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The Dark Paperback – April 1, 2013
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These audiobooks from Macmillan UK offer abridged readings of some of the world's most popular authors. Handsomely packaged, they feature readings by eminent actors of the stage and screen, including James Fox, Martin Shaw, Tim Pigott-Smith and David Rintoul. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Overall I liked the novel even with the cheap ending. If you're looking for a solid horror/thriller book James Herbert's The Dark will fit the bill.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.
The underlying story here is okay, but nothing all that new or creative. Lots of extraneous material is included to make the book longer. There's lots of action with zombie-like Londoners attacking the living and the small group of leading characters in particular. I found it rather predictable but a well-written read. Lots of British expressions and spellings, which I found interesting. I enjoyed the book, but I doubt I'll read another of Herbert's novels. My friends in the U.K. adore him and were very upset when the author passed away recently. They recommended him highly, so I bought this book as the storyline sounded more interesting to me than a trilogy about a rat invasion or other topics Herbert made into bestsellers. If I had lots of free time and found another Herbert book lying around, I'd probably read it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to read more. He's considered one of the classic greats in the U.K. and was a bestseller again and again, but I got the feeling he pumped them out one after another for a particular audience.
Initially confined to Beechwood, a mansion on Willow Road and the site of mass murder and suicides, it feeds on those whom it touches and causes them to perpetrate acts of horrific violence, releasing man's most primal fears and instincts. When Beechwood is demolished, this darkness ventures out beyond the parameters of the house, causing those with whom it come into contact to act out their basest instincts and destroy those who remain unaffected. This novel engages the reader, as the protagonists in the book try to sort things out and defeat this evil entity. Well-written and interesting, devotees of the horror genre, as well as fans of the author, will enjoy this book.