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The Catacombs

(World's Scariest Places #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,777 ratings  ·  231 reviews

Paris, France, is known as the City of Lights, a metropolis renowned for romance and beauty. Beneath the bustling streets and cafés, however, exists The Catacombs, a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels filled with six million dead.

When a video camera containing mysterious footage is discovered deep within their depths, a group of friends venture
Kindle Edition, 524 pages
Published October 2017 by Ghillinnein Books (first published February 24th 2015)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I didnt like this one as much as a couple of his others but I will read more of them 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read, but not very scary. The only bit that really made my skin crawl was near the beginning, which is a shame. The story is pretty much exactly the same as the first book, just set in Paris instead of Japan, which unfortunately means I won't bother with the rest of them.

I also googled a bunch of stuff to do with the catacombs for fun and interest (as you do!) while reading the book, and was very disappointed to see that many parts of the books are very nearly lifted from blogs where
I really liked this book, it kept me interested and engaged but I only gave it 3 stars and here's why: This story although in a different place and different characters than the first in this series was almost an exact copy of the first story . What I mean by that is this , scary place:check, main character that lost a sibling :check, group of people all doing something stupid : check, crazed serial rapist/killer : check. I had a very bad case of déjà vu while reading this, had I not read the ...more
Bernard Jan
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, thriller, fiction
From the catacombs, in a labyrinth of tunnels that extend over 300 kilometers under the French metropolis Paris, lurks something more than a darkness. More than a blackness in which you cannot hear or see anything.

In the resting place of six million dead, an unknown something waits for a group of friends who ventured there to investigate a mysterious footage of a discovered video camera. Something dangerous, sinister, something deadly.

The Catacombs are the second book in the Worlds Scariest
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror, e-books
Now this is far more like it. Having read and been a let down by Bates first helping in the series I wasn't sure about this but I figured he deserved another shot and he pulled it back brilliantly. This isn't a faultless read by any means but at least this time the characters actually try to use their brains and weigh up options rather than charging in all gun-ho and the female characters have a bit of nounce about them and don't just do what they are told, in fact they end up doing a lot of the ...more
Elisabeth Zguta
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can be scarier than wandering the catacombs under Paris in darkness? You will discover how horrific it can be below the city. The story plunges you underground with the four explorers, as they journey through the catacombs, pursuing a quest inspired by a mysterious video Pascal had found during a previous trip below.

Pascal and Daniele are both experienced cataphilesthe colloquial term for underground urban explorers of the catacombs. They guide Rob and Will through some treacherous terrain
Sean Kennedy
Even though it's set in a different place and has different characters to the first book in this series, it is a true horror sequel in the fact that it virtually cuts and pastes the original with a only a few changed to create a second work. Here we have the character with a tragic past (in Suicide Forest a sibling who suicided, here a sibling who drowned but the character was partly responsible for) who is persuaded against their will to go somewhere with a chequered paranormal history (Japan's ...more
Stephen Clynes
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The Catacombs are a network of tunnels beneath Paris which are said to extend more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) and reach depths of 30 meters (100), too deep for phone coverage. Follow 4 characters who go on an underground adventure to explore hidden treasures etc in this hidden world beneath the streets of Paris.

I thought this thriller from Jeremy Bates was okay. The structure of this novel is similar to his previous book, the Suicide Forest and offers the same huge vocabulary that helps
Heidi Ward
Jeremy Bates may be on to something here. At first I thought the "Scariest Places" shtick seemed kind of goofy, but boy does Bates put those places to good use. In the first installment, Suicide Forest, he conjures up a palpable sense of dread, but the characters kept on doing REALLY stupid things, seemingly only in the service of generating plot twists.

The good news is that this second installment, set in the labyrinthine tunnels of the Paris catacombs, feels more authentic. Most of the
Cora Pop
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I know that when I pick up a book by Jeremy Bates, it'll be very difficult to put it down. Not for claustrophobes, this is a scary, well developed adventure following the same pattern as Suicide Forest - which I suppose is meant like that since they're part of a "scarriest places" series; nevertheless, this brings a feeling of repetitiveness that takes away a bit of the zest of the story. But the writing is effective and so addictive that it certainly compensates for that. On to the the next ...more
Angie and the Daily Book Dose
I think I saw a movie a few weeks ago that used 40% of this books plot line. The book itself was not terrible, and in fact was an easy read for a day with not much to do. This book is purely brain candy. The conclusion actually kind of surprised me. I'd still be willing to become a Parisian cataphile....although I'd probably stick to larger groups or maybe even the museum tour!
Savannah B
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the creepiness of these books so much! They're perfect for reading on stormy nights with a cup of tea. Or wine.
Gilda Felt
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wouldnt go into the Catacombs on a bet. Not so much because of the bones, but just the fact that youre going into unlit and unmapped caves. But reading about them is a totally different thing. The book mingles fact with fiction as the three men and one woman take you on their descent into the tunnel network under Paris, where they run into more than one surprise.

The book is pretty much a guilty pleasure. Not up to the level of the horror greats (and it could have done with a more in-depth
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paris, France, underneath the cobbled streets, cafes and boutiques there are The Catacombs, the resting place of 6 million dead, winding through miles and miles of tunnels, here Catophiles wander and explore, trying to find new rooms and tunnels to add to their maps. But something else lurks down there and it's willing to kill to keep it's secrets.

Four Catophiles are on a mission, trying to find a missing woman who was filming herself as she walked around, she dropped it and began screaming as
Stephen Lowry
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great read, very atmospheric and a great ending .. I'm definitely going to be looking into the rest of the series.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the previous book in this series and wanted to love this one, but the story relied too much on the victimization of women and girls for shocks and scares, and, to me, it made the novel less engaging.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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This was a little better than the first one, Suicide Forest. Very similar plots, though, and I feel like the narrator/main characters are too similar.

I had a favorite character in this one: Rob. Loved that guy. He had some issues, but it seemed like he was a really good person at heart, just lost his way a little. (view spoiler)

Sandra Guerfi
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was generously sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Paris is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. It's beauty is enchanting and makes it a destination for millions of tourists. Beneath the glamour though, her history is carved out of the very bedrock she sits on, an underground system of caves that contain millions of skeletal remains that were deposited there when the cemeteries of Paris began to overflow and the dead needed to be dealt with swiftly. The
Brad  Schonour
I am in absolute agreement with a couple of the other reviews given to this book by others. This book is almost a copy/paste work of his previous novel "Suicide Forest". Yes, one takes place in Japan while the other takes place in Paris. In the first the main character's sibling committed suicide while in this novel the main character was partially responsible for a horrible accident that killed their sister. Then, even though in both books they did not want to go to said location, they are ...more
Beneath the city of Paris, France, are The Catacombs - a labyrinth of crumbling tunnels filled with six million dead. A video camera that contains mysterious footage has been left behind and found by a friend of a friend. Danièle is showing the footage her friend Pascal has found to her new friend Will. She wants him to join a small group of friends exploring the Catacombs. They're going to the place where the video camera was found in hopes of finding the woman who dropped it. Will is adamant ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I have to say, overall I was really impressed. Especially once the plot really got going, I just could not put the book down. It took a little while to get going, and even more time to switch from "random encounters into the catacombs" (some of which were still pretty intense) to the actual plot line. Then things went absolutely nuts, a combination of The Descent and As Above, So Below, with touches of The Hills Have Eyes. And though it was a little far-fetched, really, it was not completely out ...more
Caitlin Pollock
Bates is a great author and this series is really gripping. The first in the series was great and so I had very high hopes for this book but it was not as good. Lots of fighting scenes... Think: The Hills Have Eyes set underground. I think that I did not like the particular setting and so I began the book with already a marred view, however Bates is such a good author I really look forward to books three and four which I am going to begin promptly after writing this.

The first book is very
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book in the series and hoped that the second would be as good. It mostly lived up to my expectations.

The book began was a scene near the end, so you had a good idea what would happen, but it was presented in such a way as it didn't ruin the story. I would have preferred not to have that scene, but it was also needed to draw you in.

My initial thoughts were that this would be some elaborate prank or initiation but the author made that seem unlikely by switching perspectives
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
This was a pretty good book. The setting interested me. I've seen documentaries about the Paris catacombs and the urban explorers who visit them, mapping them out and sometimes partying in the maze of tunnels beneath the city. This book follows a group of 4 cataphiles as they are called as they search for a missing woman in the farthest reaches of the catacombs. What they find, and what finds them is way beyond their expectations, and not in a good way. The only major quarrel i have with this ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of horror stories in the World's Scariest Places is very entertaining. I loved the first book, set in the Suicide Forest of Japan, and this one is just as much fun. It made me want to join the cataphiles, the urban explorers who go into the Paris catacombs even if it's illegal and doesn't sound very clean. It's a little repetitive, if you've read the first volume, but still amusing. My complaint is the same as usual with these kinds of novels: for the love of Pete, please try to ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is not a horror novel. This is a thriller. And a good one at that.
The writing overall was very good. The part when Will got stuck in the chatiere made me feel claustrophobic.
The frequent change of POVs slightly bothered me at times, especially when it was just to express a paragraph or two in the new POV.
Some of the little details were ludicrous, especially regarding Zoltan and Katja's stories. But what really got to me was the ending. (view spoiler)
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many other commenters before, I noticed that this book took the framework for the author's previous book, Suicide Forest and just changed the names of the characters and the scenery. I do appreciate that the author gets to the scary explanation about halfway through, as it makes for a more complete story. This was an OK read, more like a forgettable one-hour crime drama show than a full-on summer blockbuster.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the The Catacombs (World's Scariest Places #2) by Jeremy Bates. It was a good read, the writer's setting descriptions and history of the Paris Catacombs really helped to get the atmosphere of the the tunnels across. I couldn't really like any of the characters in the story though, they all seemed pretty rude and out for themselves, except for Katja. I did like the overall story and will definitely recommend and check out more books written by Mr. Bates.
Eh. The first book, Suicide Forest, actually creeped me a bit and I enjoyed not being able to figure out what was going on. But this book was way less exciting. It was a little but too much like the first one. I also don't like how the authors portrays women. Especially in the beginning of the book.

Overall the book is ok. Not so spooky and a little too obvious. Because of this I'm not sure if I'll continue on with the next ones.
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USA TODAY and #1 AMAZON bestselling author Jeremy Bates has published more than twenty novels and novellas, which have been translated into several languages, optioned for film and TV, and downloaded more than one million times. Midwest Book Review compares his work to "Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art." He has won both an Australian Shadows Award and a Canadian Arthur ...more

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