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“Ray Garton’s The Loveliest Dead eases the reader into what is easily the most mature, heartfelt, and unflinchingly disturbing novel of his career. The unspeakable horror that lies at the center of Dead’s mosaic-like mystery is the darkest nightmare of every parent, only in Garton’s hands, the revelation of this nightmare is only the beginning. A powerful, terrifying, unforgettable achievement. Ray Garton is back, and he will shake your soul’s foundation with this one.” —Bram Stoker Award–winning author Gary A. Braunbeck
“There’s a lot of The Shining in the opening chapters, yet where King’s novel reached for high operatic horror, Garton keeps his terror up close and personal . . . and that makes the terror all that more real. There’s a lot of The Amityville Horror, with ghost-busters, psychics, and mediums crawling out of the woodwork to investigate these goings on. There’s even a bit of Shirley Jackson. . . . Yet with all this mixing and matching of style, the work is unmistakably individual. So take a walk with Ray Garton through one of the creepiest haunted houses you’re ever going to visit. He treats his readers with respect; he treats his characters with respect; in short, Ray Garton is a writer to respect.” —Steve Vernon, Horror World
“Garton shows a sure hand in stringing readers along, delivering scenes to elicit goosebumps at just the right moments. . . . I’m a sucker for haunted house stories, and Garton’s—mixing The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist and Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door—is a good one. It hooks from the start.” —Bookgasm
“Garton proves his masterful writing skills yet again with an exquisitely put together story that squeezes the heebie jeebies out of you!” —Mystery Galore
“In this ironically titled shocker from horror maestro Garton, the dead, who are pretty ugly, make life a hell for the living. . . . The action pulls the reader into a frightening world of psychics, ouija boards and poltergeists. The scenario will remind many of Stephen King’s The Shining.” —Publishers Weekly
- ASIN : B00J90CJOC
- Publisher : Open Road Media (April 1, 2014)
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1484 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #335,877 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just a side note ~ I've also read another of Ray's books, Crucifax, and it's just as good. When you've finished this one, check it out!
In addition to THAT suspense is the inherent suspense that comes from a well written ghost story. Garton builds on the classic ghost story theme with his personal style and skill, creating a horrific mystery thriller that just happens to also be a mind-scrambling horror story. It’s brilliant and brilliantly done.
Garton’s characters are all too real and relatable, lacking the stereotyping inherent in classically themed books. I can tell by other reviews that some people would have preferred the Hollywood style hero/heroine characters, but Garton does not play that game here. His characters are fallible and their relationships with one another are realistic. I found that both admirable and disturbing. Disturbing because the reality element created by that is, well, disturbing.
I loved this story. It is well constructed, well written, fast paced, and downright scary. I read this book in one day. Thank you Ray Garton for this enjoyable, albeit nerve-shredding, read.
The Loveliest Dead did well in keeping my interest and moved along at a fast pace, but I didn’t feel very attached to the characters. I completely disliked David, he seemed to be a controlling jackass. I had little respect for Jenna for being as intimidated and cowed by David, while knowing that her son was in danger. She eventually got some backbone, but she let things go way too far, in my opinion, before she stood up for herself. I did like Miles and, I liked, but also felt sorry for Jenna’s mother since her fears were discarded so easily. The poor woman thought she was going crazy and her daughter just left her believing that for a long time even though she had begun seeing things as well. I was also disappointed that the book didn’t scare me.
The Loveliest Dead had a lot of the things involved in a horror story that usually scare me, like possession, evil entities, Ouija boards, etc. But I think I was so sidetracked on my dislike of David and disappointment with Jenna that the scary stuff just didn’t get to me. I spent most of the novel just hating David. Maybe it’s because he reminded me of my ex-husband, and someone else wouldn’t feel so strongly about him, I don’t know, but I just wanted somebody to tell him where he could go.
I wanted to like this book, but it felt kind of like a sorry repeat of The Shining by Stephen King (which I recommend highly: the book, not the movie). **spoiler alert** The other thing that really bothered me, was that the family moves in with Jenna’s friend, after the s*** has hit the fan and all is well, but they couldn’t move in with her when everything was so bad? I don’t get that. I especially don’t understand why Jenna wouldn’t at least as her friend to take care of Miles after getting the first warning from the medium and then the second warning from the psychic. I guess it wouldn’t be much of a horror story though if people acted rationally. Maybe I’ve read too many of these books and I’m just jaded. I didn’t hate it, it kept my interest, but I can’t really say it was worth the read either. There are better horror books out there.
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From the very beginning, the story line unfolded at a perfect pace. The characters were very well developed and the scary part had me gasping to the point where my husband asked me if I was alright.
This book is great read, even if this is not your usual genre. I’m even going to see what else he’s written!
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For me there are just too many similarities from other sources like Poltergeist (the Family trapped inside the haunted house and the honest, kind psychic), The Amityville Horror (the priest trying to perform an exorcism, a possession and instead of flies we have gnats) and The Haunting (the nasty spirit who tortured others and wouldn't let them go). So I've read and seen all this sort of thing before on T.V.
Some of the characters annoyed me; David (Jenna's husband), got on my nerves for his lack of back-bone, understanding and his ignorant attitude to the supernatural. There is also a few patronizing characters in the book, saying `yes dear', `no dear' and `do you understand me dear', at the end of sentences. The psychic also had a habit of saying...' I'm a psychic, not a medium' relentlessly.
The first quarter of the book was interesting up to a point and the last quarter was....I hate to say it, but...O.K., it was gripping. Sadly, for me, there are too many repeated things taken from the books and films I've already mentioned. You can't fool me Mr Garton. Not sure why it's called `Loveliest Dead' either.
I was glad to finish the book, to check it off my list. I might be tempted to read more by this author, if only to see if/how he grows and improves through experience.