David Warwick, an Englishman living in New York, has a sudden premonition that his twin brother, Colin, is in danger. He returns to England and learns the shocking truth: both Colin and his young bride Helen have died ghastly deaths - deaths that no one in the village wants to talk about.
Now David has inherited his brother's home, Gerrard's Hill Cottage, a lovely house with a lush garden that seems to promise peace and comfort to all who dwell there. But as David tries to unearth the facts of what really happened to his brother and his wife, he has no idea of the horror and evil that surround him or the terrible fate that may be in store.
A chilling story that builds slowly and inexorably towards its shocking climax, Bernard Taylor's Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977) has been recognized as one of the finest horror novels ever written. This edition features a new introduction by Michael Rowe.
"My favorite ghost story...at once manages to be both moving and extremely unsettling...there isn't anything that beats it." (Charles L. Grant)
"Ingenious and well-crafted - a most satisfying chiller!" (Grand Rapids Press)
"A slow-burning, invisibly seductive ghost story." (Kirkus Reviews)
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“Sweetheart, Sweetheart” is a ghost story between twin brothers that takes place in the English countryside. Familial resentments along with a few sudden deaths compels David to investigate further. I found this tale to be interesting but not as spooky or compelling as I like my ghost stories to be. It was a nice listen but it didn’t really have that “ghost story” feel to it, it wasn’t as creepy as I prefer it. I’d say more than half of the ghostly encounters are of the sexual variety and I need a lot more scares before I can buy into that kind of haunting. Outside of the ghost stuff, it’s an interesting story about two couples, one alive and one dead, and their struggles to get along and get by. I would recommend the book to people who are interested in a story about brothers, rather than a ghost story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.
The best horror novel I ever heard!
Dark creepy epic
It is like Poe on steroids, it has every aspect of horror done perfectly - unreliable narrator, tragic back story, building terror and fright, everything.
This was the best book narration I ever heard, it was like a movie in my mind. There wasn't a flaw in the inner life of David Warwick as narrated by Matt Godfrey. His acting skills are way beyond ordinary narration, he made every aspect of this creepy story come alive. If I could have given his performance more than five stars I would have.
I did, but on the other hand I wanted it to never end. The best listening experience I have had in years.
I will listen to this audio book more than once, there aren't many books I can say that about.