A Shadow on the Wall

  • by Jonathan Aycliffe
  • Narrated by Roger Clark
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Some things are best left undisturbed...
In the countryside of Victorian England, Edward Atherton, rector of Thornham St. Stephen, has taken on the arduous task of restoring the ancient church. But he should never have meddled with the tomb that lay beneath the church's crumbling walls. The moment the workman raises the tomb lid, an unspeakable horror escapes. At a loss to explain the unsettling noises and frightening visions that begin to plague the church, Atherton calls upon fellow antiquarian and Cambridge professor Richard Asquith to help investigate the strange events that began in the wake of the tomb’s disturbance.
The two discover tantalizing hints of whom and what may have been laid to rest in the tomb, but the unforeseen circumstances force Asquith to give up his inquiries and leave the small village of Thornham behind. Asquith tries to put the frightening experiences behind him and focus on his new wife and family. But death and disappearances abound, and Asquith soon has no choice but to confront the darkness that has followed him from that ancient church into his own home.
English novelist Jonathan Aycliffe has mastered the classic English ghost story, and A Shadow on the Wall, nominated in 2000 for the International Horror Guild Award, is sure to both mesmerize and haunt you.


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Customer Reviews

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Aycliffe does it again!

This was an excellent read. the narration was great and I found myself shivering as the story progressed. I hope audible will obtain all of Aycliffe's books, especially The Talisman. I like Aycliffe's book by that title more than King's.
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- Robert P. Rock

Beautifully written; exceptional narration!

Jonathan Aycliffe has crafted a beautifully written, vivid, persuasive, and ultimately disturbing story, perhaps reminiscent of the subtlety and verbal dexterity of English masters such as M.R.James. The story itself is intriguing and convincing for critical listeners; there are very few moments when one might consider suspending disbelief. Oddly, for a horror story, one comes to care so much for so many of the characters that I listened as eagerly for the outcomes of strained relationships and very human concerns and events as for the resolution of the haunting, which in itself is truly creepy and well drawn. Only one quibble with an event in the story, but it iwas minor and not worth deducting a point. The narrator read hypnotically well. He disappeared into the story, entranced and surrounded me in the world of the story. Bravo! Exceptional performance!
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- Alexis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios