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The Shrine

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,796 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Alice, a deaf-mute, has a vision of a lady in white who says she is the immaculate conception. Suddenly Alice can speak, hear, and perform miracles. The visitation site becomes a shrine. But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force centuries old.
Paperback, 534 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Pan Books (first published 1983)
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Aug 24, 2015 Karl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The book is published by New English Library in the UK.
Ok so my horror revival continues - this book (along with the other works of James Herbert) was the next stop after exhausting Stephen Kings prodigious publication list. This story to me at the time was totally different to what I was used to. Where Stephen King concentrated on characterisation and how they dealt with terrible and impossibly situations both physically and ethereal - James Herbert took his characters and put them through hell with all the blood and guts he could find.
** At this
what an evil little inocent bitch
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Sridhar Babu
James Herbert..

Alice Pagett, Molly Pagett, Finn Gerry, Father Hagen, Delgard, Sue, Ben, Bishop Caines, George Southworth and others...

St.Joseph Church in Banfield village ..England..


St.Joseph Church in Banfield gets country/world wide attention... Pilgrims are flowing into the small village for getting cured ..for getting the Blessing of a Little Saint called Alice Pagett. The reason is this little girl Alice, daughter of Molly Pagett and Le
David Roberts
I am reviewing the horror novel Shrine by James Herbert which is a very good book which I bought from a car boot sale. The plot is a young girl who is a deaf mute recovers in what is apparently a miracle on land adjacent to a church and there are a string of other apparent miracles. The church initially thinks it's a miracle and decides to buy the land. The young girl claims to have seen the Virgin Mary as well. What they don't realise is in the 16th century people were put to death on the non c ...more
I read this book about seventeen years ago by mistake (I found it in the hotel bedroom on holiday) and really enjoyed reading this creepy bit of writing can still the children singing (lord of the dance)

And I am sure I read a part in this book and a cat was suckling on the girls third nipple did I read this correctly?

I have reread it over this weekend and it's as creepy but this time around I've realised how badly the ending is written, seemed sort of rushed. (but I still give 5*)
This was an OK read. Not one of my favorite Herbert books though..

It just seem to.. drag on a bit. It started well, and the last quarter was good, but the middle bit just seemed to last ages, and I'm not quite sure why.

I still like Herbert as an author though, and I will definitely be reading more of his books!
If you are new to Herbert I don't think I would start with this book, he has written a lot of books better then this one in my opinion!
A reporter almost hit a little girl with his car while he was crossing a small town at night. After that he starts to run after the little creature, not sure if he saw a ghost or a real person. She crosses a graveyard near a small church and get lost of his sights When he sees her again, the girl is neel infront of an ugly dead tree, smiling and all of the sudden she said, "She is beautiful!"
What did the girl see? The mistery is just begining. When Fenn takes the girl to the church, he learn fro
I picked this us a comfort reads. one of those reads where you know the author and thier style so well that yours sure you will cruise on through enjoyably. I didnt get that.

Unlike Herbert's usual story telling this was incredibly slow and to be honest terribly flat.

The plot seems to build up, but to what i can't tell you?

I'm left feeling like i wasted my time giving this a go.....
Gail Scott
Read this book 1st time aged 13. Have read it about 4-5 since though not in the past 5 yrs. Have read quite a few new books recently so craved a golden oldie. only in a couple of chapters but already enjoying the comfort of a much loved favorite author of mine.
I'm a big fan of James Herbert's stories so enjoyed this book a lot - but it wasn't one of his best.
The story had a brilliant start and despite their character flaws the main characters are likable and interesting. The novel was easy to read and storyline(s) easy to follow, with enough tension/suspense to keep it interesting. I was a bit bored in the the middle of the book - hence taking me so long to finish it - but the story picked up again at the end. There wasn't enough from Alice's perspect
Creepy read but very disappointing ending.

Shrine is a nice, creepy and well written read but I found the pacing excruciatingly slow in the latter stages of the book because it's a bit predictable and the story took a while to catch up to my predictions. Nothing was ever really a surprise. But this is an old book, maybe I'd be more suprised if I read this when it was first published, maybe all other books borowed their ideas from this one. But if you're an avid reader or watcher of film/tv, you c
It certainly was a good enough suspense story, though quite a drag to read at times. The overly descriptive paragraphs were at first a wonder (to someone like me who can't write descriptions that well), then ultimately became a bore and a hindrance as they seemed to slow down the story's progress. I understand the need to instill a gloomy setting, thus the numerous references to gray, bleak afternoons and cold, bitter winds, but sometimes it just feels a little over the top. (SPOILER) I liked th ...more
For the lovers of the occult James Herbert's "THE SHRINE" is a gripping read from the first page to the very last. If you loved THE OMEN or THE EXORCIST,this book is similar in regards to story but it delves into the psyche of the non believer and the faithful and as with all of Herbert's books gives us a jolt of the truly frightening.It is the story of a young girl who stumbles upon a field and its sole tree only to be transfixed by the vision of a woman in white...what follows is a town thrown ...more
Chris Jay
The Shrine

I could not wait to start reading this book, following the amazing book, (my enjoyment reflected in the long praising review) of The Secret of Crickley Hall . Although, I was rather disappointed. In fact, I could say that I was very disappointed in this book, which breaks my heart as I like James Herbert. The story is very heavily based around the catholic church, and if you are interested in religion, then this story is going to be one you will enjoy. I am not really that religious
Shrine was James Herbert's biggest novel to date at the time is was first published,and I think it showed in parts as it laboured a bit.Shrine does get better as it develops.Shrine is a far cry from the style of hit you where you live horror of James Herbert's early novels,the rats,the fog,etc but a very good tale of the occult and demonic possession,when it does get going.
Chris Mawbey
I rated this a 4-stars based on my memories of first reading the book, thirty years ago. I still give it 4-stars now, but only just. I always remember this as the scariest of James Herbert's books and I think it says more about me than the book that it no longer has as much effect on me as when I first read it. There are two or three chapters towards the end of the book that still pack the same level of impact but, I think over the years I've become hardened and more cynical about story lines.
This book is okay but as other people have pointed out the ending does not really fit in and left me feeling a bit deflated after reading over 500 odd pages I`d expected a tense and unexpected ending but it was too predictable and not at all well thought out...definitely one to miss. ...more
Graham Willis
A decent read but not one of Herbert's best. If you're unfamiliar with his work I suggest starting with the David Ash series before this. It contains a few really good chills and thrills but is let down by too many characters and not enough characterization.
I've read every James Herbert book. This is one of his best. I'll pick a couple more I liked too.
D.M. Kirtaime
During my Army days I snapped up Koontz, King and Herbert as soon as titles became available.
Laura Elisabeth
I do love a good horror, thought this book was pretty good. Really scared the pants off me!! Would recommend to all horror lovers out there
Susan Tan
About a deaf-mute child who claims to have seen a vision of Mother Mary, miraculously cured, and cures others. A tale about evil masquerading as good.

In its core, an exploration Roman Catholicism; poses some interesting questions about the religion, its icons, and faith. Pace : saunters along for three quarts of the book with short, but rewarding sprints for the tenacious reader. Mildly scary.

Whilst the author is lauded as "UK's Stephen King," ardent readers of Steve may find this book as a li
Ursula Kelly
Very drawn out book with disappointing ending
Another very good book by James Herbert. If I was introducing someone to Herbert, it probably wouldnt be one of the ones I would 1st point them towards, but to fans of the man, it's a must read

Well paced, thought provoking and managing to deftly leave enough questions unanswered to let your imagination work, whilst answering enough to stop frustration, it fulfills all the aims I can see the author set out to accomplish
I enjoyed this book because it was written well more than the plot(s). I felt there was too much going on, too many insights into characters lives - some of them not important to the story at all. Some parts really dragged for me, as well. Over all a good read, a bit spooky & odd at time but I mainly felt it was a bit of a let down...
I liked it but, it's not as good The Magic Cottage!!
Chris Harvey
Great read (if slightly slow, and perhaps theologically questionable in places (but that's good old "artistic licence" for you). Herbert at his best, and refreshing to read a "horror" novel in a Catholic milieu, and one of true Faith, albeit "warts 'n' all"... (any more would reveal "spoilers")... [note to Goodreads: It's just "SHRINE". There is no "The"]
Kevin Lucia
Excellent. Now I know why James Herbert is often referred to as the "British Stephen King." Classic good versus evil conflict, with lots of religious introspection, and purity and innocence triumphs. My favorite kind of story.
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James Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.

He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million
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