The Guardians Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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"The latest novel from Canadian author Pyper is an ambitious excursion into Stephen King territory. . . . With a well-executed narrative, both past . . . and present, strong characterization and some truly arresting images, The Guardians""is a compelling and genuinely creepy read."-- "The Guardian "(UK) "Everything you could ask for in a thriller. It's psychologically unnerving, moves like a bullet, and is fraught with so much tension you might crack a tooth reading it. Outstanding in every way." - Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River " ""Pyper reveals his skill with pacing as the story takes on the speed of midnight dash through a graveyard. And please note: This is not schlock horror dripping with gore. Pyper expertly creates terror through mood and setting. We hear what keeps going bump in the night, but never quite see it." "-- The Globe and Mail" "A splendidly eerie haunted house story, and a superb evocation of small town life. The Guardiansn
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I have loved Andrew Pyper darkly, seductive novels, all of them are very different on the surface but underneath they all have similar characteristics, human anxieties and secrets and misgivings.
'The Guardians' has shades of Stephen King's IT and The Body in this 'coming of age' supernatural thriller but there is nothing wrong with that and Pyper doesn't put a foot wrong! The local haunted house has become part of urban mythology and the Thurman House in the Guardians represents that old abandoned spooky house in our town that we all ran past as children.
Trevor, Randy, Ben and Carl were boyhood friends until, looking for a missing person, they went into the Thurman House and what they found there changed them forever. They are bound by a vow of silence about what they found and the terrible things that happened in the house. Years later Trevor returns to Grimshaw for the funeral of Ben, the only one who stayed behind 'to watch the house' and to makes sure whatever was in there didn't escape. He committed suicide...
Accompanied by Randy, Trevor arrives in Grimshaw, Carl joins them for the tragic reunion to find history has a nasty habit of repeating itself and once again, they are forced to venture into the malevolent Thurman House.
The author uses a wonderful duel narrative from Trevor, present day and the past, his 'Memory Diary' using a Dictaphone on which he records episodes from his childhood. The pacing is superb, giving the reader precious little time to contemplate events before hurtling you into the next incident. The story has a perfect balance between the believable and the paranormal and Pyper's imagery is vivid and visceral full of compelling menace
Of course it really is all about friendship, rite of passage, what it is to become a man, and to be a man but as someone said it is a terrifying and breathless and as a midnight dare to run through your local graveyard...
We follow Trev, ex-nightclub owner and successful businessman, as he returns to the town of his youth (a la 'Salem's Lot). Partly disabled (too many King books to mention), Trev and his fellow Guardians (the name of the Ice Hockey team the friends all played for in their youth) return to bury their deceased friend, the one who took it upon himself to watch over the house that has haunted them for 20 odd years...
Now it might seem that I'm saying that this book is a rip-off of King, but then many books in the genre are rip-offs of others, and most are done far more poorly than this. Pyper builds good characters - the druggie, the laconic everyman, the weary and frightened lead - and mixes it with a strong sense of their community. The major gripe I have is that the end is done and dusted too quickly and conveniently.
That aside, this is a good, solid book. Yes it could be more 'original', but it keeps you coming back until you've finished it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not sure exactly what to say as i have mixed emotions. On the one hand i liked the story but on the other i had trouble with it because of the terminology he used. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ME
Another really good read by the author Andrew Pyper. I did enjoy this one, but also enjoyed all his other books.Published on 12 Mar. 2014 by pixiestix
I read this after looking at reviews however found it dull and couldn't finish it due to the complete tediousness of the writing. Read morePublished on 29 April 2013 by Cosmo
This is a book that is quick to get through once you get going. The structure is nice and simple. A modern day setting of adults meeting up again, whilst remembering via a diary... Read morePublished on 23 April 2013 by Mr. I. A. Macpherson
I have read this book and found it quite boring - all the way through you are waiting for something to happen but it never does. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2012 by Hectordog
I'm always up for a good ghost story; this is a story that is better in its second half than in the first. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2012 by Keen Reader
I am a huge fan of horrors and I find it really difficult to find a decent one that keeps me hooked from the first word, but let me tell you, this one does!! Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2011 by Kirsty
I don't read a lot of Canadian authors. Not because I have anything against them of course, it's just that I rarely seem to come across them on my bookish travels. Read morePublished on 24 July 2011 by Amazon Customer