Absence, The Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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Joe Nightingale is a young boy crippled by the guilt surrounding his mother's death. His brother Bobby has been psychologically scarred by the suicide of his best friend. Their father Richard has his own dark thoughts to contend with. Into this world of fear and remorse comes news that the Nightingales have inherited a house from a distant relative. The family spend the summer in their new home and hope in that the isolated property will allow them a measure of peace. Instead they find an ancient horror waiting in the shadows...
The family-at-war scenario may seem familiar but in `The Absence' is it taken to horrific new levels. The emotional conflict between these characters slams out of the page and hits the reader square between the eyes. The other aspect to the book I found impressive was the atmosphere of the Fens - as with his first book, Hussey has a unique ability to transport the reader to the scene of the action. This world of damp marshes and stagnant waterways is brought eerily to life - you can almost feel the sweating Fen mist on your face!
Then we come to the horrors! I read this on a warm spring afternoon, the sun blazing, but I couldn't help shivering.Read more ›
The only downside for me was the end of the novel, but this is often the issue with horror novels, it just felt a bit functional. There is some run of the mill ghost story mechanics at work in the book but enough genuine, creepy and shocking moments to make it stand out from the crowd.
Ordered Bill Hussey's first book and I am looking forward to reading, he is certainly a great find and could be a big writer in the future. Highly recommended if this is your type of novel and I hope he has a third novel on the way soon.
Seven months ago, the Nightingale family suffered the worst tragedy a family can endure: the loss of a beloved parent, Janet Nightingale - mother and wife. Worse yet, it happened in a car accident in which the eldest son Joe was driving. Joe believes he's responsible for his mother's death, but he carries his burden silently, alone.
Richard Nightingale grieves for the loss of his wife, but really - he lost Janet long ago. An alcoholic carrying on a four year affair, Richard lost Janet to something he cannot define or understand, and worst of all, he can never tell Joe or his youngest son Bobby. To them, he's an uncaring, alcoholic father who's been cheating on their mother. Bobby struggles with strange desires he can't accept, and like his brother and father, they limp along on their separate, solitary paths.
They're disconnected, dysfunctional, and falling away from each other: the perfect targets for evil. There's a secret buried in Janet's past, and it comes for them when they're willed a mill house and summer home from an unknown, distant relative. For Richard, it's a last chance to try and save his family.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read his previous book "Through a Glass Darkly" and thoroughly enjoyed it from page 1, I found this book plodding and confusing. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2012 by Dewisant
The Absence tries to follow the story of a highly dysfunctional family comprised of alcoholic widower father Richard Nightingale and his two sons, Joe and Bobby, the latter of... Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2010 by Green Man Music
Having read "Through A Glass Darkly" and loved every second of it I wanted to gobble up everything ever written by this author. Read morePublished on 13 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
If I had a penny for every horror book about an evil spirit in the form of a female child with long hair (no spoilers) I would be far better off. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by SonicQuack
I agree wholeheartedly with the 4-star review that says the epilogue ruined it. What I liked about this book was that it delved a bit deeper into the characters and the local... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2009 by S. Caughie
I bought this book because I had previously read Through a Glass, Darkly from the same author and it is one of my favourite books. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2009 by Mr. P. Patterson
Joe Nightingale is a young man haunted by the car accident which killed his mother. It was an accident, but he was the one driving, and he watched his mother die before him. Read morePublished on 19 July 2009 by Michelle Moore
When Joe Nightingale drove through a storm, too fast in a show-off car, the resulting accident killed his mother. Read morePublished on 20 May 2009 by Amazon Customer