Night After Night

  • by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Seán Barrett
  • 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leo Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. But as the head of an independent production company, he does believe in high-impact TV. Defford hires journalist Grayle Underhill to research the history of Knap Hall, a one-time Tudor farmhouse that became the ultimate luxury guest house...until tragedy put it back on the market.
Its recent history isn't conducive to a quick sale, but Defford isn't interested in keeping Knap Hall for longer than it takes to make a reality TV show that will run night after night. A house isolated by its rural situation and its dark reputation. Seven people, nationally known, but strangers to one another, locked inside. But this time Big Brother may not be in control.


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Big Brother in a haunted house, or Big Other

Big Brother in a haunted house, or Big Other as the show runner named it. If this is your first book by Phil Rickman then I would suggest going back and reading the first two books he previous wrote under the name Wil Kingdom that tell the backstory of a few of the characters. However, I think you could enjoy this story without having read the first two.

Grayle is a journalist with a background of a column she wrote in the US about various areas of spirituality, especially of the New Age sort and having worked to keep afloat a magazine in Great Britain owned by Marcus Bactin called The Phenomologist. When this story opens, the wonderfully grumpy Marcus has given up his magazine and is now writing his magnum opus, a book on the supernatural. Grayle is working as a stringer for a struggling regional press service. When she is offered a job as a research for a Big Brother like program to be set in a haunted house it appears to be the answer to everyone's prayers except hers.

Grayle yearns for journalistic credibility, which it seems that being a researcher for the Big Other is not going to grant her. The original center of the story is a house owned by the remaining member of a celebrity couple and that was once offered as a very upscale hotel where the guests paid to be cosseted in a Tudor atmosphere without the Tudor discomfort. Add the story of one of Henry VIII's wives, a Welsh cross-dressing shaman and ventriloquist, a group of (mainly) has been celebrities and the story is set up for another really good story by Phil Rickman.

As for the narration-- ok Sean Barrett is no Emma Powell (the narrator of the Merrily Watkins books) but he has almost toned out all of the original New Jersey accent he gave poor Grayle in the first book-- seriously, she's a daughter of New York intelligentsia, not from the Jersey Shore. I do like his voicing of the other characters though and would look forward to more books in this series.

So what happened to Bobby Maiden, the policeman who had a central role in the two earlier book? He isn't here at all although there are a couple of references..
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- Sires "I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy."

Not good!

What would have made Night After Night better?

It was hard to follow. Lots of side story lines. Just didn't like it. Some of the accents were hard to understand.

What do you think your next listen will be?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not many!

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- Kimberly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2015
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd