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The Knowing

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Ceri Edwards and two school friends lift the lid on an ancient book of recipes belonging to Betty Williams, a volunteer at the local hospital in Pontypridd, South Wales. Two Kansas City cops step off a flight at London Heathrow and one of them falls to the ground with a painful conviction that there's something evil in the air. United in their destinies, Ceri and the polic ...more
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Published March 30th 2017 by Urbane Publications
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Miriam Smith
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urbane
"The Knowing" written by the very imaginative David Graham is a thrilling contemporary urban horror book published by Urbane Publications.
The story is set in London and focuses on evil forces invading London intent on destroying the human race.
At first I wasn't sure if this was my type of book, I'm not a major fan of horror books, but to be honest once you start reading it you realise that it's not a traditional horror book but more a fantasy/mystery book. "The Knowing" follows on from the autho
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☙ percy ❧
dnf at 26%

does the crippling guilt of dnf-ing books fade with time or is it eternal?

i really wanted to love this. mystery?? horror?? magic?? sign me up!!

sadly, though, the writing style wasn't grabbing me at all and i found my attention wandering off. it didn't help that the perspective kept switching all the time, and when i didn't have much interest in the first place, switching to a random character who is equally un-compelling is not going to help me become interested.

i think it just wasn't
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Cats of Ulthar March of Shoggoths
Review of THE KNOWING by David Graham

A direct sequel to author Graham's terrifying thriller, THE SCREAMING, this novel can nevertheless stand on its own, as sufficient backstory is drawn in throughout so those who may not have read THE SCREAMING can still thrill to the chills and scares of THE KNOWING, as well as enjoying the author's subtle humour and tugging of heartstrings among the characters.

After EM radiation from cell phones and the Internet had been proven to cause adolescent psychosis,
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Melanie
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2017, netgalley
I was excited to jump into this book. From the description it sounded very interesting and I expected it to be a quick read. Within a few chapters I was having a difficult time following the multiple story lines even though it was clear that they would tie up nicely further into the story.

I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and Dale’s constant testicle pain made it difficult for me to want to continue to read. After struggling for four days to make progress in the book, I gave up at 50%
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Milli (MiracleMilliReads)
This book was more than just horror, but a thrilling mystery as well. I love the setting taken place in London and how the events of this story come together to try to destroy a human race. I was on edge the whole time and I could not stop reading. This book was well written and the characters were thought through to make the storyline even better. This story focuses on evil forces that invade London and how there is much corruption everywhere in the city. I did not know there was a first book t ...more
Elke
In hindsight, I wonder why I chose to read this book, but then again it happens from time to time: you pick a book you find interesting, either because of the summary (original: yes) or the cover (mysterious: yes). You think this could be something different from the well-trodden path of horror and mystery you usually read, widen your horizon and all that stuff. What can I say? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This book is definitely a very strong case of 'doesn't' for me...

It started o
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Valery
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"To know, is to know you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." - a wonderful quote by Socrates starts off this book, and couldn't be more apt. With a heady prologue that gets off to a ponderous beginning, what with a toxic technological soup that is inherently evil and dangerous, this novel begins with a bang. The Knowing: A thrilling horror fantasy by David Graham is the perfect amalgamation of horror and inexplicable events, conspiring together to destroy humanity. This is a gr ...more
Romuald Dzemo
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful mix of horror and fantasy, The Knowing by David Graham features great characters, an ancient evil that could destroy the city of London and the Royal family, all beginning with a musty recipe book. Readers will read about broken destinies and characters whose paths cross in the battle against something the city has never known before. But can the new knight Dai Williams, a once-upon-a-time MI5 agent succeed to defeat the chaos and bring back order to this city with a lot of promise?

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Jill Elizabeth
May 16, 2017 marked it as done-with
Shelves: gave-up-on
I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't get into it. The premise was great - as was the promise: mystery, supernatural elements, a book of secrets, MI5, a plot against the Royals... I liked the sample text well enough, but when I tried to dig into the larger book, I just found myself floundering. The teenage girls babble on rather inanely - I know that is the wont of teenage girls everywhere, but in a book I need a little guidance, maybe a roadmap or at least a street sign... I fou ...more
Crystal
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good and different as well it brought me into the zone. This book is about silencing of electromagnetic radiation throughout the UK has allowed an evil energies but can the new knight Dai Williams, a once upon a time agent succeed to defeat the chaos and bring back order to this city? You get into a world that is cursed and you will read about broken destinies whose paths cross in the battle against something the city has never known before. If you like to read horror then you ...more
Seraphia
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Knowing: A Thrilling horror fantasy by David Graham is a story about a variety of different characters - a young teenage girl who is a witch, a police officer from America and his partner/boyfriend and an MI5 agent from England. In this story we are first introduced to some young girls who are witches (in England) and they are working on producing a hex to put on Dai Williams who has recently been knighted by the Queen for helping to save her life from what many believe was a stroke. The hex ...more
Donna
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book had no idea what it was and I had no idea what I was reading.

Just to break down the blurb, the teens and the Kansas City police officers are completely unrelated and don’t even meet until the very end of the book. Dai Williams is rather useless and has nothing resting with him. I don’t know who Kim Newman or Ben Aaranovitch are but I can tell you this is not urban horror. I don’t know what this was other than ridiculous.

The only way I can really describe the book is it’s like following
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Jo
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
The Knowing is a fabulous urban, horror thriller, that defies its genre. I actually thought that this book was more of a mystery/supernatural/science fiction type of a read... it is most certainly a genre busting book, and I loved it! I also didn't realise that this book follows on from The Screaming, but this book worked for me as a stand alone novel. I will, however, be reading The Screaming in the near future.

The Knowing is set in futuristic London, where Ceri Edwards from Pontypridd, South W
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Alina
Let me start off with what I liked about the book; I loved the idea of the plot. I felt it had great potential to be something more. I also enjoyed the character and their interactions between one and other. I also love the fact that the setting was a dystopian futuristic England, London to be exact. I'm a big horror fan, whether it be on pages or on a screen. with that being said, it can be hard to make a horror story jump out at you on pages in my personal opinion. 'The Knowing' tried, but to ...more
Jessica Bronder
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this world, radiation from cell phones and the Internet causes teenagers to go psycho. America has decided to lock all of the teenagers up while the UK has decided to block all cell phone and internet use. With the cell phones and Internet stopped, people are learning that they have magical abilities that have been disguised. But with anything, you may have those that want to use these abilities to help others or just help themselves with little things. But then there are those that have big, ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Ok I am to be honest, that's what you want with a review right? I felt totally and completely lost throughout this whole book!  First I didn't realise it was a sequel - once I found that out it made sense to my feeling of being complete and utter lost but it didn't help my any.

This was also not a horror in the slightest, mystery thriller perhaps but definitely not horror - or at least not my definition of horror - this wasn't scary can't read in the dark material.

I didn't connect with any charac
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S.K. Gregory
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review:

A groups of schoolgirls attempt a magic spell which goes wrong, while Dai Williams is dealing with his new found fame after he saves the Queen's life. I did not realize that this was the second book in the series and I will be reading the first one. Full of strange and curious events, it was certainly entertaining. I liked the mix of telepathy along with the mystery of what happened with the mobile phones. I'm sure more is explained in book one, but there was enough here to keep me readi
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Sanjin
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not big on horrors, the movies or books, but I like exciting, fast and entertaining novels that keep me on the edge of my seat. I heard good things about this so I took the leap and read it, and I am glad I did.
I would not call it strictly a horror, it certainly has many tropes of that genre, but it also has some thriller in it, lots of action, emotion and a bit of humor too. The story is nothing groundbreaking or original, there is an ancient evil from a very old book, a hero that is not p
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Cody Lee Stevenson
rated it it was amazing
May 08, 2017
Nikki
Apr 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I will keep this short as I do not feel it's fair to give a full review on a book that I was unable to finish.

It's not very often that I give up on a book. I have tortured myself for months, determined to finish a book in the past with mixed results, all the while staring longingly at my bookshelves for any kind of reprieve. Every now and then, you get lucky and a book will pick up speed and turn into every thing you could hope for. Sometimes, you aren't so lucky.

I made it about half way through
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Destiny Brown
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Destiny Brown
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Doug
rated it it was ok
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Abode
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have never considered myself a fan of Science Fiction & Fantasy genre but when I stumbled on The Knowing, that changed for me very quickly. I am so glad I read this book. I finished "The Knowing" in just one seating, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

David Graham painstakingly and intellectually creates the perfect balance of adventure, suspense, mystery and edge-of-your-seat anticipation in this genre-defying story of how Ceri Edwards and two of his school friends unveiled the
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Rae Phillips
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read... enjoyed it!

I am not huge fan of science fiction or horror, I do enjoy fantasy and I love anything with a bit of mysticism! However, once we move into the realms of witchcraft and folklore then I guarantee the author gets my attention.

Graham opens The Knowing with a teasing prologue and then sets of the first chapter at a good pace, it is very easy to slip into his writing stride and I found that I was drawn in during the early pages.

I was initially critical of the author’s choice o
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