Julie Myerson: The uickening



Things go bump in the nightThis is well written the sentences and dialogue have been well crafted The ack of dialogue demarcation actually makes an interesting view on the flow of the story and the first half of the novel is uite gripping However I did find at times I was getting increasingly irritated with the character of Rachel she became whingy and to be honest if I was Dan I would have Pursuit of Justice left her to it The ghost was good but appeared too many times I wasn t scared of him and I wouldike to have discovered of his storyI bought the hardback and it s a pretty object I can appreciate the interesting writing style and really enjoyed the first half Its worth a read if you Dangerous to Touch like ghost stories butike me you might find you want to Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude leave Rachel behind on the island Newlyweds Rachel and Dan are expecting their first baby and have gone on honeymoon to Antigua Strange things start happening straight away drinking glasses shatter into tiny pieces a chandelier becomes detached from the wall and flies through the air and Rachel is having terrifying dreams that seem real She starts to doubt everything around her and becomes suspicious of Dan who actsike he s been to the island before although he says he hasn tThe suspense gradually builds throughout this short ghosthorror story and I was never sure what was going to happen next I also Rodeo Daughter liked the fact it was set in the hot sunny Caribbean instead of a common ghost story setting and it was noess creepy for this another ghost story from julie It took me the first few pages to work out if I had actually read this before I was sure I had read a Julie Myerson story before but I found out uite early on that it was actually Sleepwalking that I had read which features another pregnant woman who is having doubts about her marriage In this thriller Rachel and Dan have just got married and Dan has booked them an amazing honeymoon in a beautiful and idyllic resort in the Caribbean From the very start things go wrong Rachel sees things that no one else sees things fall off walls she feels unwell and a waitress tells her she must My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze leave the resort instantly Soon Rachel isn t sure who she can trust and if she is going mad or been driven mad but whyVery frightening actually and I didn t see the twist coming it kept me upate Rachel and Dan in Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses love expecting their first baby and also mourning the sudden death of a close friend want to go somewhere hot in January When Dan produces a ring and tells her he s already booked auxurious resort on Antigua the holiday turns into a honeymoon Everything should be perfect And at first it isBut Rachel s experience of the island soon turns from idyllic to disturbing As furniture shifts and objects fly around a waitress begs her to A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, leave and a fellow guest starts to frighten her Rachel realises that something sinister is going on When the waitress is found dead in the hotel grounds Rachel realises her only hope is to persuade Dan they shouldeave But Dan seems to have his own reasons for wanting to stay and soon Rachel is unable to decide who or what she should be most afraid of Another imprint from Hammer Horror which aims to bring compelling and intelligent horror to a whole new m This was a really creepy tale and uite gripping but at the end I was just thinking well what happened there then Very strange but a good read 81. Ts to frighten her Rachel realises that something sinister is going on When the waitress is found dead in the hotel grounds Rachel realises her only hope is to persuade Dan they should eave But Dan seems to have his own reasons for wanting to stay and soon Rachel is unable to decide who or what she should be most afraid.

Rachel gets knocked up by Dan who then proposes they get married and fly off to Antigua for their honeymoon But a malevolent ghost from Dan s past threatens their wedded bliss it s The Woman in Black Haunted Holiday EditionIt s easy to see why in a talk about the book Julie Myerson mentioned her influences are Henry James and MR James because The uickening is coma fuel It s not uite as bad as Henry James The Turn of the Screw a story that haunts me to this day for its pure tedium but it does have a ot in common with MR James upper middle class Edwardian nonsense Well off Brits enjoy a holiday and are bothered by spooky things seen out the corner of the eye that s basically the premise of a Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, lot of MR James sleepy storiesThe uickening is boring and filled with ghost story clich s Rachel and Dan are one dimensional dummies that aren t even worthy of contempt for being so flat and uninteresting Rachel is whiny Dan is indifferent you are counting the pages until the end They meet other dreary holidaymakers drink drinks sit in chairs swim in the ocean sleep in a bed Ok so justike every other tourist who goes to Antigua And that s also most of the novelThe clich s appear here and there to break up their uneventful schedule Did that glass move No Rach you re imagining it Ok Dan wait did those curtains rustle Etc Scared yet Dan suddenly turns into a scary husband for no reason Rachel turns into the jumpy wife who s paranoid and who s not one character goes slowly crazy it s all stuff that s been done a hundred times before without any original reimagining The pregnancy angle reeks of Rosemary s Baby tooWithout getting into spoilers once you get to the end none of those cheap ghostly goings on marry up with the story Myerson s clumsily constructed They were very obviously there to remind you that you were reading a pitiful ghost story instead of some dull holiday romance book for bored housewives not because they made sense in the plot If you read this ask yourself how any of the things The Baby Album leading up to it fit in with regards the big reveal and then ask yourself why now why did gsdjiojdsg choose this moment in time to do all of this The twist ending far from being shocking comes off as a desperate and amateurish move to startle readers from the comfortable doze they ve been in up to that pointThe story is a snoozefest but the writing is competent andike a Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose lot of modern novels eschews uotation marks for dialogue That might put some readers off but Iiked the way thoughts speech and narration all blended together naturally It s also relatively short a uickening read ho ho so it s mercifully over uite soon Those are the only real positives I can glean from thisJulie Myerson s The uickening joins the other recent Hammer Horror books Jeanette Winterson s The Daylight Gate Helen Dun s The Greatcoat Lynne Truss Cat Out of Hell that have turned out to be incredibly poor horror offerings Maybe if you re a MR JamesHenry James fan you Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., ll find something to enjoy in this book though youl probably be tut tutting that things aren t going slow enough otherwise I d skip this and try Shirley Jackson instead for uality genuinely creepy horror storytelling This was an incredibly uick read and I read it in a day which is usually unheard of for me with an almost 300 page count It was fast paced and jam packed and ski. A honeymoon couple on a tropical island goes horribly wrong Acclaimed Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, literary author Julie Myerson writes a tense and terrifying Hammer novella      Rachel and Dan inove expecting their first baby and also mourning the sudden death of a close friend want to go somewhere hot in January When Dan produces a ring and.

Pped all the usual set up and jumped straight into the action It was effective too I was constantly edge of seat and engrossed Rachel and Dan while both eually unlikable and strange were also interesting characters Dan being so controlling and off made you uestion whether or not rude and off putting Rachel was really crazy or not The end is ambiguous Not in the sense that we don t know if Rachel was haunted by Hamilton our mostly unfriendly ghost we do But were Rachel s suspicions of Dan throughout the book real also Or was she just simply possessed I m not sure And why harm the Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, lovely innocent resort staff Ambiguous can be good and I m on the fence about whether or not this is a moral cautionary tale nailed perfectly her suspicions were real or a slightly rushed psychopath tale she s simply I reuested this book when I saw it on theist at the Reading Rooms in Ipswich I have read several of her other novels and really enjoyed them I didn t realise that this was a novella from The Hammer horror genre It is a ghost story or maybe a possession Either way it is somewhat Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) like drinking a frothy coffee when you thought you were getting an espresso Not great not bad far fetchedot s of unanswered and unexplained plotlines did i Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, like it Not much When I started reading The uickening it had only been rated by two other readers on Goodreads and both of those had given it just one star I don t know whether this had an effect on my reaction to it perhaps subconsciously I enjoyed it because my expectations were soow but in any case I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be compelling well written and thoroughly entertaining a good old fashioned creepy ghost story with a modern horror twistIt s a simple story which moves uickly and holds the reader s attention with a series of strange incidents creating Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, lots of tension and casting doubt on each of the characters The protagonists are Rachel and Dan a pair of newlyweds who after a rushed wedding embark on a three week honeymoon in Antigua Rachel is filled with inexplicable dread from the moment sheooks at a picture of the resort and when the couple arrive there bad Gilligan Unbound luck seems to follow them from a smashed glass on their balcony to the mysterious death of a waitress who works at their hotel However Dan blames Rachel s paranoia on her pregnancy and insists they stay But why does it seem as if Dan is already familiar with the island when he claims to never have been there before And who is the shadowy figure Rachel keeps spottingThe narrative is atmospheric and keeps you guessing all the way through from the fast moving opening maybe a bit too fast but it does the job of hooking you from page one to the dramatic denouement Ioved the mystery suspense and supernatural touches and in fact I was impressed by how effectively the ghost and various dark secrets were worked into the story It feels a bit gruesome to say this given how the book ends but for something with a ot of scaryhorrible things in it this was really really fun Although view spoilerpoor Rachel I really iked her I was rooting for you Rach hide spoiler This is another ghost story from the people from Hammer and it was an entertaining read but there were a few things that I wasn t so keen on A newly wedded couple go on their honeymoon to a tropical island but things start to go wrong when. Tells her he's already booked a Hotshot P.I. luxurious resort on Antigua the holiday turns into a honeymoon Everything should be perfect And at first it is     But Rachel's experience of the island soon turns from idyllic to disturbing As furniture shifts and objects fly around a waitress begs her toeave and a fellow guest star.

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Julie Myerson is the author of nine novels including the internationally bestselling Something Might Happen and three works of nonfiction As a critic and columnist she has written for many newspapers including The Guardian Financial Times Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times