Community Hardcover – 13 May 2013
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"Masterton turns in another top-notch performance with this unusual ghost story. This is an excellent horror story, with an added dimension, an extra layer of suspense."
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About the Author
Graham Masterton, a "master of modern horror" (Library Journal), is one of the world's best-selling horror writers. A journalist by trade, Masterton's debut novel, The Manitou, was an instant hit and was filmed with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Although a little predictable in places it is a well crafted story that did manage to blast a couple of my theories in places, the book had a nice eeriness about it more so than creepy. Found the sex scenes pretty pointless they just seemed to be thrown in to emphasise a point that had clearly already been made.
Enjoyable quick read.
What happened to the GM novels that thrilled, scared and engrossed - Mirror, Black Angel, Revenge of the Manitou, to name but a few? Instead this rubbish is very, very poor.
Anyway, our hero in this book has both with his Landlady/Companion who always seem to be making lovely meals for him or performing all sorts of interesting things in bed. In spite of her less- than -perfect state,, he sticks around. Surprise, surprise.
Readers should find this book entertaining, as long as logic is suspended because after all, it's pure fantasy with quite a few glaring "improbables".
Masterton is a well established writer of thriller/horror fiction and the standard is maintained here.
I don't want to give the plot away but just to say I found it hard to put down, right to the end.
The strange hospital-dominated community in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains is like the theme of many unsettling films but far fewer novels. The denouement is surely original and this book shows that Masterton is back on form after some disappointing tales in recent years and has meant many readers wondering if quantity has taken precedence over quality.
The hero of the tale is recovering from a terrible car crash but Masterton skilfully manages to produce a satisfactory explanation which is unlike anything that could have been guessed - certainly not in the exact form that the mystery is revealed. The main criticism is the blurb on the front jacket that is more incorrect than misleading - three of the few facts it mentions as occurring in the story simply do not happen! Mr Masterton - please hire a new blurb writer as your current one has plainly not read the book with his/her comments about disappearing people, vanishing girlfriends and strangers being ignored by locals. There are enough weird and icy fingers-on-the-hands(and other extremities!) moments to not need to create any imaginary ones.
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