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Through a Glass, Darkly [Paperback]

Bill Hussey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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10 July 2008
The Demons have woken, the Dreaming has begun...

When a young man goes missing from the Fen village of Crow Haven, Inspector Jack Trent is sent to investigate. He finds an isolated, insular community which harbours a shocking secret. A secret he has already glimpsed in his dreams. Now, in a race against time, Jack must piece together the mystery surrounding Dr Elijah Mendicant and the ancient Darkness of Crow Haven. He must save the life of an innocent child and stop an ageless evil from rising once more.

But doubt remains. Can Jack overcome the demons from his past? And what will he make of the Doctor s final, devastating revelation?

The Doctor will see you now...

'A truly skin-crawlingly terrifying book.' - Bertrams Books

'The best horror novel I read this year.' - Dark Wolf

'An unnerving joy.' - Mathew F Riley

'Horror is alive and kicking and it has a name...Bill Hussey.' - Garry Charles, author of Heaven s Falling

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloody Books (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905636288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905636280
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Hidden Library 9 Feb 2009
In Bill Hussey's debut novel, a centuries-old pall of evil hangs over the small village of Crow Haven, personified by a mysterious figure known as the Crowman. When the young Simon Malahyde disappears apparently without cause, and young boys are abducted, then found dead and mutilated, DI Jack Trent is paired with his colleague and ex-girlfriend DS Dawn Howard to investigate.

Trent is already familiar with the supernatural. A childhood near-death experience has left him infested by demons that give him intimate insights into the thoughts and histories of anyone he touches. He also receives visions of the future--visions that insist Dawn's son Jamie will be a victim of the serial killer currently terrorising the area (except Crow Haven itself, which seems inured to strange deaths and malice). Dawn takes more convincing that the threat to Crow Haven is not mundane, and she becomes sidelined as the investigation takes Trent into stranger and stranger parts--including a marvellous hidden library.

The enforced proximity between jilter (Trent) and jiltee (Dawn) makes for a constant thread of tension running through the novel. The more Trent yearns to be close to Dawn, the more he must push her away, for his emotional attachment to her feeds the demons that he has always tried to keep penned within a cage of logic. The demons have already killed his mother; he can and will give everything to prevent that ever happening again.

The narrative is slow to build to the climax, and it feels somewhat weighted down by the density of Hussey's writing. The investigation is followed minutely, and there are digressions into various aspects of the relevant backstory, all of which tends to create a feeling that the story isn't going anywhere soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrifying! 10 Nov 2008
A Kid's Review
this book should come with a warning - that you will become extrtemely antisocial until you have finished it! i couldn't put it down and turned down all invitations to go out until i had finished devouring it! it is extremely intelligently written and each page draws you further and further into the dark world inside. it is both thrilling and terrifying, bill hussey has a fabulous skill of describing the landscape in such detail you feel like you are actually there.
this book is written on so many different levels that as soon as i finished the book i felt like i wanted to read it again, more indepthly, to get another perspective and try and find any clues i had missed in my greed to finish it.
a truly stunning debt novel, can't wait for the next one. bill hussey is definately a name to watch out for, i think his star will shine both in print and at the movies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bill Hussey's debut is a work of startling imagination. With a haunting narrative voice and vivid imagery, Hussey paints a melancholic - yet beautiful - tapestry that readers won't forget. His is a welcome voice to horror, because like Robert Dunbar and Gary Braunbeck, he writes with a literary sensibility that elevates horror to an art form. Indeed, this is much more than horror; it's an epic tale of good versus evil, sacrifice, and the enduring goodness of the human soul, despite its flaws.

Inspector Jack Trent lives alone. While many struggle with their "demons", Jack has real demons in his head. They show him things. Make him dream. Lead him to astounding leaps of logic that make him a legendary police investigator. They also show him potential outcomes, visions of the future.

However, along with their gifts they offer a curse also: they invade others through touch and closeness. After accidentally losing his mother to "Them" as a boy, Jack becomes withdrawn, always afraid to subject others to "Their" attentions. Even after years of rigid discipline, he's unable to sustain his relationship with Dawn Howard, a fellow officer. Smart, witty, tough, she seems the perfect companion. It's not to be, however. As he and Dawn draw closer, he feels "Them" awakening, and he's forced to end things between them.

They must still work together, however. With perhaps the worst timing ever, they're given a case that threatens to destroy both them and their loved ones. A young man has gone missing from the village of Crow Haven, and as he digs deeper into the mystery, Jack unearths an ages-old evil that lives off of one thing: fear. Our fears.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice style 28 Jun 2009
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I read the author's interview in 'Writer's Forum' and really liked what he had to say. The book did not disappoint but you do have to like horror. Very well told and although something of a fantasy it is dark and creepy -set in the fens with lots of black crows and an insular, secretive village of frightened people. I enjoyed the book and am not a horror fan particularly. Really had to get to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut novel 19 July 2008
This is a stunning debut novel which is of the horror genre but also a riveting thriller story. It is extremely well written and well constructed which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. It is a long time since I have read a book I just could not put down. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an out of the ordinary novel that just grabs your attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through a Glass, Darkly
Through a Glass, Darkly is a well written first book by Bill Hussey. A well told dark and creepy horror, I enjoyed although I am not usually a horror fan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mr a w smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Goes far too far
There are a couple of reviews on amazon saying the same thing, the over the top description of child/infant killings is way too much. Read more
Published 24 months ago by McK
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should have been
Everything I'd read about Through A Glass, Darkly, the 2008 debut novel of Bill Hussey, suggested that I would love it. A horror novel set in an isolated, insular Fenland village. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2012 by Joanne Sheppard
2.0 out of 5 stars Through A Glass, Darkly
A young man from Crow Haven disappears, the police investigation uncovers connections with missing children and discover an ancient evil is waiting to be re-born. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Gore
I enjoyed the plot and some of the scenes were quite chilling but in my opinion there was to much gore. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by D. Higton
2.0 out of 5 stars Sickening
I had to stop reading this book half-way through because of the descriptions of children being murdered in the most vicious, depraved and sadistic ways. Read more
Published on 25 May 2010 by filmfanatical
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap thrills with little in the way of substance.
A disappointing read after all the positive reviews and the clincher for me, was comparing Hussey to Clive Barker. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by M. Gribby
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Evil
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I wont go in to the story line as it is difficult to do so without going in to too much detail and giving the game away but I will say... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "Through a Glass Darkly"
This terrific first novel from Bill Hussey is the best I've read in the horror genre for years, in fact it is hard to believe it is a first novel, it is that good. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2009 by book fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Fans Must Read!!
Wow! What a debut. Descriptive skill that forces you into the dark world of Crow Haven and a plot so chilling and fast paced your lungs will hurt. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2009 by Andrew T Roth
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