Review: The Voices

January 21, 2015 1970's, book review, Pegasus Books, thriller 4

The Voices
  • Written By: F.R. Tallis
  • Published By: Pegasus Crime, December 15, 2014
  • Length:  384 pages
  • Source:  Publisher sent to me in consideration of an honest review

Summary:  In the scorching summer of 1976 the hottest since records began Christopher 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 to one side, he begins the project of a lifetime a grand symphony incorporating the voices and becomes increasingly obsessed with one voice in particular. Someone who is determined to make themselves heard . . .(publisher)

My Thoughts:  Based on cover and synopsis I was prepared for a creepy read, but I wasn’t prepared to actually put this book down and refuse to read it at night when I was up alone.  Immediately when Christopher Norton began hearing voices in his studio I was sure something bad would  happen.  I still don’t understand his fascination with the voices, and then he began to record them and use them in his work.  It seemed a dangerous undertaking.  As Christopher began researching previous owners of his house, my comfort level was piqued and I began to read only during the day.  The coincidences were too much to feel like his daughter with Laura was in a good place.

Then Laura began hearing things, via the baby monitor.  What parents hasn’t had this nightmare?  An intruder in the nursery?  Are the chills running up your arms now?

I was screaming out for them to leave the house, money or not!!  I understood that Christopher was going broke, and needed some new angle to his music, but the eminent dangers were becoming clear.

This book is very creepy, and yet very good.  The characters are very fleshed out, their hopes and dreams and fears.  The setting is intimately detailed, the old, in need of repair house and gardens, the summer heat adding to the distractions felt by all.  I could have learned more about the house’s history and previous inhabitants, but I’m just spooky like that.

I recommend this book to those who like things that go bump in the night, a bit of ghost story or a thriller with unclear answers.  Not for the faint of heart.

4 Responses to “Review: The Voices”

  1. Beth Hoffman

    I’ve become a wuss and can’t do creepy anymore (LOL), but I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. whatsheread

    I don’t know whether to be disgusted with myself or just go with the fact that whenever someone mentions thoroughly creepy and disturbing, I immediately sit up and take notice. This coming from a girl who used to detest all horror as banal and just stupid. Now? Bring it!

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