Epitaph Paperback – 5 May 2011
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Epitaph is still very clearly the work of the same writer I remember from my days of feasting on Literary Horror's 1980's excesses. It's stark, grim and very fast paced. In fact this story of grief, despair and retribution is really easy to read. Not comfortable to read, or even necessarily entertaining, but the chapters are short, and the writing to the point. As I remembered, there's nothing verbose about Hutson's writing style, that's for sure.
The first character we are introduced to - in what we soon learn is a past narrative - is Laura Hackett, an 8 year old school girl, who we know is going to die, because of the jacket blurb. Then we meet a chap called Paul Crane, just as he's been informed he's lost his job in an advertising agency. Finally we are introduced to the parents of Laura Hackett, Frank and Gina, and we are quickly made aware that Gina is cheating on her hardworking, but poorly paid husband. These four characters, basically make up the whole cast. For part of the book, I was left wondering what connected the Hacketts to Paul.Read more ›
It is far too drawn out and slow, and the ending seems pointless after having waded through the whole book.
It's not that the idea is poor, or even the characters, I just don't think there is enough of a story to make it worthwhile.
Incidentally, the treatment of the identity of the actual killer seems a major loose end, as if the writer forgot about it?
The writer may be trying to change style, or has a very different editor?
Not a success.
Unfortunately the initial spark began to flicker and before the book reached a climax the flame was extinguished and I was left to merely turn pages to reach a conclusion that I had long ago guessed at.
If you haven't read Shaun before it is not a bad read and should whet your appetite for his older much better books. Compared to his earlier books such as Assassin this book would come in as PG
Without revealing the plot to any potential readers I found the level of details describing some incidents as nothing more than SICK and made me question what goes through an author's head when they write this.
Will probably never read a book of his again and I can see why his popularity has diminished over the years now.
Horror books for me are to entertain and shock you but this has just left me shocked and bewildered that this even got published.
I'm surprised the other reviews of this book are not of the same nature as mine and I would gladly give this negative stars if I could......................
Every year (until 2010) I would eagerly anticipate the August/September release of his one and only new book every year. In 2010, for the first year ever, I didn't buy on the release date. I chose to buy from Apple's BookStore in e-format, so I could read it on my iPad.
Sadly, my fears were confirmed - disappointing to say the least, very strung-out story, as another reviewer said, "should have been a short story, not a full novel".
I have to say, for the first time ever, the only SH novel that I could quite easily put down before reaching the end.
Don't know how much he got paid for it, but wish my 10.99 had stayed in my pocket.
Let's hope 2011's effort will be back to his old winning style....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining but quite a few holes in the plot. I did enjoy it though. :-)Published 17 months ago by Scott Thomson
Took this book and 2 other Shaun Hutson books on holiday. The only downside is they only lasted me 4 evenings, couldn't put either book down. Brilliant as usualPublished on 1 April 2013 by sjb999
As always Shaun Hutson keeps you gripped with the storyline, another real page turner - I read it from cover to cover in one hit.Published on 30 Oct. 2012 by Ms. K. Crawford
Speaking for myself, I enjoyed this book immensely and couldn't put it down.
I like Hutson's style of keeping you hooked with short chapters and this did serve to speed... Read more
I have to say, I must disagree with those reviews that thought little of Epitaph. I enjoyed the book if only for Hutson's candid study in the human psyche. Read morePublished on 29 May 2011 by Willow
I love Shaun Hutson novels,every one is gripping and makes you feel as if you are there,in every story. Read morePublished on 26 May 2011 by kitty15