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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,839 ratings  ·  65 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
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Published May 1st 2011 by Pan MacMillan (first published 1985)
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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,...more
Lainy
Time Taken To Read - 2 days

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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...more
Bandit
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
David Roberts
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
Billy Young
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.
Craig Gilbert
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.
F.R.
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 –...more
Trisha
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...more
Aniko Carmean
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Jamie
This was OK. Not one of his better ones.

Jonathan Childes left his wife and child and ran away to teach IT in the Channel Islands. He ran when he was involved in a murder investigation in London.

The same strange things that occurred in London start happening again, and once again he finds himself the focus of unwanted attention in his new life,
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
Dark-Draco
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
Assassin'sRead
This is the first book I've read by James Herbert. Good, detailed book, but ruined near the end. Creepy atmosphere throughout, but that feeling went at the climax.
Joan Hill
skipped a lot of paragraphs in this one, if your into paranormal i suppose its ok but i found it boring till the action started which could have gone into 2 pages.
Don
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...more
Laura
Got through this book really quickly as I couldn't put it down. Very creepy, tense and thrilling. The suspense is great and the characters relatable.
Kevin
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...more
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
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...more
J B Angell
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...more
Jazz
A creepy read, would definitely recommend
vorbore
I don't think horrors are supposed to be boring, are they? Well I was bored with this one. I seriously dislike books where the characters constantly agonize over their horrid fate instead of trying to fight what is plaguing them. Especially if they are very well equipped to fight, but instead they choose to treat their gifts as curses hence ignoring them completely. I think that I will stick to King when it comes to horrors...
Jim
Aug 17, 2007 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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After I read The Rats I wanted to see if Herbert could pull it off again. He does in this book. The technique is different - and not unique by any manner or means - but it is effective, two stories intercut that come together at the end. It's not the greatest ending but it ties things up effectively enough. Brautigan uses the technique to much better effect in Willard and His Bowling Trophies though.
Lisa Hall
This is the first James Herbert book I've read. I honestly thought I'd not take too much interest in it but I was pleasantly surprised because I really got into it. I enjoyed this book more than I ever had expected to and I'd definitely recommend it! The only thing that bothered me about this book was the ending because it was totally not what I expected - other than that I loved everything about it.
Crista Anderson
Just a basic horror novel about a man escaping from a sordid past, thinking that taking up residence on an island will provide him some peace. He then gets 'visions' of horrific mutilations and murder, the monster committing every act relishing in sharing their joy of the victim's pain with him.
This one's very much got a Dean Koontz flavor, and not so much Stephen King.
Sian Wadey
Moon by James Herbert

I'd only read one other James Herbert book, but this was completely different to that one. It was a good read, but I preferred his other novel. I also didn't find it very scary, like I had the other one. I'm giving it three stars because Herbert's writing is of really good quality, but it was a weird book to put it bluntly.
Shane Malcolm
For horror fans who have exhausted the staple authors (King, Andrews, Koontz, Saul) and are looking for someone new, check out Moon by this British author. It's the only one of his books I've read, but I plan to read more. Great setting, eerie atmosphere, decent characters, and a memorable finale. Not badly written, either.
Nelio Gomes
Took a few pages to get into, but then I was hooked. Herbert did a good job a dropping the reader into Jon Childe's life at a pivotal moment in a series of psychic events. At times it almost reads like a sequel, which works well to quickly develop a grim and unrelenting atmosphere. Kept me interested and caring.
Kirsty
I finished this book but it wasnt the best ive ever read. Every other Herbert book ive read i have enjoyed however this one just seemed a bit bleurgh! I enjoyed 3/4's of it but the ending was just a bit of a let down for me. Wouldnt be a bad read if you have nothing else to do but i wouldnt rush to buy it
Andy Bird
Didn't like this at all. I thought the pyschic stuff was just ridiculous, and this was the main part of the story. I found the characters quite unbelievable and some the things they did were quite erratic. At times i also found it very padded. I would not recommend this at all.
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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 nineteen novels have sold more than forty...more
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