Twisted Souls Hardcover – 4 Aug 2005
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Shaun Hutson is significantly better than other Brits. His short, cliffhanger-capped chapters propel you through the story at pace (SFX Magazine)
Two men, two women... one nightmare... Shaun Hutson is back at his best - writing horror.See all Product Description
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The story follows two couples, both in some way disfunctional, each individual battling their own demons. They go away for a break to the sleepy town of Roxton. As you might expect though, something is rotten in the heart of Roxton and it seems to have something to do with a local mining catastrophe some years previously.
Settled in their holiday home, the Tates and the Mortons dance around their problems and each other and Hutson does a good job of creating a sense of 'walking on eggshells' in this mini-drama, which is, for the most part, more about people than screaming terror.
In one sense, this is a good thing, because one thing that Hutson has been accused of in the past is lack of characterisation - something he seems to attempt to remedy here. Unfortunately, come the end of the story, I couldn't help feel that all the 'horror' was kept for the end rather than spread effectively through the narrative. There are also a series of interludes involving secondary characters whose purpose, obviously, is to infuse the tale with the sense of the supernatural, to give some kind of explanation when the finale comes, but at least a couple of them feel utterly, utterly pointless and unresolved at the end, almost like Hutson forgot he'd written them, or just couldn't be bother resolving them. He has done this before though - see Stolen Angels.Read more ›
Do yourself a favour, go out and buy Assassins, a vintage Hutson classic, and see for yourself what a great author he used to be.
Half of the book in and you fill as if the stories about to explode, and just when you think your about to get a tipical Hutson blood bath, nothing happens.
As with all Hutson books the author has a excellent nack of finishing each chapter with a fill of suspence, and antisipation. The build up of the charactors, both main and secondary, was written well, but the ending in the mine and evil Roman 'God' did't hit my spot. Could of had more blood and gutts, but would not put me of buying another Hutson book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual with his books he digs deep into the horror that's inside all of usPublished 8 months ago by James Marshall
This was an ok read ....it had some interesting moments but I found the ending very disappointing and a bit silly really! Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2010 by Mrs. P. J. Salsbury
I'm running out of things to say about Shaun, great attention to detail, brilliantly linked story lines, fantastic endings.... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2010 by Ms. K. Crawford
Shaun Hutson is one of the kings of pulp horror fiction. In Twisted Souls the story is derivative and unoriginal, a sleepy village town hiding a sinister secret. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2009 by SonicQuack
THIS BOOK IS QUITE TYPICAL OF ALL STANDARD HORROR/THRILLER BOOKS. YOU CAN PREDICT THE ENDING BEFORE IT HAS ACTUALLY HAPPENED, WHETHER THIS IS DUT TO THE FACT THAT I HAVE READ SO... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2008 by Ms. Amanda J. Kinslow
Two couples decide to go on a holiday to the small town of Roxton, in Derbyshire. However, the town holds a deadly secret, dating back to an accident, in the local mine, twenty... Read morePublished on 16 April 2008 by J.Flood
The first half of the book is good...not great, but good. The characters are interesting enough, and the plot is okay, but the second half of the book felt rushed, and the ending... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2007 by Louise Dick