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From Edgar nominee F. R. Tallis, a new novel of psychological suspense that reinvents the classic haunted-house taleIn the scorching summer of 1976the hottest on recordChristopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London.
The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices.
For Norton, the voices mark an exciting opportunity. Putting his work aside, he begins the project of a lifetimea grand symphony incorporating the voicesand becomes increasingly obsessed with one voice in particular. Someone who is determined to make themselves heard . . .
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About the Author
F. R. Tallisis a writer and clinical psychologist. Between 1999 and 2012, he received or was nominated for numerous awards, including the New London Writers’ Award, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Elle Prix de Letrice, the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger Award, and two Edgar Allan Poe Awards.
He is the author of The Sleep Room, The Forbidden, The Voices, and
The Passenger, all available from Pegasus Crime. He lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Never again will I go by editorial reviews only-usually their paid off for a good review. I'm an avid reader & couldn't wait to finish. It was a short novel so that's why I went to end. The author wrote @ length about things most people would not be interested in-as if he were trying to make the book longer. If that's the case, write a short story. I've never been moved before to write a review until this book.
How did this ever get published???? Enough said???
The Voices by FR Tallis The year is 1976. Christopher Norton and his pregnant wife Laura have purchased an old Victorian house that requires a lot of work before they can move in. By the house is ready, Christopher and Laura have welcomed a daughter, Faye. Laura is a former fashion model with a rather impressive portfolio. Christopher is a sound engineer that creates soundtracks for movies. His style is a little strange, combining sounds in unusual ways. He is known for playing tracks in reverse and to combine such sounds as a coin being dragged across the strings of a defunct piano. Having set his sound studio up on the top floor of the old house, Christopher begins work on soundtracks for an upcoming movie. Then he begins to notice voices recorded on his tracks… The voices are both male and female. They speak in French, German, an undisclosed Slavic language, and English. They are a chorus of warnings, pleas, incoherent noise—and a phrase that is all too clear: “Come to me, Faye…” This supernatural story is intriguing and frightening at the same time. The voices continue, and Christopher begins to experiment with various tricks used by ghost hunters in search of EVPs. He begins to get answers from an early magician named Edward Stokes Maybury. And what he hears is frightening. There is a sharp overshadow of fear without any tremendous over-showing of ghostly activity. There are no flitting phantoms or poltergeist activity. There are the voices, and the dreams… This is a masterpiece that builds with each paint stroke until the final one makes the masterpiece come to life. Just when the reader thinks he or she has it all figured out, trust me, you don’t. I did not see that twist at the very end coming. Brilliant! I give this excellent serving of supernatural suspense five stars plus! Quoth the Raven…
If you’re in the mood for a good paranormal thriller, this isn’t it. This book is a VERY watered down version of the movie ‘White Noise’ with Michael Keaton. Except, the movie was sooo much better. 95% of the book revolves around dull, self-center characters muddling through life. The wife, miserable about the mistakes she made in her youth, becomes depressed and self-absorbed. The husband is either consumed with his work or desperately trying to have sex with his wife – who keeps refusing him. He goes for long walks alone and she lays on the couch reading books all day. Small tidbits of action occur when he hears snippets of voices in his music recordings; then it’s back to mundane day-to-day life which goes nowhere. Way too many character/event/side-stories are added then promptly ended adding to the flat, meandering storyline. The writing itself was extremely stiff and formal. “…the subtle accords that make intimacy possible had not been fully restored, and he was uncomfortable going abroad without having first recalibrated their affections.” I’m not afraid of vocabulary words; but the author’s excessive use of them left the writing feeling choppy and rigid. There was absolutely no ‘flow’ from event to event making it extremely difficult to connect with any of the characters. The only character that I cared about was the poor baby that neither parent cared about until something happened to her. The only real action/thriller part of the book happened in the last 5%. It was ‘bam, bam, bam, the end.’ The ‘discover’ at the very end was tasteless and unnecessary; in my opinion, it ruined an already terrible book. I don’t recommend this book.