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The Quickening

The Quickening [Kindle Edition]

Julie Myerson
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"Myerson takes us into her rising levels of panic, right up to the final plot-twist ... Myerson writes with a fluidity that quickly absorbs the reader" (Independent)

"a gripping tale ... Myerson keeps the reader guessing until the very end and provides no easy answers in a deceptively simple read that will compel horror fans while being just as satisfying to her own readership" (Observer)

"brimming with black magic, murder and menace. Full of twists and turns, and written with subtlety and intelligence, it's a truly haunting tale written in the best horror tradition" (Sunday Mirror)

"Good things happen when writers enter the realm of the unexpected for new horror fiction from Hammer ... The pace is terrific and she keeps your pulse pounding." (The Times, Saturday Review)

"a good fast read; just the thing for your next Caribbean holiday" (Evening Standard)

"genuinely scary and enthralling" (Spectator)

"a genuinely creepy tale from a very skilled author" (Rich Tapestry Reads)

"Julie Myerson's novels are perfectly suited to long, drifting afternoons spent in empty houses with only the odd, atmospheric creak of pipe or groan of plank for company." (Daily Telegraph)

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A honeymoon on a tropical island goes horribly wrong. A tense and terrifying Hammer novella by Julie Myerson, the author of Something Might Happen and The Story of You.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCZY37I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

(Photo credit: Chloe Myerson)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book after listening to Julie Myerson talk about it at a recent Literature festival event and also because I have read several others in the Hammer series. 'The Quickening' had a strong enough opening but petered out in the middle and the ending disappointed. Like other reviewers here, I too wondered if it would have been published at all if an unknown had written it, instead of which an established author (Myerson) approached Hammer after reading Helen Dunmore's entry (The Great Coat) and being inspired to write her own supernatural entry. (Myerson told the audience this at the event) and Hammer commissioned her. The characters are thin, and don't really emotionally engage the reader. I kept waiting for something to happen. The ghost pops up every so often, described in the same cliched way each time. By the time the twist comes round at the end, it's a bit hard to care.
The total lack of regular use of speech marks for dialogue (and there is a lot of dialogue) might be a trendy experiment, but I wonder if it is effective? It didn't work for me. Overall disappointing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Chills Please 8 July 2013
This is another ghost story from the people from Hammer and it was an entertaining read but there were a few things that I wasn't so keen on. A newly wedded couple go on their honeymoon to a tropical island but things start to go wrong when things go bump in the night.

This is well written, the sentences and dialogue have been well crafted. The lack of dialogue demarcation actually makes an interesting view on the flow of the story, and the first half of the novel is quite gripping. However, I did find at times I was getting increasingly irritated with the character of Rachel - she became whingy and to be honest, if I was Dan I would have left her to it. The ghost was good, but appeared too many times, I wasn't scared of him and I would like to have discovered more of his story.

I bought the hardback and it's a pretty object, I can appreciate the interesting writing style and really enjoyed the first half. Its worth a read, if you like ghost stories, but like me, you might find you want to leave Rachel behind on the island.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Julie 21 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a dedicated fan, and will be forever grateful for 'Living with Teenagers', while Laura Blundy is one of my all-time favourite novels. I will read whatever Julie publishes.

I know this story was a departure for her, an experiment with a different form.

But for me, it should have stayed as just that - an unpublished experimental manuscript, to be recycled into something good at a future date.

This story was wooden, the details left sloppy (no-one can get married in a couple of days) and neither the characters nor their perambulation through the scenes were remotely credible, or interesting.

Ok, there's an unexpected twist - but by that time I was indifferent.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful and Unsettling Read 27 Mar 2013
Rachel, newly pregnant, and husband, Dan, decide to visit a Caribbean island for their January honeymoon; Rachel envisages beaches of white sand, fringed with palm trees and girls with flowers in their hair, serving cocktails by the pool. Glad to have left winter behind them, Rachel and Dan arrive in Antigua all set for their holiday in paradise, but as soon as they arrive, very strange things begin to happen: furniture moves by itself; glasses shatter into hundreds of pieces; objects appear to have a life of their own and Rachel begins to experience worrying dreams. Are these occurrences delusions? Is there an angry and restless spirit at large? Or is Rachel being targeted by something more earthly, but no less sinister? Or could it be that it is Dan, and not Rachel, who is actually in danger? Obviously, I have to leave that for prospective readers to discover.

Published by Arrow Books in association with Hammer Films, this is a suspenseful and unsettling tale by an author who is very good at creating and building an atmosphere of tension and uncertainty. I must admit to being rather easily scared, so if you enjoy reading seriously terrifying horror stories, you may find that this slim novel might not satisfy; however this short, fast-moving story kept me turning the pages keen to discover just what was really happening on this honeymoon from hell, and just who was really in danger. A book to read in one sitting and to think about immediately you have finished - but not one that will keep you awake at night too scared to turn off the light!

4 Stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling read 26 Sep 2013
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Newly married and pregnant Rachel is whisked off by her husband travel journalist Dan to the beautiful island of Antigua for an idyllic extended honeymoon. But all is not well, as she is warned by various locals of an impending danger to her husband and there are also the strange visions that nobody else seems to see - is Rachel going mad or is there something more sinister going on.

An unusually written but intriguing and captivating story. Contrasting the dark supernatural with the glorious setting of paradise made for a very chilling read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AVOIDING ALL CLICHES 7 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Julie Myerson is one of the most gifted British novelists currently writing. As she demonstrated some two decades ago with her first novel, "Sleepwalking", she possesses a deft touch for unsettling the reader with a phrase or sometimes even a single word, a touch that is veritably MR James-ian (and I can think of no higher praise). "The Quickening" - like Helen Dunmore's "The Greatcoat" and Jeanette Winterson's "The Daylight Gate" - is a work commissioned by Hammer, and long may they continue commissioning books by writers such as these. In "The Quickening" (which refers to the first flutters of a baby felt by pregnant women), Rachel allows herself to be taken on holiday to a Caribbean resort by her husband, Dan - and I am afraid that it is these two characters who have prevented me from awarding Myerson's book the full five stars I so wanted to give it. Rachel comes across as being a bit half-soaked, Dan as rather insensitive and selfish; you cannot help feeling that were you to encounter them on holiday, you would after day one be giving this pair a wide berth. Yet Myerson's skill as a novelist keeps you turning the pages. She avoids all the hoary old cliches: there are no creaking old houses here, no fog-shrouded graveyards, and the appariton Rachel keeps seeing is suitably hideous and has a disturbing tendency to pop up in daylight - and full, sun-drenched Caribbean daylight at that. Is she going mad? This one of the many ambiguities Myerson has weaved into her narrative (one that is not satsifactorily pursued is the vexing question of whether or not Dan has visited this island before), and, along with Myerson's seductive prose, they will keep you guessing, and reading avidly, until the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, creepy and clever
I couldn't put this down, well done Julie Myerson for coming up with another fantastic story with a great twist, great holiday book - if you dare!
Published 18 days ago by susannah mansfield
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed this book. It certainly promised a lot from the outset and I was intrigued. Read it in a couple of days which is a pretty good sign
I do think more could have been... Read more
Published 8 months ago by AngiG
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER CORKER
My wife is a fan of Julie Myerson so I purchased this for her. She loved it, so absolutely no complaints!
Published 10 months ago by Father tyme
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Julie Myerson is a good writer but this is a terrible book. A sad, cardboard thing which smells of a book someone paid her to write rather than a book which sprang from her own... Read more
Published 10 months ago by NickyS
3.0 out of 5 stars Too weird
It is really well written - I do love Julie Myerson. It kept me reading because I really wanted some explanation, but, I have to admit I am not keen on supernatural, I much prefer... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ronald Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quick and the Dead
This is a short novella written in association with 'Hammer Horror' - a cinema stable that, in the 1960s and 1970s, produced a string of budget horror films in a style which might... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Roderick Blyth
1.0 out of 5 stars the quickening
This started as a relatively good thriller but became annoyingly purile the more i read.I found the wife to b so pathetic and the ending was strange.Altogether very disapointing
Published 11 months ago by wild thing
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary as Hell
I've always had a soft spot for a good ghost story. I love that delicious sense of unease and the eerie feeling that somehow, somewhere, in some manner you can't quite put your... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gregory S. Buzwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening and believable
A quick read but the characters are believable and it's a book that stays in your mind after you've read it.
Published 12 months ago by mary west
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