The Hellfire Club
Then Davey tells Nora a surreal story about the Hellfire Club, where, years before, he met an obsessed fan of Chancel Hou...more
When I try new novels like this one, it reminds me why half the time I just listen to Salem's Lot over again. But, I've listened to everything Stephen King has on audiobook, so I keep trying new titles by different authors.
This is my second novel by Peter Straub. Ghost Story was the first, which was actually a horror novel. I reread the jacket, and I feel like The Hellfire Club tries to portray itself as horror, so it only gets one star. I had hope in the beginning, but then...more
They are dying, one by one: wealthy middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb. Their murderer remains at large. Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim. . . . *
Then Davey tells Nora a surreal story about the Hellfire Club, where, years before, he met an obsessed fan of Chancel House’s most successful book, Night Journey*—a book that has a strange history of its own. . . .
*Suddenly terror engul
Very-well written! It was my first book by Peter Straub and really had no clue at all who he was... I only knew he was a close friend and collaborator of Stephen King, and thought to my self "gosh another author who writes a book once a week about anything without any real sense" (p.s.: sorry for all of the King's fans).
The real reason why I wanted to read this book was because of an tv episode of the UK show "Most Haunted". The episode was...more
Peter Straub’s novel tells the story of Nora Chancel’s attempt to unravel the sordid history of her father-in-law’s publishing firm, all of which revolves around their best-selling novel "Night Journey". Nora’s mission is by turns thwarted and assisted by serial killer Dick Dart, who has his own reasons for seeking out the company’s secrets.
It’s a fairly enjoyable read, although there are niggles.
I've been wanting to read this book for years. I acquired a hardcover version of it a long time ago, and the blurbs on the back made it seem like a terrifying, leave-the-lights-on thriller. It wasn't quite that terrifying...but it's a mostly solid thriller.
I won't bo...more
Almost baroque in in the excess of character, themes and plot threads that run through it, The Hellfire Club attempts to be many things but doesn't really succeed at any of them. A book about books, s...more
Turns out that he's fucking awesome. I'd been in a little bit of a reading slump before picking up this book, and it has got me thoroughly back into reading. It's hard to describe because so many things happen, and I admit I was expecting something supe...more
"This stage of events was coming to an end. Nora remembered a sense of resolve, but could not remember what she had resolved to do. With the memory of her own determination came the return of renewed strength. She had resolved to act."
I keep on mistaking this for a trashy airport novel and I don´t know why. I may bail out on this one unless it doesn´t grab me somehow by page 100.
It's Xmas. There's so many better things to read and do.
The thing about Straub that drives me nuts, is his buildup. Shadowlands was GREAT! if you could make it past the first 120 pages. I was hoping for the same with this one.
I was dissiapointed.
The only novel thing I enjoyed about this book are His subtle and not so subtle Mockery of Dean Koontz. Oddly enough, I also just finished "What the Night Knows" by Koontz and can see that the mockery is two sided. Koontz mocks straub as much as he mocks Koontz.
When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy...more