Saturday, September 24, 2011

R.I.P another book

First off let me say that I am sorry there is no book cover photo to go with this post I am not using my computer,  and do not want to bog down Honey's with the picture.

I just finished reading James Herbert's The Secret of Crickley Hall. This book took me longer to read than I thought it would. Not because of the length or the writing, but because of work, and life stuffs. OK, all of that out of the way now on with my thought on the book.

OMG, I loved Crickley Hall. It was dark, spooky, twisted, sad, and very very well written. I read some of it before I fell asleep and it gave me night mares, AWESOME. Just to let you know I am not one who is big on nightmares but it has been a long time sense book as done that to me.

The setup of the book is a family having suffered something in the recent past moves in the Crickley Hall for a change of perspective. Of course Crickley Hall is in a English coastal village, where everyone knows everyone, and there is nothing hidden from anyone. The village does not play a large part in the story, much of what takes place is in that Hall itself. That is a wonderful thing for this book. Mr. Herbert did an excellent job on the whole story. Things were tied up nicely at the end, no plot lines were left straggling, and what most impressed me was his ability to string words together to pant a picture that could not be escaped from. I also liked that the chapters were short, and the heading of each chapter explained the timeline.

If anyone asks yes, read this book. This is one that I would highly recommend. This man is in my opinion a wordsmith.

Quotes:

 Pg 3 "Silent tears drenched their cheeks and glacial fingers seemed to squeeze their small hearts."

Pg 443 "Eve closed the door and locked it, even thought she knew it wouldn't stay shut. The key was icy to her touch."

7 comments:

Caroline said...

This sounds very creepy. Thanks for the review, I hadn't heard of it before but I will try and find it.

Nulaanne said...

Hi Caroline, it was very creepy. I was lucky enough that the library had a copy of it.

8thdayplanner said...

I am always happy to read book recommendations. Unfortunatly, things that cause nightmares? I think I'll have to pass.

Nulaanne said...

It is not for everyone, it is just I have not had nightmares in a long time, and was suprised. It could be to that I am traveling and my sleep pattern is not the same as at home.

Kailana said...

This book sounds like the perfect atmospheric read!

Nulaanne said...

Hi Kailana, it was a great read. The only thing that would have made it better was stormy dark nights. But as I was in CA when I read it, it was balmy and warm.

Melinda Belle said...

Oh, I love creepy. Definitely adding this to my list to read. I've only read one story by Herbert.