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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I liked some of the story set in the past, and generally liked the overall plot. However, there were parts that didn't really need to be in there and sometimes it felt like parts kept on going for way too long. The ending was...interesting. It was very unexpected and felt like the author just wanted to wrap things up in a hurry. But it did make you think, and correlated with some of the events that happened in the story's past. I found myself thinking about the book the next day, and linking up the ending with what had happened previously. In my mind the stories that you think of after you have read it are the good ones. I recommend The Colony by the same author, which is very good, and am looking forward to checking out more by Cottam.
Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?
A thriller which is based on the theme of devil possession but will also appeal to a reader who is not religious. In fact, the protagonist himself is presented as an atheist who struggles to reconcile his world view with the terrible events that keep hinting at church teachings. This storyline, however, is more subtle and not so in-you-face as in Cottam's other book, and not irritating at all. The novel is dynamic, expertly interweaves the past and the present, and keeps one on the edge of his chair. The characters are likeable enough, but not so very much that you would get depressed for days when they die :) The narrator does a really good job, too. On the whole, I recommend it to those who like fairly easy reading, but good quality and with a thrill
I really looked forward to listening this book. The idea sounded great and having read reviews about it I bought it. Unfortunately I was very disappointed.
The author spends far to much time on unnecessary and tedious details and flashbacks which could have been dealt with in paragraphs rather than chapters. He writes a total character assassination of Dennis Wheatley (who always denied any connection to black magic but in this book becomes a more than willing disciple - I'm not a Wheatley fan but he would have pitched a fit and probably sued the socks off this author!) and produced other characters that were 2 dimensional and who, not long into the book, I hoped were going to get killed off.
And the ending? It was pathetic! It was almost as if the author had run out of whatever little steam he had.
The idea for the book is a good one. In the hands of a better writer (or perhaps a more skilled editor) it could have a great book. But it's not. I love horror of all types, new and old, and by a variety of authors but this is one book that will not even make my top 200.
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I really like F G Cottam's books. This is one of his earliest that I had not heard before. Like his others, there is plenty of suspense and a story line that twists and turns so much so that I did have to rewind a couple of times to fully understand what was going on. But I do love the way F G Cottam writes and the fact that although they are "horror" stories, there are no vampires or zombies! Bit of a flat ending to this one. And David Rintoul is a far better narrator than Peter Wickham I am afraid.
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