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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Of those writers who stoically refuse to trudge along horror fiction's well-worn path, Joyce, with British Fantasy Awards to his credit for Requiem and The Tooth Fairy, has perhaps had the most success. And now we can add to that list The Stormwatcher... For this remarkable, fine and almost unclassifiable book is a complete breath of fresh air, even considering his past ...more
Hardcover, signed limited to 1000 unnumbered copies, 271 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Night Shade (first published January 1st 1998)
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Lectrice Hérétique
De plus en plus pesante au fil de la lecture, la tension psychologique entre les personnages tourmentés est superbement mise en scène. Les relations dégénèrent et la tension sans cesse grandissante mènent le lecteur jusqu’à la conclusion fatale. L’ensemble fait nettement penser au fabuleux et angoissant Tour d’écrou de Henry James. À mi-chemin entre roman fantastique et roman psychologique, cette histoire habilement conçue nous met en garde contre le secret, la dissimulation et le mensonge. L’ ...more
Rin Hoshigumo
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A group of “friends” go on holiday together in France. Christie was my favourite character.
Bill Kupersmith
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me-emma
Love & death are the most romantic subject for a story that there is, ever. Graham Joyce was unknown to me till I found his novel The Silent Land on the shelf @ B&N nearly five years ago. Downloaded a copy to my Kindle & found it very moving indeed but it was obvious from the Americanized vocabulary that an editor with a tin ear had vandalised it, & so ordered the real thing from & read it again in the original. Not only was The Silent Land one of the most moving ...more
Glen Engel-Cox
There’s a certain rawness to Graham Joyce’s stories, in that he always manages to shock me somewhat in his frank writing about taboo subjects–in this case, as in most, sex. I hate to think that I’m something of a prude, but I did grow up Baptist. In the typewriters of lesser authors, this wouldn’t be worthwhile, but Joyce always is well-grounded in the foibles of people and the frank writing about sexual matters is not puerile but necessary to understand the characters.

The story here is a
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the surface, a group of friends are holidaying in France with one of the couple's two children. The elder child, Jessie, has instances of disturbing behaviour and appears to be under the influence of one of the adults. But she isn't the only one who is disturbed and as the surface is cracked and the inter-relationships of the couples are revealed we understand that the world of adults is just as chaotic as that of the children. And as the storm which has brewed for days descends on the group ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub-reads
His poetic language was quite lovely. He used imagery and descriptive language in a really remarkable way which I found very satisfying however the plot itself was weird, unsettling and not a single one of the characters rang particularly true. I have no problem with the use of swearwords or 'foul' language if they serve to illustrate character or create tension but Joyce's use of language in that context quite often appeared purely....if that is not a contradiction in show that he ...more
Jan 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, occult
I think Mr. Joyce was using this book to practice his tension building. I've read nearly all of his books and so far, this was my least favorite. I think it's because none of the characters were attractive, even the children were just children, with nothing to make them anything but objects of pity. The author knew that the characters weren't pleasant as he mentions it in his dedication. The only thing that kept me reading the book was the desire to find out if my guess at who the 'instructor' ...more
Freesiab (Bookish Review)
I so want to love his books! The last quarter of this book was what the whole book should have been. Here were the problems 1. 2 congruent stories. Great plot device! It failed here. Neither story developed as a result 2. Strange and unusual story lines. Great! I love those! That's why I chose this book, however, you don't really pick up on it until way later and the principal isn't described. Ok, there are more but I'm over this book. I thought Silent a Land was over rated but at least I liked ...more
Terry Mark
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I write a book review I don't like to give too much of the storyline away, it's for others to discover. But just to say it's about a group of people holidaying in France with so many twists and turns that you don't know who's who and what's what, and then when you think you do everything is flipped on it's head. A brilliant read.
Huge fan of Graham Joyce but if this had been the first book written by him that I'd read? I'd never have picked another. If you're looking to read this as your first experience then please don't. Try The Tooth Fairy, Dark Sister or The Silent Land, please.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like Graham Joyce's fantastical realism but this one had a bit too much dysfunctional family drama compared to the fantasy. Nicely atmospheric Dordogne setting, though. (Terrible kindle formatting issues, tho.)
Sep 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book centering around power and the use and misuse of it towards an impressionable young girl. Human values are involved and a mysterious ghost (or not) is included.

This book is set in France and concerns two families on vacation together and a mystery that occurs whilst there.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Probably his best book next to Requiem. A little slow to start, but kept me wondering till the very end, and beautifully constructed as always.
Bill Mazzola
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
i'm still puzzling out what category this book was fits into - but it was emotional, dark, scary, weird and engrossing. joyce is 2 for 2 in my book. looking forward to the next one.
Aaron Badgley
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the kind of book that I need to sit with for a while. I did not know what to make of it at first, but by the end it comes together. Not his best book, but well worth a read.
Lucy Pratt
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Didn't enjoy as much as the other Graham Joyce books I have read.
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Graham Joyce (22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014) was an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories.

After receiving a B.Ed. from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A. from the University of Leicester in 1980. Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988. He subsequently quit his