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The Voices

The Voices [Kindle Edition]

F. R. Tallis
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In the scorching summer of 1976 – the hottest since records began – Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices. F. R. Tallis' background as a clinical psychologist sets his writing apart. He knows exactly how to scare you . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. In 1999 he received a Writers' Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain and in 2000 he won the New London Writers' Award.In 2005 MORTAL MISCHIEF was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award and for the Quais du Polar Award in France, 2007. FATAL LIES was longlisted for the International Thriller Writers' Best Paperback Award, 2010. DARKNESS RISING was runner up for the 2009 Medical Journalist's Association fiction award and shortlisted for the Elle Prix de Letrice in 2010. It was also shortlisted for an Anthony and an Edgar in 2011. DEADLY COMMUNION was shortlisted for an Edgar in 2012. The Liebermann books have been translated into fourteen languages and optioned for TV adaptation. Frank Tallis also writes horror and supernatural fiction as F.R.Tallis. THE FORBIDDEN (2012) THE SLEEP ROOM (2013) and THE VOICES (2014) are all published by Macmillan. For more information go to

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voices 11 Jun 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
I’ve read several of F R Tallis’ books. I did not really enjoy The Forbidden, but thought The Sleep Room was fantastic. This book, The Voices was absolutely brilliant.

In 1976 Chris Norton, his wife Laura and their baby Faye move into a house that they brought when Laura was pregnant; the old house had been derelict and renovations delayed their moving in until after Faye was born. Chris’ work as a modern composer of film and conceptual music meant that he worked mostly at home, and Laura was content being mother and housewife. But then things start to change; the atmosphere of the house is impacting their lives; or is it?

Reminiscent of Jonathan Aycliff at his best, this book took ordinary people living ordinary lives in ordinary Britain in 1976 and turned their lives into utter horror; things that could not be talked about because the words just don’t exist to explain what they felt was happening to them. Real goosebump material. Utterly brilliant, I loved this book, and couldn’t put it down once I’d started it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If I could have given this book a zero star, or maybe even possibly a minus star then i would. I've never read anything by tallis before, but saw this book in the supermarket and it sounded really good, i just wish maybe id looked at a couple of reviews before hand. I got about 100 pages in and realised that not a great deal was going on, nothing much of anything was happening but i decided to persevere and it got to the point where i just felt i had to finish it despite it boring me. There seemed to be no actual point to the book though, its like tallis even got bored of writing it and just thought "how can i finish this as fast as possible", there was absolutely no conclusion other than that which you had to make yourself but even then there were no clues to lead you to make your own conclusion, the ending was absolutely atrocious and i felt like id just come to the end of a chapter and they'd forgotten to print the rest of the book. I honestly can not express how much of a disappointment and waste of time this book was, i feel robbed and certainly will not bother with anything else tallis as written. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 1 Jun 2014
By Alison
Enjoyed this book. Ending was a little disappointing. Story was good and I did find it rather scary at times. But it just lacked something.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speech of Shadows 8 May 2014
I’m grateful to the publisher for sending me an advance copy of Tallis’s new ghost story, set during the notoriously long, hot summer of 1976 – when roads melted, reservoirs dried up and it was impossible to sleep at night under one’s nylon sheets. Against this background – and amid rumbles of economic failure and national crisis – a small, apparently gilded group of trendy artists suffer their own, more private crisis.

There is Laura Norton, ex-model and trophy wife to the older Christopher. He was an avant-garde musician who found fortune (if not acclaim) writing music for films. Christopher seems to be getting tired of Laura; she is wondering is there’s more to life than being Christopher’s wife and baby Faye’s mother, and beginning to discover feminism.

There’s Simon and Amanda. Simon, who kept the faith and is now a “serious” modernist composer, a power at Radio 3. Amanda, who retains 60s-ish, hippy leanings. The group face a changing world which they don’t much comprehend: we see Christopher’s agent commend him for not getting involved with that obvious trainwreck of a film, Star Wars and – amusingly, after a scene in which Simon heaps praise on prog rock as a coming movement, there is an uncomprehending encounter with an early punk.

All this is helpful in setting a scene of unease and showing how fragile are the lives – lives of some comfort and ease – which the main characters share. So that at first, the threat that begins to develop – whether in voices heard over the baby monitor by Laura, sounds recorded on tape by Christopher in his studio or the distress of Faye – is unfocussed, out of shot, so to speak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voices 31 May 2014
I couldn't put this book down! I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading other books by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, creepy and disturbing 8 May 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
I loved Tallis' The Sleep Room, and this is another scary story that straddles traditional supernatural horror and a more modern psychological probing. It takes elements from a hundred gothic stories - the old house with a history, a family under threat, sinister goings on centred on a child - and overlays them with some light social commentary, and subtle questions drawn from Lacanian theory.

I enjoyed the evocation of 1970s Hampstead: the ex-model who is reading Betty Friedan and Spare Rib, a fondue dinner party, discussions about modern music. At heart, though, is a scary story of menacing ghostly voices that appear on blank tapes.

This is a short, intense read, best gulped down in one or two sessions to keep the atmospheric feel. It's not quite as taut, in places, as The Sleep Room but remains a deliciously creepy story.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Sounds better than it is
It takes me a lot to pick up a book by a new author however from reading the back cover F.R. Tallis 'The Voices' proved quite promising. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sam
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
Dreadful. The story wanders through irrelevant details and side stories. The actual story of voices is completely unbelievable. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Catherine Faughey
4.0 out of 5 stars The summer of 76!
F R Tallis hits the ground running with his new deeply, disturbing horror novel The Voices. Set in the hot and humid summer of 1976, in North London, a family find themselves... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lovemurakami
3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better.
A page turner and easy read,but gratuitous and pointless sex scenes that had no real purpose to storey- maybe just to pad it out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Clemence
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I was gripped from start to finish by this book, absolutely fantastic read, would highly recommend it to all readers
Published 1 month ago by Clare Silversides
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit torn about this book
It has some eerie moments. The characters are not very likeable. Normally this is a negative for a book but in this case I think it helps with the tense atmosphere. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. T. Antiquera
1.0 out of 5 stars Promised a lot, delivered nothing
This book is very disappointing, it had some thrilling moments but no where near enough of them
There was too much about two married couples, infidelity and day to day... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. B
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read
I started to read this book and just couldn't put it down. I took it everywhere with me. Loved the build-up with the paranormal things going on, and the gradual breakdown of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hectordog
5.0 out of 5 stars really creapy
I own this book and when I read it I wasn't expecting it to be a horror as I only read the first two lines of the summery at the back and when I was reading, the book just got... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charlotte Y.
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