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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer; First edition edition (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099580233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099580232
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.8 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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)

"Her reputation is terrific, and she completely deserves it." (Independent)

"Myerson can write. Her dialogue has poise and precision, and she seldom pre-empts the reader. She also knows how to structure a narrative, so that details are revealed gradually and without prescription." (Guardian)

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A honeymoon couple 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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By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
Rachel gets knocked up by Dan who then proposes, they get married, and fly off to Antigua for their honeymoon. But a malevolent ghost from Dan’s past threatens their wedded bliss – it’s The Woman in Black: Haunted Holiday Edition!

It’s easy to see why, in a talk about the book, Julie Myerson mentioned her influences are Henry James and MR James because The Quickening is coma fuel. It’s not quite as bad as Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, a story that haunts me to this day for its pure tedium, but it does have a lot in common with MR James’ upper-middle-class Edwardian nonsense. Well-off Brits enjoy a holiday and are bothered by spooky things seen out the corner of the eye – that’s basically the premise of a lot of MR James’ sleepy stories.

The Quickening is boring and filled with ghost story clichés. Rachel and Dan are one-dimensional dummies that aren’t even worthy of contempt for being so flat and uninteresting (Rachel is whiny, Dan is indifferent, you are counting the pages until the end). They meet other dreary holidaymakers, drink drinks, sit in chairs, swim in the ocean, sleep in a bed. Ok – so just like every other tourist who goes to Antigua. And that’s also most of the novel!

The clichés appear here and there to break up their uneventful schedule. Did that glass move? No, Rach, you’re imagining it. Ok, Dan – wait, did those curtains rustle? Etc. Scared yet? Dan suddenly turns into a scary husband for no reason, Rachel turns into the jumpy wife; who’s paranoid and who’s not, one character goes slowly crazy – it’s all stuff that’s been done a hundred times before without any original reimagining. The pregnancy angle reeks of Rosemary’s Baby too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. F. Rhodes on 23 Oct. 2013
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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By critica on 3 Feb. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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I find Julie Myerson's books interesting and demanding. The latter because of the super natural elements, which I do not find easy to take in. In this case I dealt with this by interpreting Rachel as highly sensitive and imaginative. The novel shows Rachel becoming increasingly cut off from the people around her and ending up in her own world. I went along with that for quite a long way, enjoying the story and the setting on Antiqua. However, the end was so brutal that I could hardly read it. I also did not understand the earlier two murders. Was this about killing everybody who was kind and caring? Was this a way of dealing with the denied loss? (I try not to give the story away.) The story went to a very dark and ugly place and I could not follow it anymore. Three stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on 23 April 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A mess. Utterly inept. I like mysteries and this one was just overdone and silly.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 and enjoy in one sitting, but not one that will keep you awake at night too scared to turn off the light!

4 Stars.
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