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The Absence

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Superb gothic storytelling takes readers on a terrifying journey into the mythic past, as a present-day family finds itself the subject of an unrelenting evil going back centuries

It was a tragic accident. That's what his family told Joe Nightingale, but the boy is tormented by sinister visions of his mother's death. Seven months after the fatal car crash, the Nightingales
Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Beautiful Books (first published April 23rd 2009)
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Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was one the best horror novels I've read in years.

The flawed characters are explored and drawn exceptionally well which is something I find lacking in most modern horror tales and the reason I find most of them ho-hum. These teens and their dad have some major tragedy and guilt weighing them down and it is very believably written. You can feel tension in every exchange as well as the pain and raw emotion behind it.

When the three head out to the old secluded millhouse to reconnect you j
Geoff Battle
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
If I had a penny for every horror book about an evil spirit in the form of a female child with long hair (no spoilers) I would be far better off. Hussey's tale has a few scenes which will make your skin crawl, however 'The Absence' is a story everyone has read before. The family which the plot centres around discover an unknown family history, an approach favoured by John Saul, although the literary style here is quite different. The chracters are well described and the 'extra characters' are no ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
A good read for a dark evening. Not particularly scary, but well written and with some pace.

Niggles: 1) I did not enjoy the teen romance and really found it quite an irritating interruption of the narrative. At the end it is of course revealed why the girlfriend needed to make an appearance, but that did not make her presence in the narrative less irritating.
2) I found it very difficult to feel much sympathy for any of the characters. They all had so many issues and dark sides that I really did
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
An okay thriller. The Absence told the story of a very dysfunctional family and how each family member's guilt played into an ancient and evil presence at an old mill house in the Fens of England. I would give this one a marginal recommendation although I thought the story was a little long-winded and overplayed its premise of the absence. The novel reminded me somewhat of James Herbert's horror stories although I enjoyed Herbert's novels much more.
Michelle Eames
Mar 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the second tine I have tried to read this. I had no recollection until the travelling salesman chapter. That's were I stopped. I am sure that particular chapter has been in another book because It was strange I couldn't even begin to remember the rest of the book yet remembered that chapter almost word for word.
Stu Hodgkiss
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best modern horror I have read for years . Not particularly scary but genuinely creepy - almost every chapter gives at least one shudder of the spine . Couldn't recommend highly enough . Everything a horror novel should be
Kevin Lucia
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
THIS is good stuff. Worth discovering!
Oct 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I thought this was more 'weird' than horror.
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