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One million years of evolution didn't change our nature. Nor did it bury the horrors predating civilisation. Ancient rites, old deities and savage ways can reappear in the places you least expect.

Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric
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Hardcover, 415 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Ritual Limited
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 ++++ stars!
“But, alas, in such places where hell is made on earth one can never look away from the business of depravity.”- The Reddening

All the stars. This book, THE REDDENING by Adam Nevill gets all the stars from me because this is the kind of horror I want to read all of my days. This will definitely make my Best Books of 2019 list.

First, as a writer, Nevill checks all the boxes for me. His storytelling voice is seasoned with intention and care for the reader; he knows where the story is
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Mindi
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So guess who is going to be reading a lot more from Adam Nevill?

I want to start by talking about the actual book, because presentation means a lot to me. Of course that jacket art is amazing, but I always remove the dust jackets when I read a book, and the cover underneath is a brilliant red with a pleasant grainy feel. My copy was sent straight from the author, and he included a bookmark with the title on it, and a very cool inscription in Latin. The book is the perfect size for holding a
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Janie C.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a captivating and frightening novel that captures our sense of dread and refuses to let go, shaking us within the jaws of historical menace and its threat of eternal continuity. Surrounded by a barren and inhospitable landscape, the unknowing are caught up in appalling rituals and ancient cult activities that are animalistic and merciless. Cosmic horror melds with unrelenting group mentality as crimes against outsiders become increasingly brutal and horrific. Undercurrents of ...more
Chris Berko
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
It pains me to say this because I have a lot of respect and admiration for Adam Nevill and I have enjoyed every other book I have read by him, but this is a boring, pale representation of what he is capable of. I loved the first 20% when the bones are discovered and we get the history of the area and what actually happened deep in those caves but as the story evolved I lost interest more and more and by the time everything came to a head I really couldn't have cared less. Even the last chapter ...more
Tony
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The south Devon area of England is well known for its rugged and natural beauty; its stretching coastlines and meandering paths loved by ramblers, however, after reading Adam Nevill’s outstanding new novel The Reddening you may well decide to book your next holiday elsewhere. The author has been a south coast resident for a few years now and, although his last two novels have also been set roughly in this area, this ninth outing is dominated by its locality. Highlights include threatening ...more
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Janelle | She Reads with Cats
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The cover of Adam Nevill’s THE REDDENING first caught my eye on Sadie’s (@mother.horror) Instagram page when she posted her special edition copy. Unfortunately for me the hardcovers were all sold out, but Adam kindly offered to send me a free signed paperback. He is incredibly generous and I am so grateful for my copy because, guess what?!...I loved it.

Kat is a lifestyle journalist who escapes her past by moving to a coastal area near Brickburgh in Devon England. Artifacts and remains from
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The Grim Reader
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I consider myself a pretty big fan of Adam Nevill. It all started with The Ritual a few years ago, it blew me away and I've been a fan ever since (I still haven't seen the movie though). I loved Under A Watchful Eye, it was my favourite book of 2017. Last Days was good too, though the final few acts didn't quite work for me. The Reddening is another excellent outing from Nevill. Set on the south coast of England, Nevill spins a tale of strange and bloody folky goings on...human sacrifice, caves ...more
Niki
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The Limbo of "It was neither awesome nor awful" 3 stars.

Let's begin with the negatives, because that's how I roll: the book was so, so overwritten. Dunno if Adam Nevill was attempting some Romanticism by injecting "lush" descriptions of nature and a lot of emphasis in the "introspective" existentialist musings of this and that character, but it did NOT work for me. There was pretentious/ purple prose-y writing in every single narrative paragraph, like:

She must have moved too far from the
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Carmilla Voiez
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is dark and claustrophobic, like the caves it frequently dwells within, yet expansive like the wild countryside of Devon that is described beautifully and evocatively within its pages. It is the land, both beneath and above the surface of Devon that is the star of the story, and that character is brought to life by Adam Nevill, warts and all.

The human characters are flawed yet strong like so many of Nevill's characters. No one here is truly good although some are irredeemably evil.
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Jolene
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was incredibly disappointed with Adam Nevill's newest novel. I was so looking forward to it and even got a signed, hard copy, first addition! I've been a huge fan for years since a friend turned me on to "House of Small Shadows." That book truly creeped me out, to the point where I was turning on the lights to go to the bathroom in the night. I've read all of his other novels and enjoyed them to varying degrees. His short story collections are incredible too. But he completely lost me with ...more
Dan
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Adam Nevill's THE REDDENING is an extremely well-written bit of folk-horror, but, in the end, it falls victim to its own tropes. If you've seen/read even a little folk-horror, you'll know pretty much where this is headed, who is in on it, and how it will pretty much play out. That said, I was really enjoying the build-up for a while, until I realized that there was quite a bit of build-up. This is a LONG book, and a little bit of this went a long way. You could probably cut a few hundred pages ...more
Latasha
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, horror
Yay! i love reading Adam Nevill cause his stuff actually scares me! From the very start of this one, the mood is bleak and foreboding. That sense of dread continues through this whole book. You just know something bad is going to happen. It could be on the next page or in the next chapter but it's there. There's archaeology, crazy cults & rituals, and lots more to scare you in this book. I really, really liked the ending. i won't spoil it but it's good!
 Reading Divergence
I've developed quite a predilection for British folk horror as evinced by authors Jasper Bark, Sarah England, Adam Nevill, Sarah Rayne, and others. There's something immensely appealing about countrysides with millenia of continuous history preceded by multiple millennia of prehistory; land where the past (in THE REDDENING, literally) coexists with the contemporaneous.


There are so many threads in this horror novel that I hesitate to try to compose a summary. Instead I will just emphasize the
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Rachel Bea
"What was done in there, in that dark, horrible place, should have stayed buried. And no good will come of them digging up any more of what's down there."

The Reddening takes a little time – it’s worth the wait – to focus on two women, Kat and Helene, who each have their own reasons to be drawn to the Devon coast and to its newly discovered caves. It is in these caves where early humans engaged in disturbing, violent rituals. But it’s clear from the beginning of the book that such ritualized
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Matthew Hull
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily his best yet. His most disturbing, interesting and engaging with a brilliantly creepy history to the evil that comes for the characters. Slow burn horror gives way to fast paced terror and a pretty epic conclusion
Gavin
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adam Nevill is simply a word magician. His prose triggers my minds eye like few others.

A stunning story set along the gorgeous English South Coast this book should feature on many a year end 'best of' list.

Go into this book knowing no more than the blurb/synopsis reveals and you'll be utterly captivated by Nevill's pitch perfect plotting.

The Chapters that alternate between the two female leads are some of the best examples of pacing/plotting I've read in a long while.

The Reddening is initially a
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Charlotte Munro
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, creepy, dark and with a Lovecraftian air. THE REDDENING by Adam Nevill has left me reeling.
Set in Devon, the backdrop is a perfect air of mystery and grey, crumbling old farmhouses and abandoned-esque jones. You’re lost in the pages, suffocatingly barren in the deep, dark caves below and the inky black, numbing waters of the icy May sea.
The Reddening is a dark, sinister folklore tale, through the mad, white eyes of the Red Folk, we see just how macabre and gruesome the means they go
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Matthew Barbeler
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Reddening is the third of Adam Nevill’s novels I’ve read. It is a brutal, dreadful march through the countryside of Devon in the United Kingdom, where the location is as much of an integral character as the human characters.

Kat, a journalist approaching middle age, and Helene, a single mum are front and centre, standing at the font of the bloodbath. But the characters that move around them in the maelstrom of foreboding and forgotten song are just as compelling. Matt, the paraglider. Steve,
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Gerhard
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his fascinating ‘Story Notes’ at the end of this spectacular novel, Adam Nevill talks about “pure horror of the most sublime type, that involves equal parts terror and wonder.” He understands intuitively that dread and curiosity go hand in hand. Thus, while Nevill’s hapless protagonists are subjected to the most horrific events in The Reddening, the reader is compelled to turn the page. And the next.

While Lost Girl and Under A Watchful Eye were both set in South Devon, where Nevill actually
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, autographed
From the writer of The Ritual comes another folk horror masterpiece—one that will paint your mind red and leave you wondering.

"Let what is so great fill red. Let the walls and the air be red. Let the earth soak red and the sky be red. Let us be blessed in the red. We are red. This, our reddening."

This story centers on a strange cave with prehistoric artifacts that's been discovered in a remote English seaside town. Helene's brother made some unusual recordings in the area before disappearing,
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Dale Robertson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good. In fact, really REALLY good.

Adam's writing is so great, you can picture yourself in each situation with the characters. Which makes the book terrifying.

I got sucked into this world so much, i read every single chance i got to see what was going to happen next. Even if was only for a few mins at a time.

Claustrophobic, tense, creepy, gruesome, heartbreaking - only a few words to describe The Reddening. Oh, and that cover...fantastic!

Fan of horror? Do yourself a favour and check
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S.J. Budd
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!!!
Venus Maneater
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow I'm actually pretty pleased with this ending! There is zero urge to return to this world, this story - but I feel absolutely satisfied.

Also; I had so much fun while reading this book!
It unveiled in a way that I did not expect but loved. It challenged me when it came to my expectations when it comes to certain genres and their tropes. Tribal chanting and human sacrifices on the cold English coast?? It works!!

By not just describing the visuals of the gory acts, but also making a point of
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Tina
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Reddening is by far the best horror I've read this year, hands down. The story gets going and never slows down, transporting the reader into a blood red world of violence and terrifying darkness. If you're starving for great, well crafted, nightmare inducing horror, this is the novel for you.
Paul
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a quiet corner of the English coast, a grisly discovery has been unearthed. Evidence of a cannibal tribe from thousands of years in the past has been uncovered. How does this tie in with a rise in missing persons in the area? Who or what are the mysterious ‘red folk’ and what do they want?

Kat has walked away from her job, her home and her partner. The trials and tribulations of living in London have worn down her spirit. Moving to the coast and starting again seems, at least on the face of
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Nichola
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a brutal outstanding read!

"Let what is so great fill red. Let the walls and the air be red. Let the earth soak red and the sky be red. Let us be blessed in the red. We are red. This, our reddening."

The Reddening being my second Adam Nevill novel, now is it safe to say he's one of my favourite authors ever?

Once again Adam has executed yet another terrifying story that I have never been the same since finishing. I told myself when this book arrived, I would read it the same day, and I did. I
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John Lynch
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Reddening served as my introduction to the work of Adam Nevill. That being said, I hadn’t even finished the book before buying 3 more of his novels, it’s that good.

An ancient cave network dating back to prehistoric times is discovered. Within the network of caves, evidence of cannibalism and barbaric sacrifices occurring throughout history are uncovered. While covering the dig site for a local magazine, Kat meets up with a woman named Helene who has not come to grips with her brother’s
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David Jordan
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cosmic horror and mystery with visceral, sweaty claustrophobic terror. Strong recommend if you're looking for new horror, but you love Machen.

Reminded me a bit of Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls" with the discovery of eons of cannibalism.
Tony Willows character reminds me of prog-rocker dude from the movie "Mandy."
Robert
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent horror novel from Adam Nevill. Nevill is one of, if not the best around today. He is certainly my favorite.

The Reddening has more of a Lovecraftian feel than his other books, and despite the familiar two-part structure, there is far more cohesion between each section. This makes for a more straightforward tale and may come as a bit of a surprise for his regular readers.

The natural world plays a large part in the story and the Devon coast is an excellent setting. Full of caves,
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Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the horror novels: 'Banquet for the Damned', 'Apartment 16', 'The Ritual', 'Last Days', 'House of Small Shadows', 'No One Gets Out Alive', 'Lost Girl', 'Under a Watchful Eye' and 'The Reddening'. His first short story collection, 'Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors', was ...more
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“But they’re not all the same, the things in that black place. There’s something much bigger than the red people. It has a dark face . . . And there’s these white things, like big rats . . . They all walk like them little dogs you see in a circus, on their back legs, but they’re bigger than bears. Devils. It’s like I’m dreaming of devils.” 0 likes
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