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Beyond Here Lies Nothing (Concrete Grove #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Chilling Contempoary Horror set in the English suburbs.

Ben arrives in the Concrete Grove to research a book about the Northumbrian Poltergeist, an infamous paranormal incident from the early 1970s. A set of twins were haunted by a spirit they nicknamed Captain Clickety, and the media of the time were split between derision and hysteria.

As Ben teases out the supressed det
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Solaris (first published August 27th 2012)
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Gavin Gates
This is the third part of a trilogy so I will do the justice I can for this review. As a stand alone it is surprisingly (un)easy to read, setting the novel in Northumberland lends very well to the atmosphere needed to carry off such a dark piece of writing, McMahon has done a superb job of making sure that points needed to be known (as far as I can tell) from the two predecessors are covered by comments in passing without ever bearing down too heavily on what is going on at present. Character fo ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The third part of the Concrete Grove trilogy, this extremely accomplished piece of work has four main strands - Marc Price is writing a book about the Northumberland Poltergeist phenomenon in the 70s; Abby Hansen, a physical and emotional wreck whose daughter Tessa was one of the ‘Gone Away Girls’ (young girls kidnapped by persons unknown and still missing); Craig Royle, a copper who is struggling to keep himself together, haunted as he is by the ‘Gone Away Girls’ and Erik Best, a gangland thug ...more
Ginger Nuts
One of the worst things about running a horror website, is the fact that you tend to get caught up in it far too much. To the point where you forget to write reviews for books that haven't been sent in for review. So when I realised that I hadn't posted a review for Gary McMahon's Beyond Here Lies Nothing is was both shocked and a little bit embarrassed. The two previous instalments of this loose linked trilogy were some the best horror novels I had read in a long time, dark, gritty tales of pur ...more
Purple Osprey
Once again, it seems to have all the right ingredients and yet is even more boring than previous books.
Maybe it's because there's nobody to root for.
It's the final installment and I expected some answers, and they were given (?) sort of. I must say, I'm not a stupid person, but I don't understand who is what and where is something, why it all and how it ties together.
I think that is my biggest issue with the book - that all sense, plot line and inner logic got sacrificed for imagery. It's prett
Rickey Russell
Beyond Here Lies Nothing is the third book in The Concrete Grove trilogy by Gary McMahon. The novel pulls the reader back to the dark and sinister happenings of an urban squallier of existence, the Estate. The story centers around the tragic disappearance of four young girls known as the Gone Away Girls and is just one event in the residential area of England of disturbing and nightmarish moments. Gary McMahon manages to weave together lifes filled with little hope that are heavy with despair. E ...more
James Bennett
Journalist Marc Price returns to The Grove after years' absence, researching a book on the Northumberland Poltergeist. When he discovers an old diary and meets embittered Abby Hansen, he finds himself drawn into the riddle of the Gone Away Girls, four estate children who have gone missing without trace across the previous decades. But Marc's discovery stirs up secrets that he'd rather not know, secrets that open doorways into strange and fateful worlds. Captain Clickety is on the move again, in ...more
Adam Baxter
This is a really well written book with a gritty real life feel. It is set in the sort of estate that everyone in Britain knows and that helps lose you in the characters and their problems. Nearly gave this the full 5 stars but as a stand alone novel ( it's part of a trilogy) it leaves questions. Maybe the final part will answer some of them.
David Marshall
For me, this is the best supernatural horror book of the year so far. But it only draws its power from the first two books in the trilogy. Ensure you read them in order to get the best out of this final volume.
I started reading this book not realizing that it was book 3 in a trilogy. Turns out, it didn't matter. It was a great stand alone. This book was a great mix of suspense and horror wrapped in a mystery. I truly enjoyed this book and will now read the first two.
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Gary McMahon lives, works and writes in West Yorkshire but posseses a New York state of mind. He shares his life with a wife, a son, and the nagging stories that won’t give him any peace until he writes them.
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