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- Book 3 of 5 in PHIL RICKMAN BACKLIST (5 Book Series)
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At the time Philosopher's Stone, a group chosen for their psychic ability as much as for their musical skills are recording an album in a partly ruined abbey in the Brecon Beacons.
Thinks go badly wrong, tragedy strikes and the band insist that the tapes are destroyed - but are they?
They go their seperate ways but something from that session remains with them and they all struggle to return to 'normal' life.
When the tapes resurface, 14 years later, the four are persuaded to return to the Abbey Studios to complete the album - in December! But the Abbey hasn't finished with them. What is its secret, is there some connection with the infamous 1175 Abergavenny massacre? In December. Could the evil possibly be reaching out to them across the centuries?
This is an absolutely stunning novel, neither a horror tale nor a ghost story - yet it's both! A real one off which deserves to become a classic.
And what happened to the recordings? All malevolent influences have been safely removed, the existing tracks have been finished, a few new ones added, and 'The Abbey Tapes - the exorcism' is now available on mp3, iplayer & CD.
A perfect complement to the book - well worth a listen.
Like the rest of Phil Rickman's books this has again been categorised as 'Horror' - but it is so much more than that. It's not the usual slash and gore that readers have come to know as the definitive for this category. It's eerie, full of suspense and like his other books - once you've started to read it you'll be loathe to put it down.
A note to the publishers - PLEASE re-print it! Because there's no way I'm selling my copy!
I must admit that I did find the first few chapters hard to grasp but I went back to the beginning and soon got into the swing of things. This isn't a book though where you can just read for a coffee break. The characters in the story are complex and there are a lot of them to remember. I read the book over a couple of nights and that maintained the flow of the story.
So take a very old haunted Abbey, throw in a recording studio then add a Rock Band that have all been brought together not only because of their musical talent but because of their psychic abilities and across the Atlantic the imminent murder of John Lennon, you soon have the making of a cracking novel. Phil Rickman then delivers this.
All of the characters in the book are very distinct, some had tried to move on from events that occurred while others couldn't. I liked the build up to the end of the novel too and that not all the good guys survive. Brilliant atmosphere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listened to it, and read it at the same time.
Well researched (as usual with his books.) Dark goings on in the Abbey, the music scene opened up,
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Some gruesome detail but the intrigue drives me on. Rickman is an intelligent and original writer. I am utterly compelled to read his books.Published 11 months ago by Dione
Always enjoyed Phil Rickman and am really pleased that they have started making the Merrily series. Hope they do the lot. i think it airs in the autumn on ITV EncorePublished 12 months ago by Hughie Jones