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Once upon a time there was a man who loved children. He loved them so much he tried to save them from their imperfect parents. Unfortunately, Hector Woollie didn't work for Child Protective Services . . . and the children he rescued, he murdered.

Once upon a time, Leslie had a happy marriage, a happy son, and a happy life. Now divorced, she is trapped in ongoing battles wit
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 19th 2001 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Olethros
-¿Basta, en general, con arropar narrativamente una idea sencilla para hacer novela de horror?.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Hector Woollie es un responsable de reformas que esconde los cadáveres de los niños a los que mata en aquellos domicilios en los que es contratado para trabajar, pero que muere ahogado tras ser descubierto por un empleado al que enfrenta en una balsa. La última casa que Woollie usó como improvisado camposanto pertenece a una mujer, Leslie, divorciada, con un hijo adol
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Rowan MacBean
I read until chapter ten and then gave up out of complete disinterest.
Jenn
This was a very difficult book to get into. It wasn't until the last third of the story that my interest was peaked, and even then I kept waiting for something to happen that never did. The ending and epilogue felt like the author had just given up.
Leah
Solid idea with the potential for high creep factor; unfortunately, there was too much revealed too early. It felt predictable and anti-climactic in parts as if there was nothing really left to discover or find out. And the characters weren't all that likeable, which caused me to disconnect and not really care about their survival. So my first experience with Campbell wasn't great but I plan to read one or two more anyway. 2.5 stars
JerryB
See my review of The Overnight for a more thorough discussion of why I'm currently "paused" at the 75%-mark of both that book and this one, and for my thoughts about the redoubtable Ramsey Campbell, a most unique horror writer.

UPDATE: All right, I finished it, and overall I have to say it was something of a disappointment, definitely a minor work of Campbell's, in my estimation.
Erica
Not great- dragged and dragged. The plot was good but the author got so caught up in the minutiae that I skimmed through the last few chapters. Pretty disappointing.
Susanz
After reading some reviews I was unsure about this book. After getting into it, I ended up liking it more than I expected.
Laurie
Slow... had good promise, but the "wow!" never kicked in.
Mary Whidden
Interesting thriller by an English author.
Oscar Espinosa
I expected more of this so-famous horror author.
Caroline
A little too slow moving.
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John Ramsey Campbell is a British writer considered by a number of critics to be one of the great masters of horror fiction. T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today," while S. T. Joshi has said that "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."
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