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The Quickening Hardcover – 28 Mar 2013

2.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer; First edition edition (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099580233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099580232
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.8 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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I read this book after listening to Julie Myerson talk about it at a recent Literature festival event and also because I have read several others in the Hammer series. 'The Quickening' had a strong enough opening but petered out in the middle and the ending disappointed. Like other reviewers here, I too wondered if it would have been published at all if an unknown had written it, instead of which an established author (Myerson) approached Hammer after reading Helen Dunmore's entry (The Great Coat) and being inspired to write her own supernatural entry. (Myerson told the audience this at the event) and Hammer commissioned her. The characters are thin, and don't really emotionally engage the reader. I kept waiting for something to happen. The ghost pops up every so often, described in the same cliched way each time. By the time the twist comes round at the end, it's a bit hard to care.
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.
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I'm a dedicated fan, and will be forever grateful for 'Living with Teenagers', while Laura Blundy is one of my all-time favourite novels. I will read whatever Julie publishes.

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.
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Well, that's it, really. As an attempt at a horror story it fails completely and should never have been allowed to see the light of day. It is a shame as Miss Myerson has already written a superb horror story -- her autobiographical account of her hair-riaising experience with her seriously difficult (an understatement) son.
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Rachel, newly pregnant, and husband, Dan, decide to visit a Caribbean island for their January honeymoon; Rachel envisages beaches of white sand, fringed with palm trees and girls with flowers in their hair, serving cocktails by the pool. Glad to have left winter behind them, Rachel and Dan arrive in Antigua all set for their holiday in paradise, but as soon as they arrive, very strange things begin to happen: furniture moves by itself; glasses shatter into hundreds of pieces; objects appear to have a life of their own and Rachel begins to experience worrying dreams. Are these occurrences delusions? Is there an angry and restless spirit at large? Or is Rachel being targeted by something more earthly, but no less sinister? Or could it be that it is Dan, and not Rachel, who is actually in danger? Obviously, I have to leave that for prospective readers to discover.

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!

4 Stars.
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This is the first book by Julie Myerson I read and it started very promising (I stated it late Saturday night and had to stop reading because I was made so uneasy by the narrative, I envisioned voodoo magic, dead people talking through the bodies of native Caribbean folk, re-incarnation and what not!). It all started sooo good. It gave me chills!

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.
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Newly married and pregnant Rachel is whisked off by her husband travel journalist Dan to the beautiful island of Antigua for an idyllic extended honeymoon. But all is not well, as she is warned by various locals of an impending danger to her husband and there are also the strange visions that nobody else seems to see - is Rachel going mad or is there something more sinister going on.

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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