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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447236025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447236023
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.franktallis.com


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Highly compelling, undeniably scary, with a final payoff so horrific it's hard to shake, The Voices is clever. (SFX)

A spooky supernatural chiller. (horrorcultfilms.co.uk)

An intriguing story with a dark twist in the tale. (http://scifibulletin.com)

Creepy. CREEPY . . . A genuinely disturbing story . . . As things take a sinister turn you will end up looking over your shoulder - towards the end of this I could barely put it down. (http://lizzy11268.booklikes.com)

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The steady hiss of the baby monitor was disturbed by a snuffling sound.

'It's all right,' Christopher whispered.

'She's fine.'

But the snuffling didn't stop, and then there was movement - rustles, creaks, knocks - and then whimpering . . .


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
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Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.

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.

Creepy. CREEPY. Why do I do this to myself? Sigh. Well obviously because being scared is something we love is it not? And in order to give me a fright within a book I’m reading the main thing I need is atmosphere and this novel had that in spades.

When Christopher and Laura move into their new Hampstead home, at first all appears perfect as they work to make it their own. However things take a sinister turn when Laura starts to hear ghostly voices through the baby monitor and Christopher finds his recordings have more on them than should be there…

This is a bit of a slow burner, with the tension building in a relatively peaceful manner – but all the while leaving you slightly off kilter. Spirit voices is not a new subject by any means, but it is a compelling one and done very well here with a genuinely disturbing story. As Christopher becomes more enthralled with the phenomenon and builds a whole project around it, Laura sinks further into a state of fear and anxiety, sensing a very real evil within her new home. The different ways the characters react to events around them is one of the great things about this.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nat30 on 1 Jun. 2014
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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. Ending seemed a bit rushed. I would have liked it if more info was given about the previous occupier of the house. Would read more crom this author
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
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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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