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3.40  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  10 reviews
On the brink of a breakdown, two years after the death of his fiance, Jim Hawkes quits his high-powered job in the City to rent a cottage in the Devonshire countryside seeking some well-needed rest. But Slyford St James is far from the peaceful haven Jim was hoping for. Almost immediately he is plagued by strange occurrences: a combination lock that won't open, loud noises ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: March 19th 2020 by Allison & Busby
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Xavier Hugonet
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Evil Within is a murder mystery wrapped into a ghost story.

Two years after the death of his fiancée, for which he feels guilt, Jim Hawkes has a sudden breakdown, leaves his job in the middle of a meeting, and moves from London to a cottage in the little village of Slyford St James, in the Devonshire.

Before he’s even finished unpacking, Jim Hawkes is witness to supernatural occurrences, the main one being the appearance of a little girl in red, Krystal, whom he learns died in the house he
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Crystal Hiatt
The town of Slyford St James is an isolated, forlorn places shrouded in a thick layer of swirling mist.
This parallels with Jim Hawkes' mental state. His mind in a constant fog, he is confused and uncertain about his own stability. Is he indeed having a breakdown or is something supernatural at play?

This is an interesting take on the traditional ghost story. The first half of this book was so good! It was atmospheric and creepy, there was a sense of foreboding as unusual characters were
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Jen
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting take on a ghost story. It focuses on Jim, whose fiancee died a couple years back and who lost his high powered job after. He decides to leave London and move to the countryside for a while so he can regroup. The cottage he rents seems to be haunted, and he makes friends with a couple other folks in the village, Jed and Emma, who seem to also be able to see/interact with ghosts.

The story here was decent, with some truly scary scenes, but does require the reader to be able
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George1st
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the book there is an acerbic remark about how the murder rate in the little villages featured in the television series Midsomer Murder is so much higher then the national average. Well I suppose the same can now be said about Slyford St James the ostensibly sleepy Devon village which is the scene of this supernatural mystery thriller. Jim Hawkes is expecting to find some peace and quiet after leaving his shattered life behind in London to rent a picturesque country cottage. Little does he ...more
Hannelore Cheney
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Allison & Busby for the eARC.
Jim Hawkes lost his fiancee 2 years ago and hasn't gotten over it. Plagued by terrible nightmares he leaves his job in London to recuperate in a cottage in a small village, planning to rest and get his equilibrium back. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan. There are strange noises in his attic, he sees a little girl who was killed and has a strange voice in his head saying some frightening things. He wonders if he's going mad. He makes
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Jane(Janelba)
This was an eARC from NetGalley and Alison & Busby in exchange for an honest review.
This is a sort of ghost story with a twist.
The main character Jim Hawkes was bereaved two years previously and decides to change his life and leaves his job and London and rents a cottage near the village of Slyford St James in Devon. There was an accident involving the family of the house he is renting which resulted in the death of their daughter. Jim moves to the cottage to relax and refocus but becomes
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Harim (The Reader Blog)
Alright.

Let's give credit where credit is due.

This was really well written, despite having read endless stories of this premise, watched countless shows, the creepy factor and the scary ghost factor in this story still pleased me.

But sadly along the way I kinda lost interest.

BUT..
I enjoyed it.
Jim needed a break from him sorrows and his soul sucking job, but what he doesn't know is that where he's running off to find solace may as well become a nightmare for him.
Maudaevee
Dec 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
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This book had all the elements I enjoy in a story but I didn't like it. I think my main problem was with the main character Jim and his internal dialogue, it was too repetitive and angsty, dragging the pace of the book to a slog. Most of Jim's thoughts could have been cut out and this would of been a better story.

As it was though I was being beat over the head with the details, I don't need them repeated every few pages, I got it the first time.
DeAnna
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book and did not want to put it down! It’s a ghostly who done it that is just so much fun! Can’t wait to read more from this author.
**Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Liz Kirchhoff
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Creepy and atmospheric with a good mystery. I liked it, but hated the twist at the end.
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