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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847393586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847393586
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Rayne's first novel was published in 1982, and for several years she juggled writing books with working in property, pounding an elderly typewriter into the small hours in order to meet deadlines.
Much of the inspiration for her dark psychological thrillers comes from the histories and atmospheres of old buildings, a fact that is strongly apparent in many of her settings - Mortmain House in A Dark Dividing, Twygrist Mill in Spider Light, and the Tarleton Theatre in Ghost Song.
She has written more than 25 books to date, and her work has met with considerable acclaim, with Tower of Silence being long-listed for the 2005 Theakston's Award. Her books are also published in America, as well as having been translated into German, Dutch, Russian and Turkish.
In 2011 she published the first of a series of ghost-themed books, featuring the Oxford don, Michael Flint, and the antiques dealer, Nell West, who made their debut in Property of a Lady.
Several years ago Sarah also wrote six contemporary horror books, originally under the pen-name of Frances Gordon and recently re-issued in e-Book format.
To find out more about Sarah Rayne, visit her website, blog site, or YouTube channel, or follow her on Facebook -
www.sarahrayne.co.uk
https://sarahrayneblog.wordpress.com/
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"Sarah Rayne does it again, with yet another heart-stopping thriller..." --eurocrime.co.uk

About the Author

The author of seven terrifying novels of psychological suspense, Sarah Rayne lives in Staffordshire. Visit www.sarahrayne.co.uk


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I have very much enjoyed Ms Rayne's books in the past, but this one was so amazingly disappointed. I enjoyed the 'poisoned village' scenario a great deal - it's one that has numerous possibilities, and somebody as skilled as Ms Rayne should certainly know how to deal with it, but by less than a quarter of the way through it was entirely obvious who was writing the 'unnamed' journal, and blindingly, blindingly clear what was going to happen, and to whom. It was just a question of what the order would be.

So very disappointed I can't even begin to say. There is nothing worse than anticipating a book, knowing you like the author and enjoy their work, only to discover that on this occasion they have let themselves down badly. I may well be in the minority here, but I would say to anybody who asked, read the other stuff. Avoid this one.
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Dark secrets are lost when Priors Bramley is closed to the outside world. When it's re-opened many years later, far more than a once-poisoned village comes to light. Who's the terrifying stranger? What's the source of the ghostly music? What hidden pasts does Cadence Manor hold? Sarah Rayne's latest novel hooks the reader from page one and grips tightly until the final line. Her imagination and skill at handling parallel narratives and multiple time lines never fails to amaze me. What Lies Beneath sweeps the reader across centuries and continents in a breathless journey full of twists and turns and several (characters') dead-ends. The book contains all Sarah Rayne's hallmarks: pace, tension, growing menace, spine-tingling passages. As always, buildings are central to the plot and so well portrayed they almost become characters. Sarah Rayne's ability as a page-turning story-teller is as impressive as her exquisite prose. What Lies Beneath is the work of an author at the top of her game.
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I picked up this book out of curiosity, having not previously read anything by the author. I have to say this book is like nothing else I have read before, and is a delightful curiosity that I just could not put down. The book is written in both the present and the past, the past story is about the sins of a family and how they leave a lasting legacy which impacts the future. The future plot is about someone who wants to hides the sins of the past for their own motives. I don't want to give anything away for those yet to read it.

I have to say I absolutely loved this book, it was a bit whimsical at times but I feel that the writing about the past really bought me back to imagining the era described, and it evoked the haunted creepy feeling I feel it was aiming for. There were also twists and turns in the plot that were unexpected or when expected were intriguing. I loved the way the author had knowledge regarding the subject matter and made true historical references in terms of the use of medical treatment, and the organ piece. I also like the way the author developed each of the characters.

The plot in the present was a little midsummer murders and quaint at times, but I liked the fact that the murderer was not your stereotypical murderer, and it actually added to the charm of the book.

I found the writing was paced right and was also vivid enough to encapsulate the plot.

All in all I found this book mysterious, intriguing, and an excellent read. I have never read a book quiet like it and I have to say I loved it, I am hoping that they will bringing out the film version of this book and that it is well acted. I am looking forward to buying more books by Sarah Rayne to see how they compare.
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I had heard great things about this author and this was my first attempt at one of her books.

I was very disappointed.

The idea of the story is good, an abandoned village with an eerie past, and there are flashbacks to 100 years ago and to 50 years ago along with the present day murder mystery.

The tale from 100 years ago, which is essential to the plot, was padded out so much to the effect that it became very tedious and could have been massively pruned down. In fact the historical stuff was so tedious that I started just to skim these bits but did persevere.

The current day stuff was all very Miss Marply and to be honest was not very believeable.

All in all I found this book to be about 50% longer than it needed to be and the story was tedious and ridiculous in places.

I shall not be attmpting anything else by this author.
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Although the book starts in the present day when Ella Haywood hears alarming news whilst queuing at the supermarket, the story switches back to 1912 where we meet the Cadence family of Cadence Manor in the village of Priors Bramley, narrated by Crispian Cadence the eldest son, and a series of journals - author initially unknown.

The news that so disturbed Ella Haywood relates back to 1960 when the local council moved the residents from the village of Priors Bramley, re-housing them in the nearby village of Upper Bramley to make way for a road. Then decided to use the village for a chemical weapons experiment. On the morning that the village is to be sprayed with chemicals from the air, three children, Ella Heywood, Veronica and Clem, nine years old walk through the village for the last time, with disastrous results. They all swear never to tell what happened that morning in Priors Bramley, confident that with the village sealed because of contamination their secret will remain a secret.

Although the seeds for the catastrophe of 1960 were sown in the early 1900's the full horror does not actually come to light until the present day. This is a gruesome yet utterly absorbing tale, where the sins of the fathers are certainly visited on their children. For Ella Hayward the past must stay buried, but secrets have a habit of finding their way to the surface.

The descriptive powers of the author are awesome, and the tension rises to a menacing level. Whilst there are some horrific scenes, it is a terribly sad tale.

Brilliantly crafted, Sarah Rayne is a gifted writer. Highly recommended.
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Lizzie Hayes
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