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Base Spirits by [Barrett, Ruth]
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About the Author

Ruth Barrett studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and was mentored by two-time Booker prize winner Peter Carey through the Humber School for Writers. During her years as an actor, Ruth performed in a little-known play called 'A Yorkshire Tragedy' sometimes attributed to Shakespeare. The story of the murderous Yorkshire nobleman and his long-suffering wife proved fascinating well beyond the stage... the eerie Calverley Old Hall was explored, and a haunting idea for a novel emerged. Ruth has published numerous short works of quirky and creepy fiction in various anthologies. 'Base Spirits' is her first full-length book, and her suspenseful short story 'Family Secrets' is also available on Kindle. Look for more of Ruth's writing in the future through the Spirited Words Book Co.

Product Details

  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spirited Words Book Co.; 1 edition (September 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L38G8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Victoria Maggio on February 22, 2012
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I just read Base Spirits by Ruth Barrett. I had not read anything before by this author so I didn't really have any expectations other than what I had picked up from the reviews here on Amazon. My kindle, and some very generous authors putting their work up at reduced rates, has offered me the option of trying new authors and genres that I may not have tried otherwise. After reading Base Spirits I can only say, 'thank you so much' to Ruth Barrett for her generosity in sharing such a wonderful story and to serendipity for my coming across it as I did.

Rarely have I been transported so thoroughly to another place or time that I actually was surprised to recall that there was another part of the story waiting in that original place and time. Strong characters, vivid descriptions and historical detail join together to create a world where I could lose all thought of myself and dive headlong into the unknown and not want it to end. Having to stop reading was a jolt to my system and I couldn't wait to get back to the story and find out what happened to these lives I had become a part of. What evil awaits them in the darkness?

I recommend this book to those who don't normally try this genre but appreciate a well crafted tale, interesting and flawed characters, and a bit of mystery to round things out. I believe that you will enjoy what you find here. I know I certainly did!
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Ruth Barrett takes a true story and expertly weaves in fiction and fantasy and creates a story so compelling you will be reading this into the wee hours of the night.

Very interesting and engaging story told from two time periods, one in 1604 and one in the present. Clara Ravenscroft is trying to write a play and accompanies her husband on a business trip to England thinking she will get some writing done while he presents his research on John Keats. While staying at renovated manor house in England, Clara learns of Phillipa Calverley, a London High Born woman who was in an arranged marriage in the early 1600's,to an abusive man, who ends up killing her children.
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This isn't a book to be read at night - so realistic, such a marvellously eerie setting and story - that it will keep you up and reading until the end! And then have you turning the lights on. Best to set aside a day and curl into a chair with a cup of tea and simply immerse yourself in this wonderful tale that twists and turns between reality and imagination. The author's love of Shakespearean times, her knowledge of history and her understanding of the human spirit resound in every word she writes. A superb read and a book I was very sorry to finish.
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I can't say enough good things about this book. It grabbed me from the beginning and sucked me in to the story. Ruth Barrett weaves an incredible tale of suspense and horror and tragedy. The events of the past are rendered in truly aching detail, it's obvious she's done her historical homework. Your heart will ache for the players in this tragedy of days gone by.

The modern part of the book is also painstakingly real. From Clara's fear and feelings of isolation, to her husband's jealous and possessive rages, the emotions ring clear and true. The book really picks up speed and rushes torwards the inevitable trainwreck where past meets present in a tragic climax.

Honestly, there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this book. I'm hesitant to give out five star reviews (they're flung out so willy nilly these days that who really believes them?) but this time I will. Anyone who enjoys history, ghosts, possessions, England, or horror in general, is going to enjoy this book. I don't know how many people know who Barbara Erskine is, but her novels are what this book put me in mind of. And I'm a huge Barbara Erskine fan. Which makes me a huge Ruth Barrett fan.
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I caught wind of Ruth Barrett when her fine short story, Family Secrets, was offered as a Kindle Select free download and was so impressed with her writing style, what I think of as "quiet horror," that I went ahead and bought Base Spirits even though I am not enamored with the Elizabethan period of history.

I won't bore you with a recreation of the plot synopsis, but I am compelled to add my two cents worth to the other reviews. In the field of Indie publishing, Barrett soars far above the rest. Her books set the bar high on every level from the quality of the writing to the formatting and overall design of the publication. This is what Indie publishing should be, carefully written prose, a compelling story, complex characters, and careful attention paid to correct use of grammar and eBook formatting. If there were an award for outstanding achievement for independent book publishing, Base Spirits would get my vote.

That Base Spirits is a frightening horror tale with one of the most harrowing extended murder sequences I have ever read is icing on the cake. Barrett's style is literary and smart, recalling a time when writers cared as much about the quality of their writing as they did about telling a rip-snorting yarn. Yes, Base Spirits is a horror novel, but Barrett never resorts to cheap gimmicks to terrify. It's a slow, deliberate buildup to an inevitable but fully satisfying climax.

Horror fiction is not to everyone's taste, but if you have somehow stumbled across this title and are reading this review and care anything about reading the finest fiction available today do yourself a favor download Base Spirits to your Kindle.
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