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In a rundown area of Manchester, inside a bathroom in a small, terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates 12-year-old Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena's life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena if they know what is good for them. After listening to The Hostile, you will never again look at DIY in the same way.
©2016 Joy Mutter (P)2016 Joy Mutter
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By jey cee on 10-24-16

The hostile

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At first I found it hard to get into the story , but when I had read about a third I was hooked & enjoyed reading it. It is refreshingly original & wanted to read more.

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By Simone K on 08-31-17

Certainly Different

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One of the things I look for in my horror/paranormal books is a unique take on whatever the spooky thing is. It's so easy in this genre to put together a story filled with cliches and this one certainly isn't one of them. That's this story's strongest point - that it is based in a weirdness that is unexpected and bizarre. I also enjoyed the fact that this all started because our protagonist had bowel problems - how clever!

The narration was pretty terrible, however. I got used to it but it almost makes it not worth the listen. Finally, even though this is book one in a three part series, it doesn't really have an ending. It just sort of stops. I knew this was a series going in, but I didn't expect that because the series advertises as being readable as stand alone books too. I disagree. I wouldn't read this unless you're planning on reading all three books!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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By TerryHeth on 11-02-16

Original and different

Where does The Hostile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved the originality of the story. Very high for that reason

What did you like best about this story?

Again original and so different to any other story's

Which character – as performed by Joy Mutter – was your favourite?

The Hostile

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you whisper.....

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I listened to the audio version of The Hostile. It is bizarre & weird & so original. Such a good twisted tale. A young girl is so confused, school isn't fun, family isn't fun, so she spends lots of time in her bathroom. She listens to a voice & it seems to do her wishes.
This tale involves her family and their extended lives, her school mates & how her life takes turns.
I really enjoyed this tale, it's an original tale. Not the usual horror story.

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By Chris Gallagher on 08-01-16

Interesting but Disturbing...!

The author has made an excellent job of narrating her own novel. The main protagonist of The Hostile is a young schoolgirl, Serena, on the cusp of womanhood. She is a member of a large dysfunctional Manchester family where the father and mother have never worked and spend most of their days floating on a cloud of cannabis. When Serena realises she can communicate with a demonic force trapped in a ceramic tile in her favourite bathroom all hell breaks loose. The novel takes the listener on a journey of mayhem when Serena's unguarded comments are taken literally by the demonic entity. Well worth a listen.

I received a courtesy version of The Hostile in return for a fair and unbiased review.

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