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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was drawn in by the book cover when I saw it posted on a friend's page! Read the preview which hooked me in to purchase and read the book! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Country Rune
It's not that often I pick up a book and can't put it down. I started this book yesterday continued to read it through the night and now after I have closed my Kindle I am thinking... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Janus Gangi -Stolen Moments
I have long been a fan of historical fiction. I find this re-telling of the ghost story to be enthralling. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Catty
I didn't really know what to expect from this book, as I thought it was going to be about a haunted house or a possession. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by thriller_fan
Let me say from the outset: I adore `period pieces', aka historicals--romance, semi-bios, fictionalized history... whatever. If it's history, I'm on board. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Beach Bum Books
I just finished reading this book and still have chills chasing up and down my arms. What a phenomenal read! Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Poppet
I really enjoyed this book. What I really liked is that it is based on a real historical event. I also enjoyed her explanation at the end about how she came about writing about... Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Debra Bennett
My favorite type of novel is gothic horror; something ghostly without being gory. Base Spirits fits the bill! Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Rev Gurley
Potential **SPOILERS** ahead.
I will start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It's not among the best I've read, but it is far from the worst. Read more