For my next book, I decided to take a break from the world of Stephen King and decided to have a read of a book by an author who I had never looked into before (no idea why that is, as he is up there as one of the best horror writers in the world) and decided to check out Haunted by James Herbert.

The synopsis of the book is as follows (from the back cover):- 

James Herbert’s Haunted is the first chilling novel in the David Ash trilogy.

Three nights of terror at the house called Edbrook.

Three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be victim of horrifying and maleficent games.

Three nights in which he will face the blood-chilling enigma of his own past.

Three nights before Edbrook’s dreadful secret will be revealed, and the true nightmare will begin . . .

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I started it on the Sunday and read a good 50% in the first sitting, it was that much of a gripping story.

There is quite a large plot twist which happens towards the end of this book, as soon as it arrived I must have said (out-loud possibly) “I knew it!!!”, but in reality I didn’t really, looking back I may have suspected that was what was going on, but I was constantly put off the track of what was really happening to David.

The only downside of this book for me is that the plot twist is that big, it’s a ‘one-time read’ as once you know the outcome, you can’t really forget it and it will always impact on any future enjoyment.

That is the only down-side for me and as a result, I have given this book a strong 4 out of 5 stars.

I am looking forward to reading more of his books, but that is going to have to wait for the time being as I have just started my own ‘Stephen King challenge’, whereby I will be reading each and every one of his books in order of release.

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