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Ash by James Herbert

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 704 Pages.

Published: 14 March 2013 by Pan

Edition: Reprints

ISBN: 0230706967

EAN: 9780230706965

Ash is James Herbert’s most controversial novel to date, and will make you wonder what is fact and what is fiction.

They were miscreants with black souls, roaming the corridors and passageways. Infamous people thought long-deceased. Hiding and nurturing their evil in a basement full of secrets so shocking they would shake the world if they were ever revealed.

David Ash, ghost hunter and parapychologist, arrives at Comraich Castle – a desolate, ancient place with a dark heart – to investigate a series of disturbing events. An incorporeal power has been ignited by a long-ago curse, fed and now unleashed by the evil of those who once inhabited this supposed sanctuary – and by some who still do. Yet their hour of retribution is at hand . . .


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Great Psychological Thriller

It has been a great many years since I have read a James Herbert book. I

think the last time was around 30 years ago and that was The Rats. I am

no longer a big fan of horror books but decided to try this as the

reviews were good. How suprised was I!!

This is not at all what I

expected. I expected indiscriminate blood, guts and gore. What I got was

a deep psychological thriller which included some horror which fitted

in well with the story. I enjoy clever, well constructed books and this

was certainly that. It was also quite complex so you do need your wits

about you to get the best from this book - mind you I had no problem

with that as I couldn't put it down!

There are a lot of points within

this book which could be seen as controversial. The author has very

cleverly linked the story to real historical events which are

unexplained or open to interpretation. I won't provide any spoilers but

suffice to say that this was done very well and added some spice and

depth to the book.

Ash is a psychic investigator so there are psychic

elements to the story. I didn't find them overpowering - they were a

tool in the plot but I didn't feel that they were the most important

part of it. This isn't a book about hauntings and phenomena but a story

which includes them as a plot device.

Ash is a character that the

author has used in previous books. These events are mentioned in the

book to enable the reader to understand some of his behaviour and that

of his boss, Kate. I didn't feel that I was at a disadvantage by not

having read the previous books  and this book was fine to read as a

stand alone. Ash was a very interesting character who is obviously as

much of a skeptic as a believer in psychic phenomena. I did like this

very down to earth view.

I very much enjoyed this book and cannot see

it in the same catagory as good old fashioned blood, guts and gore

horror. Obviously horror has refined a lot in the last 30 years and this

book was more of a suspense filled, complex psychological thriller with

a clever plot and lots of tension. I am very tempted to go back and

read other books by this author including the character of Ash.

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