I gave this 3 stars mainly because I liked the idea of what the author was trying to write and I thought it would be a gritty serial killer book, I wa...moreI gave this 3 stars mainly because I liked the idea of what the author was trying to write and I thought it would be a gritty serial killer book, I was right about the killer. The murders were never really described well or lingered on, it felt like the author didn't want to be writing about them so they got skirted round and given minimal detail, enough that I got the idea what happened. I felt more Dec and his girlfriend were given more page space then the killings and the killer which started to put me of, I don't want to read about some cops relationship I wanted to read about a sick killer. I felt that not enough was written about the killer apart from what stuff that was needed and I figured out who the killer was too early in the book. I kept reading to find out they caught the killer and was that a let a down, I was so disappointed in the ending, I expected more but got nothing. This book reminded me why I don't read crime, especially when it's sold as gritty and not for the faint hearted, it read more like miss marple at times.(less)
Couldn't even finish it it was bad. I have this book longer than most but chapter after chapter of information that was just boring, not needed and use...moreCouldn't even finish it it was bad. I have this book longer than most but chapter after chapter of information that was just boring, not needed and useless I put the book down. The writing style was patchy it was good at one moment then went all shakey. The build up to the story like I said was just too much I got fed up of waiting for something to happen, I mean there's building an atmosphere then there's this book which killed it. The character of Cody was written in a way that it seemed like the author didn't want you to releate or allow you to know him better and marcie was in my eyes not needed has much has she was. I'm sure this book would have been good but I got board of waiting.(less)
I was a little disappointed in this book considering how good Ash was. David was still a likeable character who just wanted to disprove ghosts and I f...moreI was a little disappointed in this book considering how good Ash was. David was still a likeable character who just wanted to disprove ghosts and I found Edith to be a character that was not really needed.
The story line was ok but I guessed the true nature of the meriells early on so that left the rest of the book pretty flat for me. The story did flow and apart from Edith everything came together nicely, all the other characters fit and played there parts well.
I just found this 1 lacking and am glad I read Ash first has if I had read this 1 I might not have continued. That said I will read the next David Ash book(less)
Wow I loved this book from start to finish. I've not read the 2 previous David Ash books and at the time didn't realise it was the 3rd, but the happeni...moreWow I loved this book from start to finish. I've not read the 2 previous David Ash books and at the time didn't realise it was the 3rd, but the happenings in the other 2 were only briefly mentioned and didn't have any bearing on this novel.
I found the character of David to be a very deep and troubled person who was still really trying to find him self, yet not knowing he is looking. He came across as a beleievable character and I found him to be multi layered and full of surprises, his open mind and not too trusting attitude worked well together.
Delphine to me was your usal female lead and I felt that not a lot of thought went in to her.
The story was ace, secret societies and a hidden scottish castle that is a hide away for certain people I thought was really believable and not as far fetched as some people might think.
The Inner Court was just what you'd expect from a shady secret society, all secrets and threats. The reclusive head and the wanna be head were done perfectly.
The supernatural twist just added to the story even tho I was dissappointed by the lack of supernatural goings on at the end.
But I loved this book and found it to keep me engrossed for all the 700+ pages and I'm now reading the first David Ash book.
James Herbert is fast becoming a new favourite authour!(less)