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Sweetheart, Sweetheart

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  403 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
DARK FOREBODINGS.

All should have been well for Colin and his English bride -- but his twin brother, David, sensed trouble. Growing obsessed, David made his way to England to calm his fears -- instead he found an...

UNBOUNDED HELL.

Colin and his wife were dead -- victims of ghastly violence. Their seemingly serene cottage seethed with an aura of murder, madness, and betrayal.
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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Leisure Books (first published 1977)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, horror
”They say the dead die not, but remain
Near to the rich heirs of their grief and mirth.
‘Clouds”---Rupert Brooke.


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David Warwick starts to feel strange. His twin, Colin, has recently written to inform him that he is blissfully married and in the process of moving to a beautiful cottage in the English countryside.

Why does David feel so strange?

Something tells him that he has to go home. The pain in his head and the rising anxiety levels are driving him back to England. His girlfriend, Shelagh, is
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Char

I loved this book so freaking much! So. Freaking. Much.
 
Sweetheart, Sweetheart was originally published back in the late 70's. It was brought back by Leisure Books in the 90's and has now been brought back again by Valancourt Books. (Perhaps you've heard me talk about them in the past?) This edition has a new, kickass cover and an even more kickass introduction from the lovely Michael Rowe. (A fantastic author of the macabre in his own right.)
 
The intro was more of a love letter to the story and
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mark monday
By the pricking of my thumbs,
something wicked this way comes.


Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a classy ghost story about a haunted cottage in the rural english countryside. new tenants, a history of violence and death, you know the drill. it features restrained and elegant writing, some wonderfully atmospheric descriptive passages, an assortment of clever hints and clues, and a perfectly accomplished first person narrative from a very intriguingly developed protagonist. there is an eerie, almost free-f
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Bark
4 1/2 Stars

David has an ominous feeling that his twin brother Colin is in serious danger so he leaves the US and heads off to England to see what’s what. He discovers terrible things have indeed occurred. As he attempts to figure out exactly what has happened, he finds himself residing temporarily in Colin’s gorgeous cabin and meeting some interesting characters along the way who clue him in on Colin, Colin’s wife and the home’s ominous past. He is left to ferret out the rest of the secrets on h
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Carol
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Charlene
4.5 Stars!

"Take a candle with you - - - you'll need the light, because what's waiting for you in the darkness doesn't want to leave. Ever." (Michael Rowe)

Sweetheart, Sweetheart begins as an innocent, but engrossing "who dun-nit" mystery that slowly turns threatening....and deadly with an evil apparition exhibiting loads of guile.

This classic-style ghost story, first published in 1977, appears to be a "sleeper" on GR so DO NOT miss out! While not super scary (for me) or filled with blood and go

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Kimberly
This is the third book I've read by Bernard Taylor, and he continues to impress me.

Taylor's writing is full of suspense and an "unspecified" terror that just continues to build relentlessly throughout the entire novel. I can honestly say that I felt the tension never let up! This was one of those stories that you simply CAN'T stop yourself from reading, once it hooks you.

His words are beautifully chilling--an "old-style" ghost story that keeps you guessing until the final, jaw-dropping chapters.
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Jonathan Janz
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For the love of all that's holy, why have I never read this book before, and why is Bernard Taylor not a household name? I'm absurdly wary when trying out a new author--ironic for a fairly new author himself, I know--and without several trusted recommendations, I won't take the plunge. Life is too short to read bad books.

But SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART is a *glorious* book. A nasty, spine-tingling, elegant, insomnia-inducing, beautiful, ghastly book. If you appreciate great writing and intricate plo
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BrokenTune
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The smell of roses was so strong.

For 95% of the book, this was an enjoyable, suspenseful story about David who returns to England from New York to find out what happened to his twin brother.

I didn't like David, and some of the suspenseful descriptions were overdone a bit, but most of the book was a good story.

And then Taylor spoiled the book for me with an onslaught of gratuitous violence and something that I can only describe as a gore-storm.

Not for me.
Sheila
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This is a fabulous ghost story! (Warnings for two violent animal deaths.)

This book is about a picture-perfect English cottage--crumbling stone walls, a flourishing rose garden, a cozy, antique-filled interior--that happens to be a place where terrifying things keep happening. What I love about this book is how the story keeps twisting. I was pretty sure I knew what was going on at the 50% mark--but then the story changed, and then changed AGAIN after I thought I had my bearings. I rea
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Maxine Marsh

This book was great. The third Bernard Taylor horror novel I've read this year and all three from the wonderful Valancourt! This is probably my favorite of the trio.

This is a haunted house tale, a mystery, a tale of heartbreak and loss. The main character, David, is a twin, rejected by his father, homeless in a way, a bit of a coward, desperate for love. He returns to England to find that his brother is dead and he's inherited a lovely country cottage with a dark history. Cue a relentless buildi
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Tom Mathews
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tom by: Char
This is easily one of the best haunted house stories I have ever read. It is chock full of 'Don't do that!' moments from start to finish. Truly terrifying.

My thanks to Char and the folks at the Horror Aficionados group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books.
Karl
This hardcover edition is numbered 40 of 250 copies produced and is signed by:

Bernard Taylor
Charles L. Grant (facsimile signature)
Lisa Desimini
Jon Recluse
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, ghost-stories
A brilliant example of how a ghost story should be written. Slow growing menace and an ending you won't see coming place this novel beside The Woman in Black and Haunted. A tapestry of secrets hides an ugly truth within an idyllic English cottage...undying love is the deadliest emotion. Highly recommended.
Rob Twinem
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how horror should be written! wonderful stuff Mr Taylor....

I have a confession to make, I was never aware of Bernard Taylor, horror author, until recently that was until I was introduced to his 1977 ghost story, Sweetheart Sweetheart which I understand was chosen by Charles L Grant as one of the 100 best horror novels. The 1970’s saw the emergence and growth of King, Koontz and Herbert with their astounding debuts of Carrie, The Rats and Demon Child (Koontz writing as Deanna Dwyer and t
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aPriL does feral sometimes
'Sweetheart, Sweetheart' is a TERRIFYING story!!!!! Well-written, atmospheric, and extremely scary!

Published in 1977, many fans of horror fiction consider this novel a classic, and I can see why. It reminded me a little of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James because of how the book begins(view spoiler) a ghost haunting the owners of a lovely
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Rebecca McNutt
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This freaky and eerie vintage paperback is shrouded in mystery, horror and the paranormal, with one grief-stricken man trying to find out who - or what - exactly, killed his brother and his brother's wife, too. Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a great story, really creepy and unforgettable.
Bill
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what took me so long to read Bernard Taylor, but evidently, I have been missing out. This is a great example of 1970’s old school atmospheric horror. The building dread and tension are palpable in this one as long buried secrets are slowly revealed, leading up to the appropriately twisted conclusion. A very well written, dark and brooding, ghost story/murder mystery.

A Solid 4+ Stars. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
11811 (Eleven)
Roughly 40 years old and considered a classic by many, this was more of a quiet horror relying on atmospheric chills rather than sledgehammer to the back of the skull shocks. Friend reviews left me with high expectations and while I did enjoy it, it wasn't quite on par with other ghost stories from that era like The Shining and Hell House. Still, it was pleasantly unsettling enough to be worth checking out. 3.5 stars rounded up because the prose was outstanding.

I received a free copy from audiob
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Addy
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most maddening books I've ever read, of course, I've never been good at solving things. Well worth every ounce of misery!
Latasha
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lendable
A wonderful ghost story.
Leah Polcar
I am loving Valancourt's republishing of these older horror novels. Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a classic, slow-building ghost story. David returns to England to visit his twin brother and realizes his brother has been involved in something bizarre and tragic. As he stays in his brother's (and his sister-in-law's) cozy cottage in some small English village, he comes to feel that not is as seemingly welcoming and placid as he initially believed. I shan't say more lest I give away the plot, but cree ...more
Rob Twinem
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make, I was never aware of Bernard Taylor, horror author, until recently that was until I was introduced to his 1977 ghost story, Sweetheart Sweetheart which I understand was chosen by Charles L Grant as one of the 100 best horror novels. The 1970’s saw the emergence and growth of King, Koontz and Herbert with their astounding debuts of Carrie, The Rats and Demon Child (Koontz writing as Deanna Dwyer and this was really his first attempt at Gothic style horror) and yet Ber ...more
Ctgt
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't see the sun right now; there's an angel in the way.

Is that a great first line or what?
A slow burn, atmospheric ghost story right up there with the best of them.
David has this gnawing feeling that he needs to see his twin. He returns to England and the village where his brother has been living with his new wife only to discover a shocking revelation. What starts as a mystery slowly turns into something else as David struggles to unravel what has happened. Using the setting of an insular
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Kylie
This is a beautifully written and subtle slow burn ghost story. Gradually the discomfort and odd atmosphere builds stronger and stronger in each part, until the third part is extremely sinister and violent.

I will be looking out for more of Taylor's work in future.
Kimberly
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5
Jim Lay
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gothic, quiet, romantic, compelling, tragic, beautiful, harrowing, and terrifying.
Peter
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book that I have read by Bernard Taylor. Sweetheart, Sweetheart, is the best one so far. Originally published in 1979, this bone chilling ghost story holds it own through time. David lives in New York with his girlfriend Shelaghi. David has a twin brother name Colin, who lives in Hillingdon, England. David believes that his brother is in grave danger. He decides to travel to England on a gut feeling to make sure everything is alright. Upon his arrival, David discover that his bro ...more
Kimberly
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I've read by Bernard Taylor, and he continues to impress me.

Taylor's writing is full of suspense and an "unspecified" terror that just continues to build relentlessly throughout the entire novel. I can honestly say that I felt the tension never let up! This was one of those stories that you simply CAN'T stop yourself from reading, once it hooks you.

His words are beautifully chilling--an "old-style" ghost story that keeps you guessing until the final, jaw-dropping chapters.
...more
Matthew Bielawa
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic ghost story! Why have I not read this before?! I just love Bernard Taylor's writing style; it was tough to put the book down. (I know that folks often say that, but I seriously found it difficult to stop reading. On a number of occasions, I put the book down and turned off the light...only to jump back up, turn the light back on and start reading again!)




Taylor, in both his description and dialogues, builds such a beautifully eerie atmosphere and growing suspense. I love how I fe
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Bernard Taylor was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, and now lives in London. Following active service in Egypt in the Royal Air Force, he studied Fine Arts in Swindon, then at Chelsea School of Art and Birmingham University. On graduation he worked as a teacher, painter and book illustrator before going as a teacher to the United States. While there, he took up acting and writing and continued with bot ...more
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