The Feast of All Souls
378 Collarmill Road looks like an ordinary house. But sometimes, the world outside the windows isn’t the one you expect to see. And sometimes you’ll turn around and find you’re not alone.
The suburb of Crawbeck, on a hill outside the English city of Manches ...more
It's almost Halloween when Alice moves into the the fixer-upper with squeaky floors and mysterious voices, but are the hallucinations real or a figment of her imagination? After the loss of her young daughter and breakup of her marriage, (no spoiler here) Alice is not so sure of anything anymore let alone the scary creature and mystifying sights she encounters in her backyard.
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I'm not entirely sure where to start on this one. It was a decent story, with some great characters and a nice creepy vibe all the way through. I think I just didn't like how convoluted it got. It was trying to tie so many mythologies into the explanation, and it never really did a great job explaining how the creepy supernatural weirdness actually caused what it did. The children were strictly ...more
FEAST OF ALL SOULS is an expansive horror novel constructed on a tautly plotted framework, delving into history, quantum physics, and the space-time continuum. Some portions and characters delve into what I would term extreme horror, so this is not a story for the easily upset. Nevertheless, it is a novel with powerful impact, and in many aspects, resonates with the vivid tones of reality. Almost everyone can identity with characters and some of the bo ...more
I’m always nervous when I go into a book where the ma ...more
I'm done with "Turn of the Screw" horror/gothic/supernatural. Oh, was that a ghostly reflection in the mirror? My dear, did that tea cup move by itself? Pah! I want action, horror, and lots of quirky characters monologuing away about the creepy history of some forsaken plot. Well, you'll get that here in spades.
A plot summary doesn't do this justice. Short version - Alice moves to a creepy house and bad things happen, which leads her to discover even worse t ...more
The Feast of all Souls did exactly that. It immediately lunged at me and grabbed hold. The cover carried an air of nostalgia that I could only contribute to the countless films and books I have read throughout ...more
This isn't your normal ghost story. It starts out that way but boy, does it go in another direction. The author gives you everything that keeps the reader connected, fast pace, lots of action, characters that are a bit odd and terror. When Alice loses her little girl and her marriage has gone down the tubes. She appears to have no direction and she is extremely depressed. She makes a decision to move and the move may not be the best decision she has ever made. She moves into a eerie, ...more
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Simon Bestwick – The Feast of all Souls
“Don’t confuse this novel with a simple ghost story, it has layers which go much deeper”
Simon Bestwick’s latest novel was a real change of pace and direction, having really enjoyed two of his previous books I was looking forward to what he would dream up next. ‘The Feast of all Souls’ certainly did not disappoint and although I found it to be quite an odd book, it was an entertaining read which was far from predictable. The novel starts like a fairly tradit ...more
Alice lives in said house, having come back to the area of her childhood after the death of her only child, and the subsequent failed marriage. She's at the edge of her sanity and hoping that familiarity will bring peace and order back to her life. Little doe ...more
I'm still not a hundred percent sure what I think about this book. While the story was engaging in a lot of ways, there were parts of it that lost me. It wasn't confusing, I just struggled with the lags in interesting happenings as the author switched back and forth between time periods.
The main character was well planned and had a lot of dimension and I found it was easy to relate to her, but I had trou ...more
In short, I loved it. I would have read it in one sitting, but real life got in the way!
We start with Alice, a recently bereaved mother, moving back to Manchester to live near her parents. However, the house she has bought is not all as it seems - for a start, there are the ghostly children who seem to have taken a dislike to Alice. And for another, it doesn't always seem to stay in 2016.
Meanwhile, we hear excerpts from ...more
Once again, this was not my usual kind of book. I don't do ghosts. At all.
It started off well. I was very empathetic to the main character and all she was going through and I was intrigued by her past and the sometimes lack of detail as to what exactly had happened to place her in her current situation and state of mind. And then it got creepy. Ghost children.
TBH, I actually really enjoyed the book. It was well written and the characters were very muc ...more
Teddy was an unnessisary character and his role gave nothing to the story apart from having a token 'gay guy'. Alice's story of her past as well as details on John's family we all unnessisary and I found myself skim reading it to get to the good parts.
The whole supernatural aspect ...more
Despite its slow start and pace, keep reading as this book is worth it. Depressed from the end of her marriage and recovering slowly from the loss of her daughter, Alice Collier finds herself in an eerie house with ghostly children all around her. Well developed and well written, this is a long but satisfying read. Recommended.
Yes, you may think its a trope as old as time itself but trust me, you do not want to miss this book. The writing is simply superb as the story winds its way through the book via three tim ...more