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“one of the finest horror novels I have ever read” Darkiss Reads review of Abiding Evil

On his website Darkiss Reads, Darkiss has reviewed Abiding Evil by Alison Buck. If you haven’t read Abiding Evil yet (why not?), then check out this review to see what you’re missing. Darkiss obviously enjoyed it! I’m sure he won’t mind us including a couple of extracts here:

“I will tell you right from the start that this is one of the finest horror novels I have ever read. There is no doubt in my mind that Alison Buck is one of the best writers of horror around today. Abiding Evil left me hanging on the edge of my chair so many times that the next time I read one of her books I may strap myself into my seat.”

“I don’t know why Alison Buck’s name is not better known. If this book is anything to go by she is easily as good as Stephen King or Dean Koontz.”

Thanks Darkiss, hopefully your review will mean that Alison’s name does become better known ;-)

“Amazingly enticing, with wonderful imagery!” Customer review of Abiding Evil on Waterstone’s website

In June 2010 someone called Giselle wrote a customer review on the Waterstone’s website, with the title above. She said:

“The plot was fast paced and really draws you in with beautifully illustrated characters. Including the loveable & hateful staple characters and a truly terrifying evil presence. The story has impressive imagery and conjures up such wonderful visual notions; you can almost see it play through as if it were a blockbuster film in your head! I really loved it, so unfortunately finished it too quickly! That is the only criticism i can make, that it entices you too much that it is over too quickly!”

Sorry we didn’t notice the review before now, and whoever Giselle is I’m glad she (?) enjoyed it.

“One of the finest examples of irony in modern fiction”

A customer review of Alison Buck’s Devoted Sisters has been posted on by Mrs. Helen Auld. Our favourite line:

In considering the title and ending together, the reader is led carefully by the all-seeing narrator to a traumatically tragic climax which memorably depicts one of the finest examples of irony in modern fiction.

Wow. Thanks Helen, we’re really glad you enjoyed it.

“a satisfying read” – review of Abiding Evil at Whispers of Wickedness

A review by Sarah Jackson of Abiding Evil is now featured on the Whispers of Wickedness website.

Sarah compliments Alison Buck on the “realistic and believable portrayal of her characters and the easy way in which she created tension through her admirable psychological insight.” and goes on to say:

The story plays excellently on a handful of fundamental human emotions and core fears.

Thanks Sarah.

“A cracking read” – review of Abiding Evil in News Shopper

Following on from the recent interview with Alison Buck in her local paper, a review of Abiding Evil has now also been published. Sarah Miles, the reviewer, says “Overall, it’s a cracking read and I would certainly pick up another Alison Buck novel with interest“.

“a superb read”: Review of Abiding Evil in DeathRay magazine

The latest issue of DeathRay magazine, available in shops from today, has a great review of Abiding Evil. Phil Kelly says “It is the author’s handle on the dynamics of families and friendship that make this book so involving” and goes on to say “Abiding Evil is a superb read“.

Our favourite line from the review:

Ms. Buck’s imagery is extremely vivid, tapping into the most primeval of humanity’s fears – darkness, abandonment, kidnapping, and the cold claw of nature.

Review of Abiding Evil on The Bookbag

There’s a review of Abiding Evil on The Bookbag web site, written by John Lloyd.

Our favourite line: “I however, really enjoyed the filmic style, and found a distinct creepiness in turning the pages late at night.”

Review of Library of the Soul on Euro Crime

There’s a review of Library of the Soul on the Euro Crime web site, courtesy of Norman Price who also blogs at Crime Scraps.

Our favourite sentence: “This was fun reading if you did not take it all too seriously, and I have to admit that it was a real page turner.” Norman finishes by saying “I am really looking forward to reading the next Peter White mystery”. So are we. Come on Simon get your finger out!