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Moon

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  2,544 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
The nightmare begins before you sleep.... He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense. He witnessed the grotesque acts of another ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Pan MacMillan (first published 1985)
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Anna
Jul 21, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read some James Herbert books as a teenager, and quite liked them. I mean, of course I did: the library had only a limited collection of horror, and his were one of the most gory ones there.

Then, too many years later, I found this in the university library's "giving away for free" shelf. So of course I had to take it, because FREE BOOKS! And then it sat in my shelf for several years waiting for its moment.

And the moment arrived, when I figured I am on a half-holiday for a week so I'll need a
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Adam Light
Illusions! ILLUSIONS!
Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

This was a decent horror novel with plenty of vividly detailed gore and tension was built nicely throughout. The descriptions were compelling and I enjoyed the setting quite a bit. Some of the descriptions were just mind-blowing, but the story sagged a little too much to survive on purple prose alone. It took a long time for the story to get going, but once it did, about two-thirds of the way through, it didn't let up until it was over. Not bad,
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Megan
It’s 1985, and Jon Childes is a computer teacher at a school for girls in the Channel Islands. He fled there after psychically aiding a police investigation three years earlier, causing his wife to divorce him, because it’s the ’80s and the “in sickness and in health” clause of the wedding vows doesn’t apply to mental breakdowns, at least not when you have a job at a real estate firm that’s really taking off. And while it’s not exactly complaint #1 with this book, it’s a major complaint: his dum ...more
Lainy
Nov 12, 2012 Lainy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time Taken To Read - 2 days

Blurb from the back cover

The nightmare begins before you go to sleep...

He fled from the terrors of his past. Finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the 'sightings' began. Visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils. Violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts became intense.

He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thing, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation. A monster that soon
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Laurie
Oct 24, 2015 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon Childes has found a peaceful life. He lives on one of the Channel Islands, working at three different schools teaching computer science. His ex-wife and daughter live in England, but he’s found a new relationship with a fellow teacher, Amy Sebire. He hopes the horror from his past is gone forever.

But it’s not. Once again, the psychic visions are occurring. Once again, he’s made a connection with the mind of a vicious murderer. When this happened before, Childes was able to convince a police
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Athena
Aug 18, 2015 Athena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book just dragged. Herbert is a decent writer, but this story was so boring. And the subject was nothing new. The twist at the end was also lame.

Jonathan Childes lives on an island because of some unwanted attention from the media. He also leaves his wife and child but for some reason this is only an issue to Paul Sebire, the father of Jon's current girlfriend. The problem with this story is that Jon's personal life and his "psychic" one were too imbalanced. The severity of his condition wa
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Paula Ward
Apr 30, 2015 Paula Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it this was the first James Herbert book I have read. Others say it is not that good but I differ it has a lot going for it.
Slow to being with as you learn about the characters then it really ramps up. Yes it is gorey in places but that is part of the plot. Descriptive and a real page turner with a brilliant twist at the end.
Jonathon Childes a pyschic is the main character and very believable. He sees the crimes being committed through the eyes of the person committing the murder and he
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Bandit
Nov 02, 2012 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I read Once by Herbert, which I didn't particularly care for and it sort of turned me off the author. Now I've decided to give Herbert a second chance with Moon and I'm so glad I did, cause this was a very good book. At its heart it was a murder mystery wrapped into a supernatural horror and I liked the ending revelation, but what particularly stood out was the writing. Herbert weaves a tightly plotted, intense story with well fleshed out realistic characters, excellent vivid descripti ...more
Billy Young
Aug 09, 2010 Billy Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a bit to get into but found this a good book once I had. You are left wondering if the killer is a thing or a man. You follow Jon as he is tries to help the police in finding a killer and desecrator of a childs grave. At first i was unsure of this , yet couldn't really say why. As I read on I got more into the tale as it unfolded and found it an enjoyable horror/thriller though it isn't Herbert at his best. Still if like me you do like his work it is worthy of taking a look at.
Alexander Draganov
The first half of the book was boring, but the second half was extremely interesting. The characters are well developed and the hero is very likeable with his vulnerability. The monster is chilling. Overall, another good book by James Herbert.
Jennifer
As good as general horror books go.

The beginning was interesting, it kinda wavered in the middle but the ending was good.

Worth a read if you want an easy to read general horror story.
Craig Gilbert
Mar 16, 2008 Craig Gilbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this ages ago and is only James Herbert book I own. It's a good read, scary in places...I liked. I would like to read more of his work.
Rob Osment
This book was an ok horror book, pretty imaginative and descriptive gore scenes and decent tension through first half of the Novel. Felt it went downhill in the second half and was hard to warm to the main character, ending felt pretty rushed too. Probably a 2.5 really.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
3.5

The second half was interesting and hard to put down, it was just the first part was hard to get into. Review soon.
CheeseMiser
Jan 13, 2017 CheeseMiser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous author!
Beck
Jun 15, 2016 Beck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Beck by: me... because I'm clearly stupid
So far, I'm really disappointed. I love Herberts books. His writing has never failed to entertain me. His style and imagination; His words weave amazing stories that drag the reader in and never let up until the very last page.

This book, this one is different.

Page 43. 'Oh good' I thought, 'the story is finally going to start'. Nope.

Page 65, it finally started...

...And spluttered out just as lifelessly.

Page 136. This is it, the book starts here. It dips and struggles a bit but its the actual star
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Aniko Carmean
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Shona Drummond
I began reading this as my grandad has a lot of James Herbert books and I'd already read Fluke so I was quite looking forward to it. This was actually really good. I agree with other reviews on the fact that the first half of the book is quite slow to start off, you'd get to a point where it could become scary and then the story would move away from it very quickly. The ending was quite surprising as i wasn't expecting the "bad guy" to be who it was. But i definitely would recommend giving it a ...more
David Roberts
Feb 16, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the horror novel Moon by James Herbert which is a very good book and which I bought from a car boot sale. The plot is a man who is clairvoyant and feels he is being driven a bit mad by lunar forces sees a creature kill his daughter. He previously saw the creature kill a series a children and now it has killed his daughter's friend mistaken for her. He was a great help to the police in the series of murders and helped them find the bodies and track down the culprit but the creature ...more
Trisha
Feb 21, 2015 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Childes, een man met visioenen, leeft op een eiland om opnieuw te beginnen. In het verleden heeft hij de politie geholpen met een reeks moorden. Dit had grote gevolgen voor zijn privé leven.
Maar de visioenen komen terug en het verleden haalt hem in. Als dan ook nog zijn dochter gevaar loopt, weet hij dat hij de confrontatie aan moet gaan met het kwaad uit het verleden en het heden.
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Het verhaal pakt je niet vanaf het begin. Sterker nog het duurt even voordat je in het verhaal zit en het gevoel
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F.R.
Jan 12, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In December 2007 I purchased a box-set of six James Herbert novels for five of your English pounds (the books in question 'The Magic Cottage', 'The Spear', 'Haunted', 'The Fog', 'Creed' and 'Moon'). At that price I somehow couldn’t afford not to buy them.

I read 'Creed' at the start of the year, and have now tackled 'Moon'.

The plot concerns a reluctant psychic with a link to a killer, who tracks him down and tries to ruin his life. It holds the interest – with some good horrifying descriptions –
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Kirby Treadwell
i wasnt sure what to rate this book because at first I absolutely loved it, it had a great air of mystery with just a little gore and graphic description of the child murders. It was well written and kept me hooked from the start. What ruined it for me (with as little spoilers as i can) was the ending. All the way through there were hints to what malevolent entity was the cause of the horrors going on and it seemed really dark and interesting. However, when it came to the end I was utterly dissa ...more
Cora
Oct 17, 2015 Cora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I didn't enjoy Moon so I'll make this quick. The reason why I didn't enjoy was because I thought it was the storyline was very slow and it didn't get to the situations fast enough. Also I was very disappointed because it wasn't what I was expecting at all.
Although, I did like the theme of physics in the book and Childes being able to witness some truly horrific crimes but because the culprit wasn't revealed till the very end, it got boring the last 200 pages of the book.
It took me about a mont
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Roxana
Nov 10, 2015 Roxana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that are slower than others no matter how many pages it has. This happened to me with this book, wich I read because I was fascinated with The Shrine from the same author. But with this book the action really stars almost in the middle.
Can we get into another person's brain? Even when we don't know that person? For Jon Childers the answer is yes, and means he can see what a crazy killer is thinking and doing... His long forgoten nightmares from his pass stars all over puting
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Dark-Draco
Jun 28, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Jon Childes ran to the Channel Islands to escape his past - literally. Visions of child murders meant he helped the police track down a vicious killer, but also brought suspicion, fear and the break up of his marriage. Now he just wants peace. But when the visions start up again, he finds that he can't easily ignore what they are telling him. Unlike before though, the killer in these visions is aware he is being watched and relishes the chance to perform...and soon starts seeking victims that wi ...more
Don
Oct 23, 2008 Don rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A so-so read. Not really all that creepy or scary, but there were a couple of nicely detailed scenes that really stood out near the end.

I might have given it 3 stars, were it not for the fact that Herbert introduces a fairly major plot point, follows it up, then just leaves it alone; seemingly resolved yet very much unresolved. It was almost like he had an idea for some interesting tension, then just forgot. To my mind, if it doesn't go anywhere then it probably shouldn't be there in the first p
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Kevin
Oct 10, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Moon

Moon is a story about knowing ones self and accepting yourself for who you are. In the end we control our destiny, we have the power within ourselves to be all we can be; we just have to learn to guide this source and not let it guide us.

Jon Childes has created a new life for himself on an Island off the coast of England. His dark secrets from the past are shared only with his new girlfriend as he tries to create a safe haven for himself and forget the events from the previous year. This i
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J B Angell
Aug 18, 2009 J B Angell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first exposure to James Herbert and started my life long passion for his books.

Set on a little island (yep you know which one I mean ;) ) the story follows a school teacher, Johnathan Childes, who has an amazing psychic gift. Unfortunately this through this gift he as unwittingly linked minds with a vicious killer who's crimes seem to be somehow linked to the phases of the moon.

Perhaps not Herberts' best book but it will always have that special place in my heart for being both my
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Wesley Winegarden
The first James Herbert novel I read was The Rats, and I remember it was one of those books that deprived me of sleep for two reasons. Firstly, because it was so good I just wanted to keep reading, and secondly because it was so creepy that every time I started drifting off I feared a rat would come and devour me.

Moon was James Herbert's cure for that novel-induced insomnia. This was certainly the dullest of any of his novel's that I have read, and one that I don't think I will be returning to a
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Ubiquitousbastard
Pretty much just average James Herbert. The usual character models dumped into another set of circumstances (thin chick with no boobs <30 and older dude with dark hair/tragic past). That having been said, I liked the premise, and it was pretty violent, so still worth reading. I was actually surprised at who the killer was, so that's another bonus. (Though the person isn't a suspect, I hadn't guessed which type of person it was). I probably would have liked it more if it had focused more on ki ...more
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James Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.

He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million
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