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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow starter but give it a chance
You'll get half way through this book thinking that its leading nowhere and there's nothing spectacular about the story. Then, just as your about to put it down all the thrills of a typical Hutson Horror come flooding through. Its a book for the real Hutson fans but its a cracker.
Published on 12 Aug 2005 by A A Jackson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Twist or stick . . .
For a long time now, Hutsonites have been praying that the Godfather of Gore would make a full return to his horror roots and many thought that this book would signal just that. But while it definitely nods its head in that direction, it's more slow burn supernatural chills than all out bloody horror.

The story follows two couples, both in some way...
Published on 1 May 2006 by G Finn


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3.0 out of 5 stars Twist or stick . . ., 1 May 2006
This review is from: Twisted Souls (Paperback)
For a long time now, Hutsonites have been praying that the Godfather of Gore would make a full return to his horror roots and many thought that this book would signal just that. But while it definitely nods its head in that direction, it's more slow burn supernatural chills than all out bloody horror.

The story follows two couples, both in some way disfunctional, each individual battling their own demons. They go away for a break to the sleepy town of Roxton. As you might expect though, something is rotten in the heart of Roxton and it seems to have something to do with a local mining catastrophe some years previously.

Settled in their holiday home, the Tates and the Mortons dance around their problems and each other and Hutson does a good job of creating a sense of 'walking on eggshells' in this mini-drama, which is, for the most part, more about people than screaming terror.

In one sense, this is a good thing, because one thing that Hutson has been accused of in the past is lack of characterisation - something he seems to attempt to remedy here. Unfortunately, come the end of the story, I couldn't help feel that all the 'horror' was kept for the end rather than spread effectively through the narrative. There are also a series of interludes involving secondary characters whose purpose, obviously, is to infuse the tale with the sense of the supernatural, to give some kind of explanation when the finale comes, but at least a couple of them feel utterly, utterly pointless and unresolved at the end, almost like Hutson forgot he'd written them, or just couldn't be bother resolving them. He has done this before though - see Stolen Angels.

Without ruining the end, it feels tagged on, rushed, totally unbelievable and a bit of a let down, especially given the good job Hutson had done up to that point of making you care about some of these people - something he usually doesn't bother doing.

In conclusion, a decent enough effort from Hutson but not a patch on previous horror outings like Erebus and Relics. I am now waiting for Dying Words, which sounds like it sits much more in the horror camp. Twisted Souls is definitely worth a purchase, but don't expect to be blown away.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow starter but give it a chance, 12 Aug 2005
This review is from: Twisted Souls (Hardcover)
You'll get half way through this book thinking that its leading nowhere and there's nothing spectacular about the story. Then, just as your about to put it down all the thrills of a typical Hutson Horror come flooding through. Its a book for the real Hutson fans but its a cracker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top performance, 28 Nov 2005
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Shaun Hutson has certainly matured as a writer since his earlier works such as Erebus (recently re-released in hardback.) This is quite slow moving to begin with but launches itself with Hutsons usual bloodthirsty ferocity at roughly the halfway point. Not for the timid, but fans will love this one. As will fans of Robert mcmahon (bethanys sin) stuart vowell (lucifer wars)as comparable horror writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thrills you with the surprises, 1 Sep 2005
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Starts by lulling you into a false sense of safety with the mundane but then, wow, grabs you and never lets you go with the horror of it all. A really good thriller.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hutson's star continues to decline, 27 Mar 2006
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I have been a fan of Hutson for well over 16 years now and am very sad to see his standards continue to fall. This book is very flat, no thrills, no twists, nothing to enjoy. Plot is mundane, pace is listless, seems like he is just going through the motions and picking up the checks nowadays.
Do yourself a favour, go out and buy Assassins, a vintage Hutson classic, and see for yourself what a great author he used to be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted souls .........no end!, 1 Nov 2010
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Mrs. P. J. Salsbury "Penny" (Wolverhampton UK) - See all my reviews
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This was an ok read ....it had some interesting moments but I found the ending very disappointing and a bit silly really!
Worth a read from the library but wouldnt recommend buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 14 Jun 2010
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Ms. K. Crawford (uk) - See all my reviews
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I'm running out of things to say about Shaun, great attention to detail, brilliantly linked story lines, fantastic endings....always leave my looking out the publishing dates for the next book (even though they are not a series of books).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Harsh horror, 22 Feb 2009
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Mr. G. Battle (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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Shaun Hutson is one of the kings of pulp horror fiction. In Twisted Souls the story is derivative and unoriginal, a sleepy village town hiding a sinister secret. No marks for originality with plot, although Hutson excels himself with a cringe worthy miasma of horror. The scenes in Twisted Souls are very twisted indeed, far harder then in most of his work. Overall, the short and simple yarn is an easy read and keeps your interest until the somewhat predictable end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS OTHER ONES, 18 Aug 2008
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Ms. Amanda J. Kinslow "AJK" (UNITED KINGDOM) - See all my reviews
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THIS BOOK IS QUITE TYPICAL OF ALL STANDARD HORROR/THRILLER BOOKS. YOU CAN PREDICT THE ENDING BEFORE IT HAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED, WHETHER THIS IS DUT TO THE FACT THAT I HAVE READ SO MANY HORROR BOOKS OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS OR NOT, WHO KNOWS. I DID NOT ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS SOME OF HIS OTHERS I FOUND IT VERY EASY TO PUT IT DOWN.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, 16 April 2008
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J.Flood (Dublin,Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Two couples decide to go on a holiday to the small town of Roxton, in Derbyshire. However, the town holds a deadly secret, dating back to an accident, in the local mine, twenty years previously.

I found this book a reasonably good read, but not much happens in it, until towards the end, but you do get a feeling from the start that the town is peculiar, and this allows the suspense to build up. However, when things really start to happen, the two couples (who were quite believable up until this point), start to make some fairly improbable choices. I would not class this book as a page turner, but was fairly good.
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