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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120780
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Since I was a child I have enjoyed a good ghost story. I grew up reading the Fontana Book Of Ghost Stories among others, so I was looking forward to reading The Guardians. Luckely I was not dissapointed. Andrew Pyper has written a good supernatural chiller with plenty of scares and good characterisation. Rather like Stephen King's excellent novel It, The Guardians is set party in the past during the characters childhood and later in present day where the children now grownup return to the house to once again face the horror that lurkes there. This is a good scary novel and best read while sitting by the fire with a nice drink. Enjoy.
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The Guardians by Andrew Pyper

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...
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Although I found this quite a slow start,it was in the end a very good story.It picked up pace quite significantly once all the friends had been reunited.Then the happenings of the past that tied them together were slowly revealed chapter by chapter.This is about a house stood empty for years,a murder,an abduction and group of school friends.Is the house really haunted?Do each of them see the same ghost or is it a reflection of themselves in their own mind.One friend stays at home as a "watcher" and keeps his diary telling what he sees,this is all his life consists of and I could not work out from the story why he actually took his own life,but he obviously had deteriorated through living as he did to a state of despair.Each one had dealt differently with the things that they had seen and done, and they are all a pretty mixed up lot,not surprisingly-as the events they had a hand in were sure to stay with them how ever far away they went.The story picked up pace very quickly from about half way through bringing the whole thing neatly together,no loose ends-- and the house?? The best thing that could happen to it;happened.
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Obviously influenced by Stephen King, this horror novel is a decent page-turner. Set just outside of Ontario, it deals with themes recurring in King's work - age, regret, childhood, the lack of a father figure, returning home and so on. A group of youngsters are party to horrific acts and then go their separate ways as is the case with youth. Decisions made lead them to different futures, much like 'The Body/Stand By Me'. Some leave town, some become successful, some are left behind (It). Drugs claim victims, meaningless mediocrity claim others but it is the suicide of one of their number that leads the group back home.

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.
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