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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Sept. 2013
- Language: English
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There was an extra chapter that was removed from the novel by Herbert himself, which you can read within Herbert's biography - Devil In The Dark. This is an intersting addition to the novel which expands on the relationship between Liam and Cora (two major characters), but was removed because Herbert thought it slowed the pace of novel down too much.
I'd definitely recommend this book to any fan of the horror genre. I'd say it is definetly one of Herbert's better novels. Still it's not a patch on The Rats, The Fog, The Survivor or '48. Well worth a read though! Enjoy!
It is a very dark read revolving around Halloran, whose specialist security company has been hired to provide protection for Felix Kline, an individual who believes he is in danger of being kidnapped or murdered. For the main part, the story is set at Neath, Kline's extremely gothic sounding country residence with characters including Cora his beautiful devoted assistant and a bunch of extremely sadistic and violent bodyguards collected from all corners of the world. The house itself is creepy - something lurks in the lake, there is an unseen Gate Keeper and you certainly would not want to take the chance of running into the guard dogs! Definitely a house you would not want to spend a night in.
Not just horror, it also has all the elements of a good hard edged thriller with a cast of characters who really are amongst the most loathsome and sick you could find in any book. There hardly seems to be anyone in the book who isn't twisted with strange desires and who isn't prepared to do what it takes to indulge them. Halloran himself has his own demons to face in the book, demons which went a long way to shaping the man from the boy.
As you can expect from James Herbert, the story is extremely well written and builds slowly but surely to an absolutely terrifying climax. As stated earlier it is a very dark read, with practically every scene containing some element of horror or weirdness with no light relief whatsoever. There is a lot of violence and it is extremely gory - in fact James Herbert seems to go out of his way with every book to find new ways to shock and disgust you.
I first read this decades ago and it's stood the test of time quite well. The plot is imaginative and the characters well drawn. Personally I would have preferred more of the ancient and less of the modern in this novel, but it did keep me turning the pages, and that's enough.
The sense of unease just grows as Herbert writes in flowing passages of pure beauty and terror. This is a first class writer using all his skills to create a work of art. Every time I read another James Herbert book I'm reminded of his incredible talent. The suspense is slowly wrung out of every situation, while the mood is darkened with each chapter. Step by step fear closes in like a cold fist around your trembling heart. Small pieces of the jigsaw are slowly glimpsed, before the horrible truth is finally revealed. It takes great skill as a writer to gradually build up the tension then release the black heart of the story. This is truly a journey into the heart of darkness. Don't miss out on one of Herbert's greatest books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Usually love James Herbert's books but this one didn't seem quite up to standard. Gave up 3/4 of the way through.Published 4 months ago by Luke
James Herbert, quite simply the best, every word on every page in every book totally gripping. Always RIP Mr HerbertPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Marvellous, a very compelling tale of the devil incarnate, and cohorts. I loved every minute of this book, typical Herbert.Published 7 months ago by lee ford