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The String Diaries by [Jones, Stephen Lloyd]
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The String Diaries is an engrossing, mind-bending supernatural tale, and Stephen Lloyd Jones is as exciting a new voice as I've come across in some time, a writer who understands what makes the pulse race (Michael Koryta, author of Those Who Wish Me Dead)

Reading The String Diaries made me feel, in the best sense, like a child again. Nothing was more important than the fate of Stephen Lloyd Jones's courageous and very human heroine Hannah Wilde. Meals went uncooked, bills went unpaid, as I waited to find out if she would win freedom for herself and her daughter against the forces of darkness. I was scared, enthralled and amazed by this stunning debut (Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy)

With The String Diaries, Stephen Lloyd Jones has created a new mythology of the monstrous to rival Stoker's or Shelley's. Grounded in the real world and populated by characters we believe in, this is a book of magic for the doubtful, a fantastic tale for skeptics, at once transporting and convincing (Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist)

I have never read a book with such frenzied impatience. The String Diaries is unputdownable. Stephen Lloyd Jones has written a debut novel as frightening and layered as Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian and as clever and riveting as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon)

I loved this book (Marcus Sakey, author of Brilliance)

At once chilling and soulful, this hauntingly powerful tale weaves together the best elements of the psychological thriller, fantasy horror, and historical fiction. Stephen Lloyd Jones has penned a deeply inventive, dazzling debut novel (Eliot Pattison, author of Edgar Award-winning The Skull Mantra)

So gripping you'll want to read late into the night; so terrifying you shouldn't (Simon Mayo, the Radio 2 Book Club)

Original, richly imagined and powerfully told (Guardian)

Will keep you awake late into the night (SFX)

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If your greatest fear could take the form of your closest friend, who would you trust? An engrossing and terrifying supernatural thriller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2577 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BY7B6YW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2013
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This fast moving novel straddles many different genres - it is part thriller, part supernatural fantasy and also touches on historical fiction. What is certain is that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. We are immediately thrown into the action, meeting Hannah Wilde, her injured husband Nate and nine year old daughter Leah when they are fleeing for their life. For some time we are unsure about why they are on the run and, more to the point, who (or what) they are trying to escape from. However, their sense of urgency and fear is palpable and you find yourself being swept along into the story.

There are three timelines by which we learn about what is going on. One storyline, concerning Hannah and her family, is set in the present. There is also the tale of Hannah's parents, which largely takes place in 1970's Oxford. Lastly, there is a third, which takes place in Hungary in the 1870's. It is difficult to discuss these various strands of the novel without giving away the plot, so suffice to say that gradually the mystery of why Hannah is running is revealed. A tragedy, beginning in Hungary, so long ago, has followed Hannah's family through the ages. For generations, Hannah's family has relied on escape; but now she faces the final outcome, as events conspire on a collision course which will end in either disaster or freedom from the curse which she has lived with all her life.

As other reviewers have quite rightly pointed out, there are moments when you do need to suspend disbelief and simply go with the flow of the book. What is without doubt is that this is a huge novel which I found almost unputdownable. It really would be a fantastic holiday read, or on a long plane journey. This is an extremely self assured debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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his is a difficult book to review. If I try to say anything more than what is in the synopsis I run the huge risk of spoiling the story, or at least you may be able to guess what is happening. So I’m a bit limited in what I can say.

Lloyd Jones manages to effortlessly combine Hungarian folklore with elements of the supernatural and thriller, as well as a small dash of romance. Creating this beautiful book that keeps you on your toes.

Hannah has to verify everyone, and if in doubt run. How is the person they are running from hidden and how can they stop running? The fear and the reason for hiding is unclear, what or even, who are they running from? The reader slowly receives a trickle of information as the book progresses and then speeds up as all the pieces of the puzzle come together.

The narrative weaves between different time periods – including the late 1970’s in Oxford, and the late 1800’s in Hungary (more specifically Budapest). This scattered narrative is how Lloyd Jone’s can provide limited information, but it also helps to expand on the reasons for Jakab’s villainous behaviour and why he is relentless in his pursuit of Hannah.

Once you start this book, it is very hard to put down. The twists in the plot and the non-linear narrative makes it difficult to guess the outcome. How will Hannah survive? Will anyone be willing to help her? And will she ever be able to stop running?
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I loved this book. I heard it being reviewed with the Author on Radio 2 and decided to buy for my Kindle. Like many other reviewers I just couldn't put it down and I was very sad when I finished reading as I would have liked to read more. I thought the characters were good and felt sympathy with them all (apart from one or two very bad men!! The writer tied up the ends in a very satisfactory way - I don't like things to just hang. But I could still imagine a follow on book - or is that wishful thinking.

I recommended it to my daughter who has a similar taste and she felt just the same. She bought a "proper book" which has the benefit of being a really good looking book. We will definately be watching for his next release whatever story that may be because I like his style of writing.

I haven't said anything about the story as many reviewers have said it all already - just need to read it ...
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I listened to the author being interviewed on the radio and read an extract this morning. I couldn't wait to read the rest of the book so downloaded it to my kindle immediately. I started to read it on a train journey, having already nearly missed the train as I was so immersed in it. I then nearly missed the stop where I had to get off for the same reason. This story kept me so involved that I didn't want to put it down. I read all 416 pages today and can honestly say that this is the best book I have ever read. The Da Vinci Code was good but nothing compares to this!
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With all the years and years of reading I've done, I'm sort of an expert reader of mysteries, psychological thrillers, obscure history, occult literature, mythology, etc etc... and I have to say that this was one super read combining all of those elements and more.

If there were any flaws in the book, like plotting or whatever, I didn't notice it because I was so caught up in the world Jones created. He moved deftly between describing the inner landscape of a very, very sick individual (psychopath-like in so many ways) and the hearts full of deep emotion and empathy. What a wild ride! And thankfully, he didn't fall into graphic gore descriptions - he didn't need to - since the psychological effects were quite enough!

Just a great book. You won't be able to put it down, I guarantee.
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