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I enjoyed it immensely, and look forward to reading it again.
It was a short book, but it has made quite an impact on me, I think.
Very, very impressed with this little book.
The first time around, I read it as a straight first-person narration by a survivor.
The second time, I paid more attention to the unreliable narrator. Lots of question marks are raised by Peter Clare's n ...more
In The Vanishment, author Peter Clare and his long-suffering wife rent a house in the Cornish countryside for a nice seaside holiday. What they find instead of "R & R" is a dismal old house full of a strange dark atmosphere, and a mystery.
While well written, I didn't find this book at all frightening. Towards the end it reminded me of a made-for-TV mild ghost movie. But, I was ...more
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With less than 230 pages I hope something fast paced, and having read other books by the author like "The Matrix" or "the Lost" I hope something reminiscent but unfortunately it wasn't. I don't think the book is/was bad but I think it was not as good.
This novel is more akin to some old gothic novel in terms of pace and story. There isn't much fright evolved (probably the last 20 pages have some supernatural phenomenons).
Basically a couple go to ...more
A few days later Sarah goes missing. At first, Peter doesn’t worry too much, thinking she has just gone off to spend some time away ...more
This supernatural / horror story had some outstanding elements but the core plot was muddled (with far too many family co-incidences) and the main character was so flawed / unsympathetic I couldn’t believe anyone would trust/ help him. If the main character had met a gruesome end it would have been more satisfying. ...more
This book has been on my to-read pile for a long time and I don’t know what kept making me select others over it but boy do I regret that decision now. This book is brilliant. Such an enjoyable proper ghost story. Without all the gory bells and whistles that often fills this genre.
I had previously been advised to read “The Matrix” by Jonathan Aycliffe which was very good (dark, brooding, creepy) but “The Vanishment”, I think, is better.
The Vanishment tells the secret tales of two families. The...more
Only negative was that I wished there was more depth to the protagonist. It felt like a lot more was teased about his past and character than ended up being revealed. That subplot felt a bit anticlimactic, but the book is steadied by a solid main plot.
It's not bad as a summer reading and it is reasonably short, but I wouldn't reccomend it as a book you must read.
I enjoyed this one, because of the setting in Cornwall and the creepiness of a possibly haunted, and very creepy, rundown old house. Then there was the unreliability of our narrator Peter Clare. We started off being concerned for him and his wife Sarah and the tragic ...more
Petherick House didn’t have a strong presence although it was definitely supposed to be menacing and creepy. There was a decent amount of descriptions regarding its appearance but somehow the author didn’t quite captu ...more
Jonathan Aycliffe (Denis M. MacEoin) was born in Belfast in 1949. He studied English, Persian, Arabic and Islamic studies at the universities of Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and lectured at the universities of Fez in Morocco and Newcastle upon Tyne. The author of several successful full-length ghost stories, he lives in the north of England with his wife, homeopath and heal ...more