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There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family.
But all is not well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall....
©2006 James Herbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Hope on 11-24-12

The SECRETS of Crickley Hall

The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By karen on 12-07-13

Great old-fashioned ghost story

I don't seek out ghost stories too often -- nothing ever seems to equal Susan Hills's "The Woman in Black" -- the audiobook, not the film. Ghost stores just don't get any better than that. But this one comes close. I'm not sure why I decided to take a chance on it, but I like creepy old houses, especially if a ghost or two might linger, so that was probably it.

Glad I did -- I should have known this would be good. James Herbert also wrote "The Fog" and I remember reading that decades ago, and afterward, that book came to mind every single day when the tule fog overtook the Sacramento Valley and I had to navigate around in it. That's a seriously frightening book, too.

"Secrets" also has none of the things I don't like in a scary story, which is to say, I don't like stories that merge into science fiction. These are actual ghosts in this book -- real ghosts -- ha! -- not alien creatures or dragons or man-made monsters, or any of that sort of thing.

There are truly creepy moments aplenty -- although why people who are already unnerved by odd happenings decide to explore the basement is always beyond me, although I suppose if they didn't, there wouldn't be a book.

Special praise for the narrator, David Rintoul -- he must have burned up a thousand calories an hour narrating this. It's a high-energy narration, but in a good way. Just very well done.

Highly recommended. And three cheers for Chester -- a real trouper!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. D. I. Reynolds-hale on 10-25-12

Proper thriller!

This is the first book I have heard from this author. It won't be the last! Brilliantly read with the suspense getting more gripping by the minute. Great book! And thank you, Audible, for recommending it and putting it in the sale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charmaine on 12-23-12


This is definitely one of James Herberts' better books and the narrator made the story come alive in way I haven't heard before. That was one of the most atmospherically read ghost stories I've ever come across. Even just the rain hitting the window was read moodily. This was shown on TV just after I finished listening to it and I couldn't bear to watch because I don't think they would have done as good a job as David Rintoul did. Will definitely be listening to this one again

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