The Fischer House was the scene of a vicious crime in the 1920s - a crime which still resonates as the century turns.
At its heart was a beautiful, enigmatic woman called Pandora Gibson-Hoare, a photographer of genius whose only legacy is a handful of photographs and the clues to a mystery.
Paul Seaton was lured to the house ten years ago and escaped, a damaged man.
Now three students will die unless he dares to go back.
But this time he has Nick Mason at his side, and maybe Mason's military skills and visceral courage will be enough.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 06/03/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340953877
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Review by bibliobeck
I have to agree with the previous review that this book didn't pan out as I expected. It all got a bit 'overblown' for me towards the end; however the first two thirds of the book were page turningly enjoyable and very creepy in places. I was hooked by the first chapter and the 'horror' here was subtle and imagined rather than the more obvious encounters at the end of the tale.I have a liking for works of fiction that imagine real figures from history in them and in this book we encounter Aleister Crowley and Dennis Wheatley among others. Their malevolent presence and increasingly frequent break-throughs into the main character's world are chillingly described by the author... and they have to do little more than smile, induce period music in a room and move ever closer when the protagonist isn't looking to make the reader's skin crawl. For me, this was clever, subtle writing. The reason I have given this book 4 stars is that I found the ending somewhat disappointing as a solid beast of a creature emerged to stamp through the more delicate, unsettling horror that we experienced at the start of the book. I also found some of the links between characters less than credible. However, I'd definitely recommend this as an enjoyable read and will keep an eye out for more from this author.
Review by tillymint100
Mmmm took me a while to get into this, probably about 100 or so pages. I did enjoy it but didn't find it an easy read. The last few chapters I had to read a couple of times before I really felt like I'd finished the book.