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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,694 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator, but like no other that has gone before him. He carries a secret about himself to which not even he has the answer . . .

He is hired to find a missing baby. One that was taken away at birth . . . Or was it?

His investigation takes him to a mysteriously located place called Perfect Rest. It is supposed to be a
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Published July 7th 2000 by Pan Books (first published April 9th 1999)
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Upon his death a movie star handsome man jumps at the chance when offered another life to redeem himself from living such a selfish and vain life. He will have no memory of his current life and will return horribly disfigured.

As the story unravels the purpose behind his deformities become relevant and he must do whatever he can to stop the gruesom horror that he uncovers.

A good thriller with a original story.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
This is my second novel by James Herbert, and I'm proud to say this one gave me a nightmare. Why am I proud to say this? I read a lot of Koontz and King and love a good thriller and naturally enjoy a bit of a fright! It's hard for a writer to make the reader 'jump' or 'get the creeps' and for me it's the mark of a great author and an excellent book! It certainly gets the adrenalin pumping and the mind racing into the wee hours.

It follows that there is a skill in making a reader cry b
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm liking James Herbert more and more the more I read him. This book was a powerhouse and not just by sheer volume. It was creative, well written and (as the author intended accodring to his afterword) very very disturbing. The book starts off with a fascinating premise, then progresses as a detective story with a very original and atypical protagonist, it does have some supernatural moments, but the geniune horror of the plot comes from the evil that men can do. The finale stretched out over t ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another James Herbert re-read (I've re-read a few this year as it's been several...ahem...many years since I first discovered his horror books and devoured the lot) and this was very enjoyable.
What a fantastic story teller he is...and his brand of horror is pretty shocking and unique.
He always likes to bring in a bit of religion and a bit of sexual it's not for everyone!

I don't read much horror these days and I'm not sure why. James Herbert got me back into
Janie Johnson
My friend and I decided to read this book together after reading the synopsis. It sounded like it would be a dark and disturbing read. Well that it was, among other things. Although I did enjoy it, I did not love it.

Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator, but like no other that has gone before him. He carries a secret about himself to which not even he has the answer . . .

He is hired to find a missing baby. One that was taken away at birth . . . Or was it?

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Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
James Herbert goes from strength to strength with this complex, deeply absorbing, realistic and gripping tale which is parts supernatural horror, part mystery, part thriller, all pretty sick. It’s very well written and certainly has the edge over recent books by Stephen King I’ve read.

This is not to say that the story is flawless; far from it. Herbert uses a distinctive style which will be off-putting to some readers : the slow-burn. The first two thirds of the book is extremely slowly paced, v
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book= horrifying, sad, funny, poignant, mysterious. Wow I really like Nicholas Dismas. I wish there were more featuring this character.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
ok. im going to be totally unfair in this review. see, i have this extra karma chip of "free unfairness" that's expiring soon, so i have to use it, like right now. because....(spoiler alert)....


FREAKIN' PORN????!!!!!

ok that felt totally good to scream, perhaps i should have not done it at work, ah well...but seriously. SERIOUSLY. the nazi-ish doctor bought and engineered (shocker) severely (and almost x-men-y) deformed creatures/people not for like a sup
Jon Recluse
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
An exploration into the depths of human depravity, where science crosses into sadism, in a world where broken souls in twisted flesh struggle along the path of pain towards the brass ring of redemption and peace.
A novel of unparalleled emotional power, this one will leave even the most jaded heart shaken to it's core.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ugh...considering not bothering to finish this book. I'm almost halfway through and the plot hasn't even begun to show itself in any form. The main character is a deformed hunchback private investigator, which is pretty cool, but the author likes to mention his deformities and shame as often as possible. This could definitely be an interesting avenue to go down, but it's totally ham-fisted here, as are the constant drug's just awkward, like listening to your parents joke about "s ...more
Jammin Jenny
I loved this book! It is very dark and disturbing, but totally worth the read. Echoes of Dr. Moreau in the story line. James Herbert is becoming one of my favorite authors very quickly.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
So even though I am a HUGE horror fan, this was my first James Herbert I believe. I did enjoy the way he wrote, I think he has a deft skill in providing the situation and characters in a detailed way. However he is somewhat clumsy in structure and the book was needlessly long. Saying that I did enjoy it, even if it started to take a troubling path towards the end.

One particular element I can pick out to say was decent about the story was his involvement of Brighton. I did live there a while bac
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Truly disturbing novel from Herbert! I've read a few others by Herbert and they have all been pretty good horror/thriller novels but he exceeded himself with this one. It tells the story of the redemption of Nicholas Dismas, a private investigator with a deformed body who describes himself as a monster. A client hires him to locate her missing son that she thought died during childbirth. At first, Dismas goes through the motions of an investigation but does not believe there is any chance of suc ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
To start off, Nick Dismas is one of the most unique characters I have come across. **if you haven't read this, I'm not going to add anymore**
What starts out looking like a mystery in a search of a missing son for a client...turns into anything but. What Dis finds in an upscale nursing home, is unimaginable. This is a creepy, disgusting and sad story rolled in to one. What made it even more of a creepy story, was Mr. Herbert's end note. Based on a true incident years ago in London.
Bev Taylor
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
dis runs a pi agency with 3 colleagues. he is quite successful but physically he is what one would normally call a freak

a lawyer friend refers a woman to him who wishes to locate her son. there is one problem - she was told he was dead at birth but she thinks otherwise. there r no records of a birth or death certificate and the hospital has burnt down

louise, a physic, comes on the scene who can hear the words of people living and he thoughts of those who r dead. this leads dis into a world of
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
As an avid reader of James Herbert novels, I opened the pages of Others with tangible excitement. I knew that I was likely in for a dark and disturbing nightmare of a read; and that is precisely what I got.

Some of the scenes were particularly ghoulish or violent, which is exactly what I like in my books. Call me morbid if you will, I don't mind one bit. The 'haunting' scenes were especially creepy and left me feeling a wee bit edgy!

Overall a solid 4 star read and would highly recommend to anyo
May 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
Awful, dont know why i bothered to finish it! The book is about a disfigured private detective looking for a presumed dead baby taken at birth from its mother. The investigation leads him to a Rest Home, where a mad doctor is experimenting on severely disabled children and a woman who becomes a love interest for the main character. At best, i'd say i think James Herbert was smoking something dodgy when writing this book! Its wacky!
Sep 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
The best thing about the book was that I managed to finish it. But this is probably due to the fact that I veeeeery rarely put books aside. 'Others' was not a rewarding read - it was to much of a mix-up of good things and horrible things (in the literary sense). But the bad sides prevailed - to many cliches, to many mundane monologues...

I do not recommend it - it would be 3/10
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Truly horrifying tale.. I don't know if "like" is the right thing to say.
Julie Kellner
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is one of my least favourite James Herbert books. The premise of the story uplifting. After all don't we all want to meet our love ones again?
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I was quite disappointed with this book, as I really love James Herbert he is such a talented author and I really loved the main character, but the book was just not my thing :(
Emma-Jane Goode
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. One of James Herbert's best!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went on a business trip a couple of weeks back and had marked out two books to read in the downtime (aka, the trip to/from the hotel and winding down times in said hotel) and the first one, Blackburn's Burn the House Down I read in basically the first 24 hours and this one, Herbert's The Others took me...three weeks. Now, admittedly, I am a librarian at a university and we are coming up to the increasingly busy end of the Spring semester (with events, finals, and whatnot) and so my ability to relax has ...more
Jeffrey W Brigham
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and fast read. There is a lot of good stuff to be found in this novel for the horror enthusiast. The 1932 movie 'Freaks' comes to mind. Frankenstein. Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Note: This is not the book that Nicole Kidman's movie 'The Others' was based on. It's a completely different thing, thankfully.

The story follows a physically deformed fellow (hunchback) who has the soul of a man who has been put back on earth following a short stay in hell in order to r
Maura Heaphy Dutton
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
From the opening pages, I thought I was on to a winner here: the prologue was a witty take on a damned soul in Hell, visited by two clueless angels who make him an offer he can't refuse. The narrator's anxiety to please his celestial guests (and not blow his last best chance to get out of Hell) is very funny.

And then ... and then .... Sadly, it seemed to me that Herbert was trying 'way too hard: "clever" asides, reminders in every paragraph that the narrator (unaware, except in inexplicable fla
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well ... What a weird book.
I read it all and was entertained most of the time, but I can't help thinking this story was the result of the author patching up together several different ideas and unfinished/aborted projects.
It's a rather surprising mixture of genres, and it also feels like it was meant for different audiences.

So be prepared : you'll get awfully graphic horror scenes AND cheesy romantic meetings, snarky "noir" humor AND endless whiny rants about the harshness of
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very dark look at human nature and its fascination with all things that are not "normal". It stars a very unlikely hero in the form of Nick Dismas. We follow Dis as he tries to track down a "missing baby". His quest takes him to some pretty low levels of human society. There is also a supernatural element to all of this (wouldn't be a James Herbet novel without a ghost feature).
I enjoyed this book a great deal
AslanClaw (Kirsten)
This book is about a chance for a soul to redeem itself in the form of a disfigured detective. There were parts of this book that pulled me in and parts where was taken back by the creativity of the author. Although the majority of the last 3/4 of the book were a challenge for me to read through. The plot slowed down and the number of pages it took for the next scene to enfold lengthened. I do love the plot idea of the author but I very much struggled to stay interested in this book and as a res ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed this book!

I used to read a lot and after barely reading for two years i'm really surprised at how quickly i went through this. James Hebert is an author that I love reading from, his words make me travel somewhere else.
I thought the concept of this book was really interesting and went in whithout knowing anything about it except the author. I was pleasently surprised and had no idea of how things would evolve.

Would definitely recommend!
Evans Stockman
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
It is one of the best...i personally like the way the story is developed with no unnecessary suspense,good stimulating vocabularies wich forms horror pictures in my Mind.i cant just stomach how the writer describes himself constantly pointing out to his grotesque look-a monster,really?The whole world should read this......
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James Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.

He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million