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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  65 reviews
An almost deserted town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah's days of mining and farming prosperity - if they ever truly existed - are long gone. These days even the name on the road sign into town has been removed. Yet for Pete, an ex-policeman, Milly, Li and a small band of others, it's the only place they have ever felt at home. One winter solstice, a strange residual and ...more
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Published October 1st 2017 by Transit Lounge
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Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I guess the 13th is as fitting a day as any (except maybe the winter solstice) to read this cover to cover.

On the one hand it’s so predictable it hurts: there’s nothing here I hadn’t seen before in terms of plot beats (even tho I rarely engage with horror in any medium). On the other, it works because of its needle-sharp focus on tragic characters and their baggage, and its evocation of a remote, fading township abandoned by almost everyone with a duty to care about it.

I was engaged in
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Barry at Transit Lounge
‘Nebulah’ – with its echoes of ‘nebulous’ – is a clever name for the fictional inland town in Western Australia where the action takes place. It is very remote, three hours drive away from the nearest town of Woodford, which is also small and remote, and itself a good long drive from Mandurah. The story begins with the suicide of an old man called Rolf who couldn’t go on with the loneliness of eking out a living in a dying town.

Twelve months before, Nebulah had a population of just over 500.
Anne Fenn
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Yikes, horror/speculative fiction, what was I thinking?! This book is really a five star read, I just couldn't bring myself to say I admired horror that much. Set in rural Western Australia, it tells the story of a (shrinking) group of people facing terrible danger every night. Mists, ghosts, over-imagination, who knows? It's brilliantly written, a 99% normal world is set up, full of interesting characters. The plot is clever, I couldn't see what was coming next, but it led me on from page to ...more
Kat Nicholson
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well, that was the scariest book I've read in a long, long time. It's also beautifully written, with well-developed characters - a brilliant, terrifying debut novel.

I sat down on the couch and started reading at 7.00 pm; it's now 2.30 am and I've just finished. I think I'll be sleeping with all the lights on tonight.
Alma Katsu
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to blurb this book at a particularly busy time, but I found I couldn't stay away from it! A dystopian set in Australia that transcends the genre, with great characters. The characters are endearing, the situation feels very real. The horror part is unresolved, like Josh Malerman's Bird Box, but that doesn't detract from the story one bit.
Susanne Nicholson
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finished this whole book in one sitting. It was riveting - a unique story with thoroughly-drawn characters. The prose was elegant and descriptive, and yet flowed very easily. It was also terrifying! It's wonderful to see such great work from another Australian author. Highly recommended.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is marketed as a horror and I think that's a bit of a stretch. Really I think this book is more of a literary fiction book.

I really didn't like this book. I found it incredibly dull and tedious. I really couldn't connect to the writing at all.

On the back of the book it is described as being a cross between Jane Harper's the dry and bird box. It really isn't like bird box and the only reason its compared to the dry is because it's set in Australia.

I think a better comparison would be the
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING GOOD. It was genuinly SCARY. My heart is still pounding from the adrenalin rush from the final pages. WOW SO SO GOOD!
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Review originally posted HERE on Sci-Fi & Scary**

I had to take a bit to process between finishing this book and writing my review. Soon hit me in a way I was not at all anticipating and has left me with a rare (for me) and profound book hangover. I’ve actually had a hard time getting my thoughts on this one down, because really all I want to do is cry about it for a bit, and then scream at all of you to read this gorgeous, horrifying book!

The town of Nebulah, reduced to six residents, is
Neil McRobert
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Take Stephen King’s small towns and homespun gothic, relocate it around the world to rural Australia, and you’ve got the makings of a unique yet familiar horror cracker.

Soon is a fabulous novel. Simple and pared down, yet never anaemic. The situation it presents is only vaguely outlined or understood, but it never feels unthought out. Instead it feels like a true, bewildered worms-eye view of a supernatural phenomenon. In reality how would you understand this kind of thing? The book gets that
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reviews
I think it’s safe to say that Lois Murphy’s Soon will be the strangest — and most intriguing — book I read all year.

This deliciously creepy debut novel defies categorisation: is it dystopian? literary fiction? horror? The answer, I suspect, is a combination of all three.

I’m not much of a one for fantastical, supernatural tales, but there was something about this story, which compelled me to keep turning the pages long into the night.

The setting is Nebulah, a fictional town in outback Western
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer to 3.5 stars. Soon is a bit of a strange horror novel that leans hard on the notions of grief and regret. The protagonist(s) are used to the horror and oppression around them so-much-so that it has become routine. Despite the killer mist that haunts their homes at night, at time seductive at other's taunting, the actual horror isn't the real threat of death but rather trying to find a way to move on with living. This is, I suspect, the intent.
3.5 Soon is partly inspired by the true story of the Australian town of Wittenoom, an abestos-contaminated site where three residents still remain. This book is a fictional account of what might be, only here the town of Nebulah dies after a mystery mist arrives. The concept is similar to Stephen King’s The Mist but the book focuses on the loss and loneliness of a group of six people relying on each other for survival.

The protagonist, Pete, is a retired former police officer, estranged from his
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Soon, is not a new book. It was released a few years back in its native Australia and finally, the rest of the world gets to see what the aussies have known for the past couple years: Lois Murphy can write some seriously good suspenseful horror.

Ordinarily, I don’t tend to go in for literary fiction. I like my story to be plot-driven more so than character-driven. But, upon reading the blurb and seeing the gorgeous
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Winner Arealis Award Best Horror Novel 2018

Read...and decide for yourself!
David Zauss
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK PLEASE! If you’re attention span only reached this far, at least I got the main message across. Read. This. I would’ve give it 6 stars if I could.
So why should you?
How is this her first book? It’s such an expertly written novel. Incredible prose. Exhilarating suspense. And a main character so fully realized I forget he is fiction. It’s a unique premise, a little reminiscent of Bird Box, but I prefer this novel over that. She writes with such grace and confidence, conjuring up the
Lisa Rowe
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-2019
I want to thank Titan Books for this review copy. I really enjoyed this book. Perfect, strange Halloween read!
Aug 23, 2019 marked it as attempted  ·  review of another edition
Skimmed up to 23%. Intriguing premise – and THAT is how you do a cover! – but I dislike the narration and I couldn't summon up any interest in what becomes of these characters if you paid me.
Sarah B
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This haunting story is set in the small and now almost totally abondoned town of Nebulah Australia. The main character is an ex-cop who is now out of shape and likes to drink too much. He lives alone with his dog Gina who he has named after his ex-wife. But things are really spinning out of control in Nebulah and everything is falling apart. Things are so bad they don't even have a police department anymore..any help has to come from the next town over. The problems started when a strange ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oh wow. Just wow. I devoured this book in just a few sittings and when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about how much I wanted to read it.

The town of Nebulah only has six people left, and they have to be indoors with the doors locked and curtains closed by sunset or the mist will kill them. I love that the book keeps you guessing about the mist the entire way through, why did it appear? Will it ever disappear? What is in the
Pamela Scott

ARC from @TitanBooks and voluntarily reviewed

I really, really wanted to love this book. The blurb excited me. I love dead towns and all that comes with it. This should have been one that I adored and cherished forever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite. Some stuff about the book works and most of the book falls short so it was a bit of an uneven read for me. The big issue is the plot – it’s very predictable after a fashion. I struggled to find anything really
Nebulah. Population: 7 5 4 3 2 1 0.

A town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah’s population has been slowly shrinking for some time. But one day the birds disappear and a strange mist descends on the town at nightfall. Taunting and murderous, it claims the lives of who are not safe inside, the windows and doors locked. Pete, a former policeman with a family that doesn’t want him, remains in spite of the danger, clinging to the community and friendships he’s made.

Lois Murphy’s Soon is quite simply
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this book wasn't packed full of scares, it easily is one of my favorite horror novels I've read. Excellent writing, satisfying pacing, with an ending that might feel gimmicky if viewed on film but is so masterfully done here that I found myself disappointed that it had ended (I wanted more!). Truly an astounding read, and one I'll no doubt pick up again. The way the author weaved the isolation and despair of the characters with their inability to let go of the past to create a future - ...more
Bill Wallace
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written with great characters and some terrifying scenes. The biggest barrier between me and a total love of this Australian Outback parable of the mess people make of their lives is that I never bought the premise. I don't require a logical or even consistent explanation of the outré elements in a book -- in fact, some of my favorite works of the fantastic deliberately eschew such things -- but I can't accept the events depicted here, even in the early 90s, would not have attracted ...more
Vicki Parsons
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Intriguing and fast paced read. I picked this up to read a few chapters and ended up finishing it a few hours later. This atmospheric novel opens with a small, nearly abandoned Australian town, and its last few residents, facing a creepy, supernatural evil of completely unknown origin. The plot has been done before, with minor variations, but the characters were interesting and they drew me in. I needed to know what had happened to these people and it was my attachment to them that kept me ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strange, intriguing and overall a very good read. This book has a most unusual plot and premise that makes it creepy and addictive. A mysterious mist envelopes a remote West Australian town every day during darkness hours. The dwindling local population must be inside when the mist comes, or they risk being "consumed" by it. There are so many themes, with an underlying tone of fact from a real community in the region that actually suffers a dangerous mist. But this mist is much more sinister and ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am totally depressed after finishing this book. Sure it was spooky and sometimes straight up terrifying but it was the overwhelming sadness that really got to me. This was a very dark story without any light or joy to relieve the misery. (view spoiler) It really is just unrelenting in the style of The Walking Dead where everything is terrible and everyone is likely to die eventually. That said, the story is
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a slow boiling horror, simmering away for much of a fairly uneventful plot, just building the unease until things started to go seriously awry towards the close. It took me a while to adjust to the pacing; I enjoyed the author’s skilful depiction of her likeable small-town characters and their quietly doom-laden lives, but spent a while waiting for something more to happen. I liked the lack of explanation given for the weird goings on in town. Possibly because they’re both Australian ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. Utterly gripping. Just like the work of Transit Lounge stable mates Jane Rawson and A S Patric, Lois Murphy’s debut novel Soon defies genre categorisation. Despite containing fantastical story elements, it feels uncommonly gritty and grounded. Murphy’s character development and evocation of both the natural environment and small town setting is first class — a reader cannot help but become invested in their plight. Read full review >>
Susan Hilla
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it boring to the extreme, and almost did not finish several times. I plodded on, hoping that "Soon", something would actually happen to the dull and stupid protagonists . Character development is all well and good, but I would say that about 80 percent of the novel is rehash and rehash of the main character's mundane ruminations on everything from his lack of exercise to family problems, with about 10 percent actual "horror". Another aspect I hated was most of the horror was the gruesome ...more
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