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Decent idea but the plot is over complicated and tends to drift.
on 7 February 2014
The House of Lost Souls is my third F. G. Cottam novel. As usual it is quite a mixed bag. The basic story concerns itself with a photographer, Pandora Gibson-Hoare, whose presence seems to reach out of the past and haunt the life of Paul Seaton who must fight his own demons to solve the riddle of the enigmatic photographer. What follows is a race against the clock and a descent into possible madness as Seaton battles through clues, historical evidence and uncovers a secret sect involving some of the better known 'magicians' of Pandora's era such as Alesteir Crowley. There's a lot of information here. The plot drifts in and out of focus and it's not difficult to get lost along the way. I had to re-read some of the chapters more than once to keep up. There are some decent elements of creepiness and horror and the idea behind the story is interesting, that's why I'm leaving 3*, but this is a book that takes some concentration and once the plot begins to wander off it can be hard to remain hooked.