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The Absence

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Superb gothic storytelling takes readers on a terrifying journey into the mythic past, as a present-day family finds itself the subject of an unrelenting evil going back centuries


It was a tragic accident. That's what his family told Joe Nightingale, but the boy is tormented by sinister visions of his mother's death. Seven months after the fatal car crash, the Nightingales
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Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Beautiful Books (first published April 23rd 2009)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Wow, this was one the best horror novels I've read in years.

The flawed characters are explored and drawn exceptionally well which is something I find lacking in most modern horror tales and the reason I find most of them ho-hum. These teens and their dad have some major tragedy and guilt weighing them down and it is very believably written. You can feel tension in every exchange as well as the pain and raw emotion behind it.

When the three head out to the old secluded millhouse to reconnect you j
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Melanie
A good read for a dark evening. Not particularly scary, but well written and with some pace.

Niggles: 1) I did not enjoy the teen romance and really found it quite an irritating interruption of the narrative. At the end it is of course revealed why the girlfriend needed to make an appearance, but that did not make her presence in the narrative less irritating.
2) I found it very difficult to feel much sympathy for any of the characters. They all had so many issues and dark sides that I really did
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Michelle Eames
This is the second tine I have tried to read this. I had no recollection until the travelling salesman chapter. That's were I stopped. I am sure that particular chapter has been in another book because It was strange I couldn't even begin to remember the rest of the book yet remembered that chapter almost word for word.
Frank
An okay thriller. The Absence told the story of a very dysfunctional family and how each family member's guilt played into an ancient and evil presence at an old mill house in the Fens of England. I would give this one a marginal recommendation although I thought the story was a little long-winded and overplayed its premise of the absence. The novel reminded me somewhat of James Herbert's horror stories although I enjoyed Herbert's novels much more.
Stu Hodgkiss
Best modern horror I have read for years . Not particularly scary but genuinely creepy - almost every chapter gives at least one shudder of the spine . Couldn't recommend highly enough . Everything a horror novel should be
Mel
I thought this was more 'weird' than horror.
Kevin Lucia
THIS is good stuff. Worth discovering!
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