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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st Paperback Printing Promotional edition (19 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280780
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.' Sunday Times

‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
Woman’s Realm

‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
Frank Delaney

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

From the Back Cover

The past isn't always dead or buried…

When Joss Grant, adopted at birth, inherits Belheddon Hall – a beautyful old house on the East Anglian coast – it is like a dream come true. Eager to begin a new life there with Luke, her husband, and Tom, her small son, she is also impatient to find out about her newly discovered family who lived there for generations.

But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is she imagining them? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon's tragic and dramatic history, her fear grows very real, for she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone's control.

"Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell"
FRANK DELANEY

"Vivid, romantic and deliciously scary…Erskine at her storytelling best"
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a well written, compelling story of a love that intersects the past, as well as the present. An excellent piece of paranormal fiction, it keeps the reader riveted to the pages.
The story begins in the nineteen thirties, when a fourteen year old boy named Adam, while traipsing in the isolated crags of the Scottish highlands near an ancient Celtic stone, meets Brid, a girl whom he mistakes for a gypsy, due to her wild, long hair, and her exotic style of dress. Unbeknownst to him, a portal in time has opened, allowing Adam and Brid, who is actually a Druid from the sixth century, to cross back and forth in time. Adam, however, does not realize that he is actually travelling back and forth in time, while Brid is not only fully aware of what is happening, but is doing so in contravention of what her uncle, a high priest to the Druids, and her training have taught her.
Over time, she becomes obsessive about Adam, who is her first love, while Adam, as he grows up, moves on with his life. In leaving the heartsick Brid behind and consigning her to his memories, he takes his life in a seemingly new direction.
Brid, on the other hand, forsaking the teachings of her people and incurring the wrath of her powerful uncle and a sure sentence of death, is dead serious about Adam, and she goes through the time portal in search of him. Adam, who has by now left home to go to medical school, is unaware of her obsession and of the lifelong quest now set in motion.
Over the years, Adam makes new friends, becomes a doctor, gets married, and has a family, but Brid, trapped in the wrong time, begins to haunt them all, as she searches for Adam. Her obsession with him finally turns deadly, and the body count begins to mount, as she seeks to tear him asunder from all whom he holds dear.
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This is a paranormal tale similar to some of Phil Rickman's stand alones. I was reluctant to buy it at first because the main plot relies heavily on time travel but the Scottish setting and druidic tradition lured me into buying it; if you expect this to be similar to Diana Gabaldan's sagas then you will be disappointed there is very little depth to the Pictish interludes of the novel, suprising as the author is a historian.

Adam Craig is a young Scottish boy growing up in the Highlands, the son of a severe Prebyterian minister in the twenties. Adam's life is shattered when his mother leaves his austere father; Adam begins to wander the hills to escape his misery and becomes fascinated by an ancient pictish cross. When he meets wild and beautiful Brid (pronounced Breed) he spends as much time with her as possible passing off her strange language, superstition and feudal way of life as her being the child of tinkers.

Brid though is of another time, she is a priestess in training and when Adam eventually moves on with his life leaving her behind; a dark obsession is spawned that stretches through the centuries between them and casts a dark curse over 50 years of Adam's life.

What makes this shine as a novel is the wonderfully written characters; no-one in Adam's life is safe from Brid's obsessive possession and the tension of the novel works because you care about these people and worry for their safety. Where this novel falls down is that the airy-fairy mysticism never feels fully grounded and some of the explanations can be confusing. Once the novel progresses post war to Adam's life as a young doctor raising a family the sparkle of the novel seems to dim, as we enter into the sixties and beyond.
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By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2000
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After the other books by Ms Erskine, I did not think her writing could get any better but she has proven us wrong I thoroughly enjoyed House of Echoes from beginning to end. The story of Joss who inherits Belheddon Hall from a mother she never knew. All that Joss knows about the house is that two young brothers died there many years ago, but local townspeople whisper darkly of a curse on both the house and Joss's family. Joss and her husband and small son Tom move in, thinking the house is an end to all their troubles, but little do they know they are just about to begin, Joss start's to hear the laughter of two small boys and her son Tom start's too go into hysterics at the sight of a tin man. Intrigued from beginning to end this is a book that can be read again and again!
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By A Customer on 13 July 2002
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This was the first Erskine book that I read, and it is amazing. Ever since reading this novel I have bought all of Erskine's books.
'On The Edge Of Darkness' is a truly eye-opening book, which provides suspense, magic and mystery, as well as love. It sends the reader through a whole range of emotions, for the first time whilst reading a novel I was actually shocked when events happened as it was never what I was expecting.
A real thrill ride, definatly worth buying! :)
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2014
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Joss inherits a house - Belheddon - completely out of the blue. The inheritance comes just at the right time when Luke, her husband, has lost his job and they need to find somewhere cheaper to live and where he can set up a new business. The house is very old and seems to have a bad reputation in the village but Luke and Joss and their small son Tom are determined t0 make the best of things and turn it into a family home.

What follows is a nightmare with Joss being aware of voices and what her son calls 'The Tin Man'. Things move of their own volition. Tom's cot is found on the opposite side of the room and family history shows that male children seem to meet untimely ends. Luke suspects Joss may be going mad but Joss knows she isn't.

With plenty of ghostly happenings and lots of misunderstandings between Joss and her sister Lynn who is living with them and looking after Tom and new baby, Ned this is a fast paced and spooky story. The tension mounts until the final spine chilling ending. Not a good idea to read it at night on your own especially if you live in an old house.
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