The Quickening Hardcover – 28 Mar 2013
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"Myerson takes us into her rising levels of panic, right up to the final plot-twist ... Myerson writes with a fluidity that quickly absorbs the reader" (Independent)
"a gripping tale ... Myerson keeps the reader guessing until the very end and provides no easy answers in a deceptively simple read that will compel horror fans while being just as satisfying to her own readership" (Observer)
"brimming with black magic, murder and menace. Full of twists and turns, and written with subtlety and intelligence, it's a truly haunting tale written in the best horror tradition" (Sunday Mirror)
"Good things happen when writers enter the realm of the unexpected for new horror fiction from Hammer ... The pace is terrific and she keeps your pulse pounding." (The Times, Saturday Review)
"a good fast read; just the thing for your next Caribbean holiday" (Evening Standard)
"genuinely scary and enthralling" (Spectator)
"a genuinely creepy tale from a very skilled author" (Rich Tapestry Reads)
"Julie Myerson's novels are perfectly suited to long, drifting afternoons spent in empty houses with only the odd, atmospheric creak of pipe or groan of plank for company." (Daily Telegraph)
"Her reputation is terrific, and she completely deserves it." (Independent)
"Myerson can write. Her dialogue has poise and precision, and she seldom pre-empts the reader. She also knows how to structure a narrative, so that details are revealed gradually and without prescription." (Guardian)
A honeymoon couple on a tropical island goes horribly wrong. A tense and terrifying Hammer novella by Julie Myerson, the author of Something Might Happen and The Story of You.See all Product Description
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The total lack of regular use of speech marks for dialogue (and there is a lot of dialogue) might be a trendy experiment, but I wonder if it is effective? It didn't work for me. Overall disappointing.
I know this story was a departure for her, an experiment with a different form.
But for me, it should have stayed as just that - an unpublished experimental manuscript, to be recycled into something good at a future date.
This story was wooden, the details left sloppy (no-one can get married in a couple of days) and neither the characters nor their perambulation through the scenes were remotely credible, or interesting.
Ok, there's an unexpected twist - but by that time I was indifferent.
Published by Arrow Books in association with Hammer Films, this is a suspenseful and unsettling tale by an author who is very good at creating and building an atmosphere of tension and uncertainty. I must admit to being rather easily scared, so if you enjoy reading seriously terrifying horror stories, you may find that this slim novel might not satisfy; however this short, fast-moving story kept me turning the pages keen to discover just what was really happening on this honeymoon from hell, and just who was really in danger. A book to read and enjoy in one sitting, but not one that will keep you awake at night too scared to turn off the light!
The hammer books are designed to be read in one sitting and I finished “The Quickening” the next day. Yes, it is a page-turner, but is it a thrilling read that will scare and terrify you? Not really. Ms Myerson also got muddled up in the end, all the evidence that she provided in the beginning (the driver’s comment about the husband upon arriving, moving chairs, chandelier flying from the wall – all of this and more did not really tie up with the story).
I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the final explanation does not really explain the killings. And what’s with the luxury resort serving fried chips and coke bottles and cigarette butts scattered everywhere (I know, it’s a small point, but it became annoying towards the end)? And the final plot twist? You kinda see it coming (although I did wonder who would be the final victim for a while!).
Not the scariest piece of fiction I've read, but it actually encouraged me to try more of Julie Myerson.
An unusually written but intriguing and captivating story. Contrasting the dark supernatural with the glorious setting of paradise made for a very chilling read.
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