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3.9  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Some islands don’t welcome visitors.

An isolated Welsh island seemed like the perfect escape for a convict on the run, a jilted woman, and a policeman seeking a quiet life. When the surly locals turn to murderous violence the three visitors are forced to flee together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers.

The bad news keeps coming. There are t
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Published November 29th 2011 by Smashwords
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Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britain-wales
Phil Rickman, on BBC Radio Wales' Phil The Shelf literary programme, likened it to "The Wicker Man in Wales". The writer Bec Zugor summed it up as: "This will do, for visiting remote islands, what Jaws did for swimming in the sea."

Bring it on

Wales> Angelsey
dog steals the show
pub 2011
winter 2012/2013

A special thanks to Karl for gifting this book.

Outline from The Angelsey History Site:

Turner - Karl Drinkwater, 2012
This is a horror novel based on a fictional small island off the coas
Diane Hernandez
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storycartel
I truly loved this book. It reminded me of the feeling I got reading The Exorcist and The Omen for the first time years ago. It was straight up scary (though I did read it at night in the dark on my Kindle after everyone else was asleep so that may have helped). I think the atmosphere of the island gave me the largest sense of dread. Needless to say, Visit Wales would have a hard sell with me after reading this book. I hesitate to say more because the story is most effective with no knowledge of ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book even though to say enjoyed is probably the wrong word. It is a splatter horror book and it is not the splatter part I liked. No, it was more the thought of the evil mind that had made the things that happened on this island possible. And at some point in the book we are told about this persons ancestors and it is chilling to realise that the things that are happening are the product of centuries of madmen. The book made me dislike the islanders but at the end I felt a lot mor ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angela by: book gossip club member
Scary excellent for reading on a stormy night. I loved how unpredictable the characters and situations were able to deliver surprise and thrills. Gripping page "turner" and a satisfying read. Just the right amount of squeamish blood without going overboard to the point of grossness. Definitely worth reading if you are a Stephen King fan.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turner by Karl Drinkwater is a fast-paced story horror/thriller.

The book starts '2 months ago' and introduces us to Tom Stanley- a cycling fanatic. He loves to spend his holidays out in the wild, undisturbed parts of Wales, with nothing but his bike. This time he's headed for a small village in Anglesey, Wales- courtesy of a creepy story from a friend. Why he's going to an island that so spooked his comrade, is probably one of those human nature things I'll never understand.

The destination he'
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An isolated Welsh island seemed like the perfect escape for a convict on the run, a jilted woman, and a policeman seeking a quiet life. When the surly locals turn to murderous violence the three visitors are forced on the run together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers.

The bad news keeps coming. There are too many to fight. There is no escape from the island. And the worst storm in years has just begun. They can only
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author Karl Drinkwater has cost me much, including many hours of sleeplessness, blood-shot eyes, trepidation of the formerly normal noises in my own house, and a deep-seated phobia of people in red coats. I’ve never had any of these problems before, but since reading Turner, I’ve got them in spades!

I have never “felt” a story as vividly as this one. From the first pages, Karl has woven a tale full of rich detail – the kind that makes you feel the exhilaration of flying down a steep road on a goo
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scary
A solid 4.5 stars. But...Not for the squeamish!

When I read this, I had been on a horror/scary book kick. However, zombies and sparkly vampires need not apply. Try as I may, I just can't seem to get into the vampire/zombie genres. I also like reading books by self and/or independently published authors. Unfortunately, there seems to be an absolute glut of vampire and zombie indie books out there.

Until I came across this one.

While some readers may bemoan a premise that has been done ad nauseum - t
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thiller

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the book from the author himself, which I am thankful for.

A very interesting book. I can agree with the book being described with a filmic sensibility as I have watched tons of horror movies and can relate the two.

The story takes place in an isolated welsh community, which is being lorded over by the main antagonist, the tourists, stuck there due to bad weather, do whatever they can to survive. There is not a lot of information on the background of the charac
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turner is a page turner! Sorry, I just couldn't resist the pun. This is a classic horror thriller. The ingredients are all here- a couple of outsiders, some strange and threatening locals and a remote Welsh island cut off from the mainland, add in some mysticism and mythology and a character with delusions of grandeur and you have an exciting read. The smattering of Welsh words and phrases was helpfully translated by the author and added to the feeling of place. There was some blood and gore and ...more
Shaun Horton
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
A terrific read. Suspenseful. Fast-paced, but won't break your neck.

A true page-turner. As a horror writer myself, I take pride in a certain level of familiarity with the types of stories that are out there. This book had me guessing (mostly wrong) the whole way through. The narrative flows with it's own voice while also giving you a sense of familiarity, certain passages reminding of the styles of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft.

I want to make it a point that the author writes in true English
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book from the author himself & am extremely grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic piece of work.
I love a bit of horror & have read many books in this genre over the years but never EVER have I come across anyone who could write like my horror hero the late great Richard Laymon . . . Until now that is! Karl Drinkwater is most definitely the man who can & he's got it 100% spot on!

If like me, you love to sca
Andy Angel
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three strangers on a remote Welsh island poulated by an insane Lord and a village full of creepy locals. They are running for their lives (and their sanity) and there is one hell of a storm coming. It's going to be a Hell of a night.......

A fantastic, atmospheric and truly scary debut from Karl Drinkwater that really raises the bar for other authors in this genre. Comparable with Richard Laymon, Dean Koontz and Paul Kane at their best

Sorry this is a short review but my main review for this book
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of this book, there is a very good chance I will not wander in desolate places ever again. Being raised in an urban environment, this harrowing story about people in the wrong place at the wrong time makes me even more leery of really small towns.

Certain parts of the book is spoken in Welsh, with translations, which were helpful to say the least. I didn't know that it was so different from the mainstream English language.

I made it a point not to read the book when it was too dark. If y
I received a copy of this ebook from a giveaway on another website.

Turner was an interesting read. The action never ceases and the story crescendos with each new twist or turn in plot, keeping the reader on their toes in anticipation. I enjoyed the ending and there was never a moment in the story that I got bored with it.

Note: This story is not for the faint of heart. There are a couple scenes were it gets a little gruesome but if you have a strong enough stomach like me then it is not an issue.
Jewelee Owings
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. I couldn't find anything wrong with it, not that I was looking for anything wrong, but from the middle of the book to the end, I got a familiar Stephen King vibe, that even the hero would end up dead in the end, but thankfully, it had a good ending. Great story. loved the writing style. Karl Drinkwater has got great potential to become a very popular author! If you like Stephen King or Dean Koontz, I recommend you read this book.
Steven Simpson
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Turner is a story of survival horror. Chris and Megan are trapped in a remote welsh island and soon find out that the locals are not to friendly. With a village if deranged killers on the loose chris and Megan struggle to get away from the horror that awaits them if they are captured. This is a gritty, scary, fast paced survival horror story with some strong graphic and violent events throughout! Great book you will love it (very wicker man feel to it)!!!
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Turner each night in bed and on a few occasions I almost poo'd the bed. I found it scary with a great story. Right up to the last couple of pages I was on edge wondering if the nightmare was going to start again, to Chris. I certainly gave my heart a good workout. Would love to read a follow up with Chris returning to conquer his nightmares or someone else's story from the island.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Horror (Check ), Chilling (Check ), well written (Check), Hilarious? Absolutely. This is a must read for any one who enjoy good horror writing, but also loves characters whose main reason for being alive is to make the reader pop a few laughs. I cant wait for Drinkwater next works, I rate this one A+
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a frightening, bloody and compelling book complete with a horde of crazed zombies, a totally insane aristocrat and a hero you really root for (I became VERY attracted to Chris Turner by the end of the book!!). Page turning gore and a rollicking good read.
Jared Mann
This was a great read with a good cast of characters and a great story line and it really does creep you out and make you check the locks on your doors and windows. I would highly recommend this book if you wanna good scare. :)
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable dark horror set in Wales. Echoes of The Wicker Man and Texas Chainsaw Massacre combine to create a gory and fast paced read in which an isolated Welsh community conceals grim horrors.
Andy Graham
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turner is a good book which has the potential to be great.

The things that stood out for me:

The opening section was genuinely chilling - a great example of the main character's environment being just slightly off at first and then building to a climax.
The prose is evocative - fantastic descriptions of the Welsh countryside.
The sentence structure is superb - a very clever use of long vs. short to build and ease tension.
The lighthouse scene was a classic case of one more chapter before I turn the l
Bob Wilson
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I rarely read horror books. But I'd read another book by this author and liked it so much, I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm glad I did. A great story, that kept me engaged, wanting to know what would happen next. Well-developed characters that were easy to root for or against. Well-done!
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed listening to this book. Recommend to horror lovers (like myself).

Good narration.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review, THANK YOU
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
As a huge fan of the horror genre, books and movies alike, I liked this book but didn't love it. All different kinds of horror appeals to me from ghosts and zombies to demons and supernatural psycho killers (Jason Vorhees anyone?). Goriness doesn't bother me, and while there are some gory moments, it didn't make me ill or want to stop reading. The killers are, after all, dangerous and unhinged. I can't do the torture porn kind of horror (think of The Human Centipede, which I will never ever see! ...more
Lizzy Lessard
The author escorts the reader through an island clearly not friendly to visitors. In fact, it becomes quite obvious early on that most of the foreigners will not survive halfway, much less to the final chapters. Knowing that deaths are inevitable, it's difficult to gain a sense of empathy of all the characters before they're mutilated. In this sense, TURNER sways towards the slasher/gore end of the horror spectrum.

I have no doubt that many horror fans will love TURNER. My 3 1/2 star rating is mo
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book as a Kindle e-book, and I think that caused a bit of a problem. For whatever reason, Amazon doesn't seem to have been entirely helpful in indicating what sort of novel this is, and that led me to expect something different than I should have.

I bought Turner solely because it has a blurb by Phil Rickman. I love Mr. Rickman's books, the earlier ones as well as the Merrily Watkins series, but apparently I was reading more into his quote than I should have.

The only similarity be
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

The fact that I like horror movies is something that most people who know me are aware of. Someone from my church recently told me that he'd been told I only drank Diet Coke... and that I like horror movies.

I always find the genre of slasher horror to be interesting. I think it's fascinating to see the kinds of things people will do in order to survive. I have to say, though, that I thin
(I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads after entering a giveaway of this book).

Wow, a great book that sometimes really takes your breath away. You keep reading what's going to happen to the four non-islander 'guests'. From the beginning you know/feel that something is 'wrong' with the island and the villagers. Four complete strangers have to run for their life. Who will survive this terrible night? Who can be trusted and who doesn't? Everybody needs somebody!

At first i tho
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Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but has lived in Wales for half his life. He's a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you'll find elements of literary and cont
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“Sad-looking brown eyes, they wrenched his heart like a gut punch. Worse – hell, worse – a bloke could punch him in the head but he’d stay up, and grin through the bloody split lip, intimidating his attacker; but there was no honour in wounds inside, wounds that only you could deal with.” 2 likes
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