bombs and bullets; a sure and measured build-up of tension does just as well, and few are better at the fine art of sure and measured than Thomas H. Cook - Guardian

A compelling addition to a body of work that deserves more recognition - Spectator

A gripping and magnificently written story - Dublin Evening Herald

Thomas H.Cook has become a must-read author...a satisfyingly convoluted tale...deeply unnerving - The Rough Guide to Crime

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Review for Murmur of Stones:
A good thriller doesn't necessarily require flying fists, bombs and
bullets; a sure and measured build-up of tension does just as well, and few
are better at the fine art of sure and measured than Thomas H. Cook - The
Guardian

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The Murmur of Stones by Thomas H Cook is a claustrophobic little account of the death by drowning of a severely autistic boy. The tale is told by David, the boy's uncle, and through him we gradually learn of his ghastly childhood, being bought up by a megalomaniac failed author whose wife has left him. Scarred by these experiences and his shattered family, David has a deliberately dull life with his wife Patty and daughter Abby. His sister Diana, however, is brilliant, and is completely distraught when her autistic son dies on one of the rare occasions she's gone out and left her husband in charge. Cook builds up the tension beautifully in the book--did the boy's father murder him? Did Diana? Diana's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, zeroing in on Abby for her theories about memory in inanimate objects. Although the eventual solution is a bit of a cheat, this creepy tale reverberates in the mind. Diana is a particularly vivid creation.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Gordon on 18 Jun. 2007
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It's always a shame when one of your favourite authors doesn't quite live up to your high expectations of them and this is one of those occasions.
After the sublime Red Leaves, The Murmer Of Stones left me slightly disappointed, especially the ending. As with all Cook's novels he draws the reader in, but continually keeps you guessing the final outcome. Normally Cook's endings have a final twist in the tail. So did this one, but not a classic ending this time.
However, Cook remains one of my favourite authors, up there with Crais, Lehane, James W Hall and Michael Connolly. He always deals in the dark side of peoples behaviour/personality and could possibly put off readers for being too depressing. But his writing style keeps you reading and sucks you in. Even though this book was not as good as some of his other novels, this is still far, far better than most of the rest.
Whilst I have only given 3 stars, this is only a reflection of the high standards I have come to expect. Should really have been 3 1/2.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eirini Tsianaka on 23 May 2010
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Thomas H. Cook is my favourite author in psychological suspense novels. Unfortunately, this book is not one of his best works. It is skillfully written with interesting plot but it lacks a good ending. Cook missed the opportunity to make a good final impression and to end the novel masterfully. I finally decided to give 4 stars with the intention of having an average 3.5 stars taking into consideration the previous review
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blueeyes on 1 July 2011
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This was only my second venture into the worlds created by Thomas H. Cook and I'm hooked ready for more.
The characters were well drawn and details of the disorder affecting the narrator's father obviously well researched.
This, to me ,was a beautifully written tale which I savoured last thing at night , much better than I thought it would be judging from those reviewers who didn't think quite so highly of it and who might well have read previous titles to compare it with .
But it kept me guessing and that's no bad thing .
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The book arrived several days before expected, and it was actually in excellent condition except for one thing -- it smelled strongly of cigarette smoke (which I absolutely detest!). I am trying to air it out, but so far am not having much luck.
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