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The Infernal

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  203 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Australian musician Lisa Sheehan has got life sussed, but then, one-by-one, her fans start to turn up dead, their bodies hideously mutilated, and Lisa is haunted by memories that are not her own. Can these 20th-century murders be linked to events in Elizabethan England?
Paperback, 478 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Arrow Books
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I loved loved loved this book. It's the only book that has honestly scared me, and it was FANTASTIC.
Celeste Everitt
I love all Kim Wilkins' books and this was no exception. Dark, captivating and always a page turner! This book was like reading two stories at once :)
When I first started to read this book, enough time had elapsed since purchasing it that I'd forgotten the synopsis. So my first thought upon reading about her rock band was "Oh dear, another 'War for the Oaks'."

However, that was far from the case. It is a very dark urban fantasy and a horror novel. It centers around Lisa, who slowly begins to remember a previous life in which she was a witch, and ruminates on whether evil deeds in one life can impact you in later incarnations.

There's no Fae; in
Australian author Kim Wilkins' debut novel immediately sets the standard for her future efforts: a compelling writing style that brings forward well researched and rich stories where myths, legends and the occult sneak in the lives of contemporary, well defined characters. "The Infernal" mixes underground music with magic and the quest for eternal life: a tool for power or the road to damnation?
Sarah Rodgers
A modern story, of past lives that catch up with you. This one is a definite must for any girl that has ever wanted to escape in to another time only in this story the other time is not left behind but rather catches up to this sassy main characters present. Again another one full of fantasy and horror but exactly the right portion of both to make it extremely exciting and exhilarating. This one has been my favourite for some time……if you can get your hands on it, then don’t let it go!
Lavender Brooke
I was torn about whther to give this a 3 or 4 star rating as it has been a while since I read it. I really enjoyed the past live set in Elizabethan London but not so much parts set in 90's Australia.

It's not one that i would want to read again but enjoyed it the first ime round enough to recommend it to anyone who likes their fantasy and horror romanced up and with a twist.
Impressive debut novel. My main criticism would be around character development - that is, the characters didn't really change over the course of the novel...or their previous lives for that matter. Still, very readable and a satisfying ending. I can see why it won an Aurealis Award for Best Horror novel.
Absolutely loved this book. Have never read Kim Wilkins before but am glad I did. Have bought as many of her previous books as I can get my hands on.

This was one of those books that I didn't want to finish.

If you haven't read this yet, please give it a try. You are missing a treat.

Awesome book, great time capsule of 90's gothic/rock music scene. Hilarious, true-to-life characters, over-the top spiritual elements (would you have them any other way?), accessible yet intelligent writing.
This was not my favorite Wilkins book but I enjoyed it. I didn't feel the magic in this book like I have her others.
Lee Vickers
Sep 24, 2007 Lee Vickers rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone that loves entwining stories
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This is one of the few books that I actually read while waling around, it was just impossible to put down.
she's great. I truly wish she were published in the US..not just the UK and Australia.
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My first Kim Wilkins read and hooked from the first page...
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