Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Shop Popular Services tmnt tmnt tmnt  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Deal of the Day
Kindle Price: $2.99

Save $6.00 (67%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

The Quickening: A Ghost Story Kindle Edition

11 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$2.99

Length: 200 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Matchbook Price: $0.00 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

Sing for Us
Historical Fiction
Based on a true story, Sing for Us is a riveting tale of love and hope in the last days of the Civil War. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Mari Biella was born in Wiltshire and grew up in Wales. She has been writing from an early age, and her mother still has some highly embarrassing poems and stories to prove it. Her published works are "The Quickening", a psychological ghost story set in the Victorian Age, and "Loving Imogen", a collection consisting of a novella and three short stories. Mari currently lives in Northern Italy. She’ll read just about anything she can get her hands on, but particularly enjoys literary fiction, psychological horror, and crime fiction. She blogs at www.maribiella.wordpress.com/ and www.authorselectric.blogspot.com/, and tweets as @MariBiella1. Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mari.biella or on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5817666.Mari_Biella.

Product Details

  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Mari Biella; 2 edition (December 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TIPVGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Mari Biella was born in Wiltshire and grew up in Wales. She has been writing from an early age, and her mother still has some highly embarrassing poems and stories to prove it. Her published works are "The Quickening", a psychological ghost story set in the Victorian Age, and "Loving Imogen", a collection consisting of a novella and three short stories.

Mari currently lives in Northern Italy with her husband. She'll read just about anything she can get her hands on, but particularly enjoys literary fiction, psychological horror, and crime fiction. She blogs at http://maribiella.wordpress.com/ and www.authorselectric.blogspot.com/, and tweets as @MariBiella1. Find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mari.biella or on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5817666.Mari_Biella.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By Catherine Czerkawska on February 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Quickening is an elegant, entertaining and very scary piece of writing – somewhere between a traditional British country house haunting and a psychological thriller, with elements of both. You can trace its roots to the stories of Montague and Henry James and a few other Victorian paranormal writers. There are echoes of the ghost stories of Susan Hill. But essentially, this novel stands alone as a brilliant portrayal of what I came to think of as a sort of restrained foreboding
The novel – which begins in the late summer of 1897 - is narrated by Lawrence Fairweather, a youngish married man. He claims to be a rationalist and of course he is: an intelligent and down-to-earth man with no time for religion. But his rational beliefs are ill suited to his present situation. Almost immediately, we are aware that something traumatic has befallen Lawrence and his wife, Julia. The couple have been travelling abroad for several months and are now returning to their home in England with their equally traumatised daughter.
The country house to which they are returning is in the Fens – evocatively described, the very monotony of this bleakly beautiful landscape, as autumn and then winter approaches, somehow adding to the atmosphere of slowly encroaching threat.
Halfway House it is not a particularly old house. It is shockingly ordinary: a ‘plain and unaffected building’ much as Lawrence would claim to be a plain and unaffected young man, a man of science. There is no age-old ghostliness here to explain events. No. This is a much more subtle and therefore much more threatening tale. Go on, I dare you. Read this by night and be afraid, be very afraid indeed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Quickening is a novel of quiet horror set in Edwardian England. It is atmospheric, psychological, and emotionally resonant without ever going over the top -- even when its two central adult characters finally lose a grip on their steel-girded self control.

This story is told by Lawrence Fairweather, a young man returning home to Halfway House, his remote country estate, after traveling abroad with his wife, Julia, and their five-year old daughter, Hazel. Biella uses names that are cleverly descriptive. The Fairweather family hasn't seen 'fair weather' in a while. They'd hoped their travel would help them recover from a loss, one that has wrenched them inside out but that they never talk about. (As if to complement her parents' coping-by-not-mentioning-it strategy, Hazel has given up speech altogether.) 'Halfway House' is an estate halfway between isolation and sociability, sanity and insanity, this world and the next. Once the emotionally fragile Fairweathers move back in, they are caught halfway between these things, too. Each Fairweather is vulnerable in a unique way the others can't understand. Halfway House has plans for each of them; Halfway house plays favorites.

But is it really something dwelling in Halfway House that poses the threat? Or something dwelling in the Fairweathers? Or a combination of both? Ostensibly, The Quickening is an effective ghost story, with all the atmospheric creepiness that makes a quiet horror story so shivery. But in the tradition of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, the ghost might be in the ever-tightening twist of the characters' tormented minds.

The Quickening is set in the era of Sigmund Freud, and I couldn't help thinking that Julia Fairweather could have been a patient.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Gary Henry on July 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gothic ghost story The Quickening is an unrelieved emotional journey into the depths of misery and fear, taken slowly, deliberately, irrevocably. The mood begins gray and mysterious, and gradually gets ever darker and more desperate.

Is this a story of minds disordered by tragedy, spiraling down to madness? Is it a story of paranormal activity unhinging the gates of reason? Both? It doesn't matter. In The Quickening, Mari demonstrates high mastery of mood and craft. She spins a truly spooky tale filled with dread, balancing on the edge of horror; a tale that will stay with me for a long time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
One of the things I liked the most about this book is the quiet elegance and depth with which it was written. This is my first indie book and I was so impressed by the author's integrity - by which I mean, the obvious care the author took in writing it and in making sure that the book was worthy of being read and enjoyed by others before publishing it. The clarity, simplicity, elegance of the prose point to an author who believes in revising and re-writing. I imagine it is tempting for an indie author to send a book out into the world as soon as it is done. Mari Biella didn't do this. That's what I mean by integrity. There are other reviews that describe the plot and the characters. I want to emphasize in this one the psychological depth that all good ghost stories have. The author does a wonderful job creating ambiguity with respect to supernatural phenomena. This in my mind, only makes the scary scarier. She also beautifully links the external world of the novel to the internal world of the characters. By the time you hear a character's thoughts or feel her fears, the weather or the landscape or some other description of the world has prepared you for and made you receptive to that thought. Thank you Mari Biella. May you give us many more books.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in