The Evil Seed, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


'I'm still rather fond of this first book of mine, in spite of all the time that has elapsed, and in spite of the way my style has evolved.' Joanne Harris Caution - May contain vampires. It's never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams, as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend.

Then Alice finds an old diary and reads about two men and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago. As the stories seem to intertwine, Alice comes to realize that her instinctive hatred of Joe's new girlfriend may not just be due to jealousy, as she is plunged into a nightmare world of obsession, revenge, seduction - and blood.


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Joanne Harris grew up into a pretty good writer, but this reissued early work doesn’t really do her any favours. It’s an overblown Gothic vampire story that adds little new to the genre; the villain is a Belle Dame Sans Merci type rather than an angsty young man in ruffles, but that’s about as different as it gets. It’s perfectly readable, and if it’d been written by another author I might’ve been less critical. But, then again, if it’d been written by another author, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up in the first place.

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Something inside me remembers and will not forget...When Alice Farrell is drawn to Grantchester churchyard and reads the strange inscription on Rosemary Virginia Ashley's gravestone, she feels oddly disturbed. And when former boyfriend Joe returns to Cambridge with his new girlfriend Ginny, Alice is repelled by the ethereal, lavender-eyed beauty - and is certain of her evil. Then Alice finds an old diary in Ginny's room and reads the story of Daniel Holmes, who lived in Cambridge forty years earlier, and fell under the fatal spell of Rosemary Ashley. As the two stories intertwine, Alice's suspicions about Ginny increase - until the past meets present in a terrifying climax... Joanne Harris's books to me are like a new pair of shoes. They hurt the feet at first and then worn in are that comfortable. At first I thought I'm not going to like this and couldn't get into the book, and then it clicks into place and I couldn't put it down. It is the authors first book and I have to say it is one of her best. As for being a vampire tale however it hasn't got the gothic atmosphere as a classic, but does offer a few chills. A classy tale of the vampire and not a clove of garlic in sight

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Written before vampires became so fashionable! Really scary - loved it!

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