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The Voices

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  665 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
In the scorching summer of 1976—the hottest on record—Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London.

The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear s
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 14th 2014 by Pegasus (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

To some, The Voices is going to be just another haunted house ghost story. To others, it will be one of the most terrifying books you’ll ever read. I’ll admit I came very close to not reading this, simply because the novel’s description made it sound much too scary. As a parent of a toddler, I had a feeling this one might cut to close for comfort and give me nightmares. But true to form, in the end I just couldn’t resist a
Diane S ☔
Dec 06, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
3.5 what a fine story teller Tallis is as he has proved with his Liebermann series. This is a stand alone, about a house, a couple and their young infant. From the beginning things are just not right with the house, husband and wife concealing many of the events from the other. Not horrifically scary but insidiously creepy. As the husband learns of the magician who had owned the house previously, the wife slowly deteriorates.

The last half of the book takes a turn I was not expecting and the end
May 14, 2014 Lynda rated it it was ok
I love a good paranormal story but this is not one of them.
Set back in the very hot summer of 1976 the spooky house is bought and renovated by a young couple.

The guy is into music and sets up a sound studio.. his job is music for films.
The girl who was a model has her baby.. all nice and cosy up to now.
Then mumble voices on the sound studio tapes and on the baby monitor.

Guy thinks "great make music to dead peoples voices"!
Girl thinks.. "oh my baby is in danger"!

The story then falls apart for me.
Helen Christer
Jun 06, 2014 Helen Christer rated it it was ok
Disappointing.. thought the story initially was good but yet the writer seemed to loose the momentum of the plot and be drawn into unnecessary side stories which added nothing to the main story.
Ginger Nuts
May 07, 2014 Ginger Nuts rated it it was amazing
Horror while being a genre that is in a constant state of innovation, is also a genre that likes its staples. Just go and check the shelves, you will find numerous zombie novels, and numerous vampire books. You will also find what is probably the Granddaddy of all horror staples, the Haunted House story. When you consider the heritage and the vast period of time that these books have occupied a space on your dusty bookshelf it is surprising that these books still have the power to unsettle a ...more
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Okay... Well... I don't know what to say. This succeeded on some levels but failed on others. I was rapt but the ending doesn't make any sense. No, no, you don't get away with giving such a vague ending. There was no explanation at all. No reasons why. We're not told what happens to Laura either and why them? That makes no sense either.

But this is horror that kept me rapt for much of this book so I gave it three stars. Decent horror, all in all, is really hard to find these days.
Dec 31, 2014 Leah rated it liked it
Uses imagery and atmosphere to evoke an insidious foreboding that the reader feels long before it's acknowledged on a conscious level.

The Voices was the very definition of what I think of as psychological horror. The majority of the story's pages were devoted to its characters' inner thoughts, relationships with one another, and ins and outs of their careers. Accordingly, the pace, although consistent, was quite slow. Not as slow as a sloth, more a snail's pace. I'm a huge fan of the slow-burn s
Paula Cappa
Feb 15, 2015 Paula Cappa rated it liked it
I have to say this novel is highly suspenseful and mysterious. It certainly falls into the "quiet horror" subgenre, which I like very much. Personally though, I found Tallis' style of writing, his formal narrative distance of "storytelling" failed to go deep enough for me. As a reader, I like to be inside the skin of the characters and feel their fears and emotions with them on the page. With Chris and Laura, I felt more like an observer, watching from the outside as they struggled through their ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a huge waste of my time.

The author clearly thinks that replacing words with their thesaurus counterparts constitutes good writing. It doesn't. I enjoy reading, but the amount of unnecessarily complicated words really threw me off. I don't mind high language, in fact I enjoy it, but not when a simple word would do the job twice as well!

The plot left a lot to be desired. Nothing really happened until the end, and that was very 'wham, bam, thank you, Ma'am'. The characters are flat a
Holly Vane
Jun 26, 2014 Holly Vane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tripe
Oh my God! Where to start....
First off spotted this in my local bookshop and sounding like my thing, bought it. Worst thing i ever did! What drivel! It's my policy to not put other people's work down but this didn't just suck! It made me flippin' angry! None of the characters are likable, but you do start to feel for Laura and Faye for having a pig like Christopher in their lives!
The supernatural was more of a background story and i found it long winded and it droned on and on about useless thin
Jade Hoggins
Aug 05, 2014 Jade Hoggins rated it did not like it
Clunky exposition, ham-handed anvilicious lead up, awkward dialogue and actual spelling mistakes, this would have benefited from much more vigorous editing.

The only cringing I did was in response to the writing.
Rachael Dixon
Jun 29, 2014 Rachael Dixon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Jul 17, 2014 Sam rated it it was ok
It takes me a lot to pick up a book by a new author however from reading the back cover F.R. Tallis 'The Voices' proved quite promising.
It started off fairly well with subtle spooky happenings in an old Victorian house which definitely set the climax ready for something big and scary however I noticed further into the book a lot of things that were mentioned e.g. Laura's estranged relationship with her parents, the wind-up monkey toy and the clanking of the chains were left unexplored, their pur

That's about the only word i have for this book. I got frustrated at some points in the book by how slow it was going, i just wanted something to happen already. But, looking back now that i have read the whole book, it was brilliantly written. The ending was horrifying. I could have guessed, of course, that that room was going to be what they would stumble up on but reading it, seeing it in writing made me cry, honestly. I felt so sorry for Laura, and Christopher of course and poor, po
Dark Matter
Jan 17, 2015 Dark Matter rated it it was amazing
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A review by C J Dee

It’s the summer of 1976 in London and it is sweltering. Christopher Norton has just moved into a brand new home with his wife Laura and baby daughter Faye. At first the family is happy in their new home but strange things begin to happen. Then come the voices. The voices of those who were but are no longe
May 12, 2014 Majanka rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

At the start of The Voices, Christopher Norton and his wife, Laura, purchase a new home. The home happens to be at least a century old, and from the moment she sets foot inside the house, Laura starts having weird sensations. At first, she thinks it’s her imagination, or her pregnancy. But the longer they spend in the house, after they move there with their newborn daughter, Faye, the more they’re troubled by strange
Jan 11, 2015 Sierra rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by A Simple Taste for Reading:

Christopher Norton and his wife, Laura, purchase a new home. The home happens to be at least a century old, and from the moment she sets foot inside the house, Laura starts having weird sensations. At first, she thinks it’s her imagination, or her pregnancy. But the longer they spend in the house, after they move there with their newborn daughter, Faye, the more they’re troubled by strange events.

Chris composes film soundtracks in the studio he build in the
Dec 31, 2015 Karen rated it did not like it
If you’re in the mood for a good paranormal thriller, this isn’t it. This book is a VERY watered down version of the movie ‘White Noise’ with Michael Keaton. Except, the movie was sooo much better.
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95% of the book revolves around dull, self-center characters muddling through life. The wife, miserable about the mistakes she made in her youth, becomes depressed and self-absorbed. The husband is either consumed with his work or desperately trying to have sex with his wife –
Oct 02, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love the horror genre, I haven't really read many horror novels so I am working on remedying that. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from The Voices, but from its description it sounded like it could be a good scary novel.

The Voices starts off feeling kind of cliche and there are a couple of the typical tropes that I am sick of encountering so I felt like that was a bit annoying to be honest. I felt like the author was trying to put personality into some of the characters by int
Oct 13, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog:
The Voices by F.R. Tallis is a very, very creepy ghost story and maybe one you'll want to read in daylight. It haunted me for days after I read it so be prepared! It begins in 1974, and Christopher Norton, an electronic musician and scorer of film soundtracks and his beautiful, former model wife, Laura, who is pregnant, contemplate a move into an old estate in a desirable suburb of London. As they wander aroun
Jan 31, 2015 Traci rated it really liked it
Really good book! A patron had brought this back in to one of our library branches. He said it wasn't too bad, so I checked it out for my hubby to read. Except I picked it up the other night, and just finished it.

A May-December couple move in to a huge Victorian home. A baby is born shortly thereafter. The novel tells the story of this couple, how they change after their little girl is born, and how they handle their respective fading careers. Oh, and how they handle the voices that each hear in
Jun 24, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-horror
This is a definite book for hand selling in my store.

A chilling story of an idyllic family life turned upside down by supernatural possesion.
I use the term, possesion, loosely as it's never strictly suggested who or what might be affected. The voices, as suggested in the title, are the main hint to an un-natural element and the thorough departures of each of the family characters as the story plays out due to these sinister aberrations can only be the effects of personality displacement. The nee
Susan Zinner
Jun 09, 2015 Susan Zinner rated it really liked it
Excellent and chilling story about an English couple and their young daughter who move into a (haunted?) house in the countryside in the 1970s and experience what may be supernatural events. Christopher, a composer, tapes what he believes are ghostly voices as he prepares to write his movie score and decides to incorporate them into a big master work. Big mistake! As his wife drifts away from him and their young daughter appears to be talking to someone they can't see, the family is definitely ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A fast paced, creepy novel that certainly sent chills up my spine. The characters were well fleshed out and the horror element was very well written. I enjoyed reading it, I was just surprised at the very abrupt ending. It seemed almost as though the writer ran out of steam. I was hoping all the threads would be tied together but it was just suddenly done, with a ham fisted attempt to wedge in a connection that was mentioned at no other point in the book.

I would read something else by him becau
Adam Nevill
Dec 30, 2014 Adam Nevill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing in the fine vein he set up in The Sleep Room, Tallis invests various modern periods with the true spirit of the Gothic - seventies London here. Always a compelling scientific angle in his stories, matched by enigmatic suggestions of the supernatural. One of the best modern writers of horror novels in my book.
Lauren Burgess
Sep 04, 2015 Lauren Burgess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-finish
Considering that this was supposed to be a ghost story only 25% of this book actually focused on that. The other 75% was boring chapters about his job, affair and his wife's issues that made this book intolerable. Couldn't finish.
Megan Olivier
I'll talk about this book in my November Wrap Up here:
Oct 09, 2014 Rachel rated it did not like it
Terrible book. Badly written, under-developed... Made me cringe at times. Definitely not scary, and definitely not the "creepy and thrilling ride" promised on the book jacket.
Emily Patterson
May 15, 2015 Emily Patterson rated it did not like it
Really just a bunch of unrelated subplots and characters who never connect or relate to one another. I told the librarian I want my money back.
Jul 26, 2014 Sammi rated it really liked it
well that was incredibly disturbing. well written but eep!
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