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Paperback. Pub Date: 2012 Pages: 356 Publisher: Macmillan The new horror from this Rising Star of The macaeIndie filmmaker Kyle Freeman is a man at the end of his tether. He Faces Bankruptcy and Obscurity until he lands a commission to make an unusual documentary. The Temple of the Last Days was a notorious cult. which reached its bloody endgame in the Arizona desert in 19...more
Paperback, 531 pages
Published 2012 by Macmillan
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Jason
5 Stars



Adam Nevill is one of my favorite horror authors today. Last Days is a gem of an atmospheric piece of horror that is the literary tale in the vein of the Blair Witch Project or more relevant to today, Paranormal Activity. This is a story of a bankrupt indie film maker being offered up the perfect movie to shoot, incredible pay, all the leg work already completed, and all the areas and people already vetted. If it sounds too good to be true, than know that Dan and Kyle also knew that it f...more
Stefani
There is only one way to put this. This book sucked. It sucked to high heaven. It bored me nearly to death with every page. I honestly wondered if all of the good reviews were paid to say nice things about this crappy tome. Even as I write this, I think that might still be the case. With all that said, here are my issues with this crappy thing.

The author has zero sense of pacing. This book moved at a snail’s pace for chapter upon chapter and then suddenly all kinds of things started to happen in...more
Joseph D'Lacey
What Nevill does with such skill, is make the supernatural appear real and utterlay plausible. The way in which our world and the dimensions beyond interact, how beings pass this way and that - he handles all this with astonishing panache. Pick up anything by Adam Nevill and you can be certain you're in safe, but terrifying, hands. Another top notch chiller from a true master of the genre.
Colin Leslie
I have a special section in my bookshelf for Adam Nevill and it's not just because of the quality of his writing. The publication of Banquet For The Damned in 2008 marked a transitional point in the evolution of the current crop of British horror writers, the start of the current golden age in my opinion. Adam Nevill was, of course, the editor of the short-lived, but much admired, Virgin Books horror line which saw the horror section in bookshelves expand overnight. My copies of those books are...more
Tom
Probably one of the wackiest (word to your mother I said wackiest) endings I've come across in a long long time. This book took quite a while to get me hooked. The protagonist is a pretty whiny dude, the first few chapters are Nevill showing off his documentary making research, and the scary stuff felt in league with some R L Stein. Then things picked up. All of a sudden we're referencing Manson murders, researching insane mid-evil cults, and the spooky things get scary. Nevill's got a knack for...more
Gary Fry
LAST DAYS by Adam Nevill


A review by Gary Fry


I came to this book excited. Folk whose opinions I respect said it was the real deal. I’d not long since finished the author’s Ritual and loved that. So what could Adam do here, I wondered. I got stuck in to find out.


I won’t bore you with a recap of the plot; I’ll just get talking about things that struck me most about the book. First, the atmosphere: it’s pretty full-no right from the off. Dusky old buildings in the middle of nowhere, weird things app...more
Ionia
I would have given this book 3 and a half if I had the option. I liked this book, but it took me a long time to get to the part I liked. The beginning is interesting during the prologue, but then at chapter one it feels procedural, technical and began to lose my interest. It took quite a while for me to get to the point in the book where I was really impressed with the story.

It does get there, and once it does this book is very frightening and terrifying just as one would expect from the cover....more
Barry
Adam Nevill is becoming one of the most celebrated thriller/horror authors of recent times. And, on the whole I would agree with the plaudits.

Last Days tells the story of Kyle, a freelance documentary maker who is recruited to make a film about a cult called The Temple of the Last Days who self-destructed during the mid-seventies. Kyle, who it should be noticed, makes a few references to a film he made about the events that occurred in Nevill's previous novel: The Ritual - takes up the offer and...more
Majanka
Book review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...

Last Days is, hands down, one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. Considering I read about 50 horror novels a year, that’s definitely saying something. This book has it all, from scary ghosts to shadowy forms burnt into walls to ancient evil ressurrected by a frightening cult.

Kyle is a documentary film maker who has some cash issues. When he’s asked to make a documentary about a cult called “The Temple of the Last D...more
Helen
3.5 stars

Think found-footage film meets Manson-esque cult, and you've got yourself a creepy icky story.
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as some of Nevill's other work, the journey was kind of more fun than the destination - I would have liked a fuller conclusion on what happened to protagonist Kyle, but the whole 'cult' thing and the monsters were great dread-inducing, spooky fun.
Ginger Nuts

Not content with scaring me witless with his last novel, Ritual, a novel that still has me look over my shoulder, and jumping at every sudden noise, when I go for a walk in the woods.

Adam Nevill, has now decided to pile on the scares, chills and horror with his latest stunning masterpiece. And I don't say that lightly, Nevill, really is a master of the genre, he effortlessly combines bone chill scares, and atmospheric settings, with realistic dialogue, and above all characters, that aren't you...more
Nicci B
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Lostshadows
What a difference the ending of a book can make.

Going into this book, I was a little worried about how well a Blair Witch/REC/Paranormal Activity type book would work as compared to its film counterparts. From the early chapters of the book, my answer was, not nearly as well as it does on video.

Some of the problem stemmed for what my original problem with the book, the pacing. The author seemed to be rushing the creepy revelations and giving the reader too much info, too soon. Not an insurmounta...more
Chibineko
I'd debated buying this for a while now. Every time I went into my local bookstore I would see this staring back at me from the shelf. The premise was just so freaking cool: mixing the true life horror of a cult with the never-quite-real horror of the supernatural. The idea has somewhat been seen in horror before, but never quite explicitly in this format so this was something new and fresh to me.

I have to say that overall this was an excellent novel. The main character of Kyle is someone that...more
Nancy Oakes
When I read horror, I tend to be happiest with short stories or novellas, but after reading Adam Nevill's Banquet For the Damned, I know he is a writer I can trust to keep that fear factor going, no matter how many pages he needs to tell his story. Here, he's integrated seriously creepy, sustained hair-raising horror with a story about a particularly bizarre apocalyptic cult, and the result is one very intense tale that kept me on the edge throughout.

Kyle Freeman is an independent guerrilla film...more
Martin Belcher
If I was able to give half stars then I would be giving this book four and a half, because in places i felt it was a bit too long winded and could have benefited from some editing, but I will give it the full five stars as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it gave me enough chills to keep me going. The book is about a mysterious and infamous cult, The Temple of the Last Days, which seemed to have ended in a terrible night of horror, death and violence in the Arizona desert in 1975......but did...more
Mark
Kyle Freeman is an almost-bankrupt independent documentary film-maker. When he’s hired by Max Solomon, distributor of self-help DVDs, to make a film about a notoriuous cult - The Temple Of The Last Days - he quickly agrees. Max has set up the schedule, is paying well and offering full creative freedom and to Kyle and his sidekick Dan, this sounds like the perfect job - until they start filming and things begin to go very, very wrong. The fourth novel from Adam Nevill, this is an absolute powerho...more
Suspense Magazine
I pounced upon this book when I first saw it. I knew I held something different, something unique. This is not some typical plot about a nutty religious group. Forget all preconceptions. I didn’t realize how deep this went, how vivid the descriptions were, how the memorable and haunted characters would come alive on the pages. Nevill knows how to write a book and if you can say that about an author, you know you’re in for a special experience.

Kyle Freeman is a documentary filmmaker down on his l...more
Dickydavis
Three stars is perhaps a bit harsh, but when a book is let down so badly by it's ending I don't feel like I have much of a choice. (3.5 ideally.)

Before that, I would have happily given it four; it scared me more in parts than any other book has for some time, and has genuinely terrifying sequences (it passed the scary book acid test: it made me put of getting up in the night to go to the toilet in the dark, to the point of nearly wetting the bed at times...) and some of the imagery is excellentl...more
Jim
I don't really read a lot of horror books, but this was actually a pretty fun read. Last Days is a sort of Blair Witch but in book form. It follows a camera crew as they do a documentary on a cult that met a tragic end about 35 years prior.

The book is pretty fast paced. Much of the pace is set by the character's staccato dialogue. I didn't mind this at first when Kyle (the lead character) spoke this way. However, once I noticed that other characters were speaking the same way it started to bothe...more
Angie
Nevill certainly knows how to see a white-knuckle pace, and is deft at building tension to a snapping point. The "old friends" are plenty terrifying, and the horror lies in a variety of things that absolutely unnerve me: demonic possession, body horror, the warping of the fabric of reality. There were several moments when I had to pause and turn on more lights. And the premise/playing out of the central mystery and paranormal horrors calls to mind the likes of Stephen King, Jonathan Maberry, and...more
Caleb Hubbard
In "Last Days," a filmmaker named Kyle sets out to shoot a documentary on the rise and fall of a People's Temple-esque cult that dabbled in the supernatural, and he slowly uncovers more than he bargained for. The story is well-paced, and the hero works well as an identifiable everyman. As he encounters slowly-but-surely escalating paranormal phenomena, bits and pieces of a compelling mystery are revealed: just who was the enigmatic Sister Catherine who led her followers from humble beginnings in...more
Jo
Kyle, an indie film maker, is asked to do a documentary about a seventies cult led by the psychopathic Sister Katherine. But there's more to the story than what is initially thought. Very atmospheric and downright spooky, this kept me up past my bedtime and made me reticent to turn out the lights.
Vince
This is not a particularly well written book. The climax leaves a bit to be desired. There's some unnecessary philosophizing that weighs down the final act. The characters are a little flat, and the dialogue can sometimes be laughable.

And yet, for 531 pages, I was engrossed. The story within the story (that of a cult that may have tapped into some seriously creepy supernatural nastiness) was compelling. It kept me engaged when the story of a filmmaker tracing the steps of the cult dragged a bit....more
Randy
One of the best horror novels I've read this century. Nevill has moved to the top of my list of most interesting horror authors. Realistic and very scary. I'm almost done with his novel THE RITUAL and it is likewise impressive and horrifying--in the best sense.
Leslieschoof
Last Days is a headlong rush down the rabbit hole of over the top horror. Its a good ride for awhile that eventually peters out in a morass of unbelievable actions by our less than admirable hero. I was with Mr. Neville up until the moment when Kyle refuses to take action against the ghastly "presences" that invade his life and instead descends into whining self pity. From that point on the book loses its strong center and becomes a how-to guide for all those meat-on-the-hoof characters you see...more
Brian
It's never a good idea to mess with cults.

Well, ok, except for The Cult, the 80s cock-rock band. Those guys kicked ass. And the Blue Oyster Cult was pretty good too, if you assume, as I do, that their entire discography is "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Godzilla." And come to think of it, even Culture Club had their moments.... but otherwise, cults = bad idea.

Guerrilla filmmaker Kyle Freeman discovers just how true that is in Adam Nevill's Last Days. It won the British Fantasy Award for Best Horro...more
Leslee
3.5 stars. I've had a love/hate relationship with Nevill, whose earlier novels I thought were very uneven, though the last 2 I think have really picked up in quality. My main issue with Nevill has always been that he has fantastic ideas but is never quite sure how to finish his books. I think that he's done a lot better with Last Days. Though I'm not quite sure about the ending, it still was leagues more satisfying than the ending of his past novels.

Last Days follows a documentary film-maker th...more
Caitlin
More reviews like this available on my blog.

My review copy was an eARC provided for free by St Martins Press through NetGalley

Sorry for the dark horror two in one, readers! I tend to read in phases (even with review copies from publishers) so I review in phases too. But I'll try to make the next review something different.

Ooof. I'm - I'm not sure. I find Adam Neville's work difficult - I don't like or even really enjoy the books, but I can't put them down. I found this particular book similar to...more
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Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969, and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the novels: Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days and House of Small Shadows. In 2012 The Ritual won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel; in 2013, Last Days won the same award. He lives in Birmingham and can be contacted through wwww.adamlgnevill.c...more
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“After millions of years of evolution, we start stupid cults of celebrity and feed the egos of maniacs until they take our money, fuck us in the arse, and then cut our throats. We should be cutting their throats!” 2 likes
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