The Hyde Hotel Paperback – 6 Jan 2016
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I enjoyed the stories. There was only one that I couldn't get into, and I ended up having to skip it, but the others held my interest. Most of the stories are dark in theme. The visitors to the hotel are all people who seem to be at some kind of low point or crisis point in their lives. There's suspense, intrigue, mystery, and fantasy. The paranormal is a theme that crops up in a few stories as do the themes of loneliness or isolation. There's a lot of introspective writing in this anthology.
It's an enchanting collection of stories; something for everyone. My favourites are "The Blue Room" for the descriptive quality of the writing and the imagery; "Lost and Found" because of the subject matter (the visitor to the hotel was following in the steps of an obscure, now deceased, novelist whose books she admired) and the mystery element; "The Wrath of the Deep" because of the fantasy theme and imaginative story; "Checking Out" because of the way it ties everything up at the end and adds to the mystery and strangeness of the hotel. "The Edifice of Dust" is also very intriguing and contains some wonderful imagery.
Definitely worth reading. I think most readers will find a few stories to enjoy here.
I enjoyed every story, and each one had something different to offer. If you are a lover of Horror, Paranormal, mystery, suspense then you will find a story to read. My favourites were Wrath of the Deep, I liked the fact that modern met the past, a dirty cop had to retrieve an ancient relic to escape capture, but some decisions are not easy to make. Tick box mainly due to the unexpected ending and Something like Blood, the way the story is told you can really imagine what is going on in the hotel room. To wrap the book up Checking out finalizes your stay at the hotel.
This a great read and the stories let my imagination go wild. Definitely a 5-star rating on the book, but if I had to rate the hotel on trip adviser, would it be a place that I would like to visit, I don’t think so.