28.6.10

Book Review: The Magic Cottage by James Herbert

We thought we'd found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Charming, maybe a little run-down, but so peaceful. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge's painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our love for each other- well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side, The Bad Magic.
What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats- oh God, the bats! Even now those things seem impossible to me, yet they happened...
The only other James Herbert book that I have read is The Secret of Crickley Hall; when I decided to delve back into the thriller/horror genre, he seemed like a very good place to start.
The Magic Cottage isn't terrifying but it does make you think twice about the noises in the night. James Herbert builds up the tension from the very beginning; the story is narrated by Mike Stringer, he's recounting what happened to him and his girlfriend Midge when they bought the cottage. It feels very much like a diary entry and he hints throughout that awful events took place during their time there. Towards the end of the book it is clear that the cottage is having a massive effect on their lives and on their relationship in particular.
James Herbert is brilliant at conveying images that stay with you and send chills down your spine. His use of language is very clever as he builds and builds the tension until it has to come to an inevitable end.
I really enjoyed The Magic Cottage and I read it in just two days. If you like this genre then I would highly recommend James Herbert's books.

11 comments:

Ayesha said...

oooh now that souds like something i need to read, thanks for a great review and recommendation

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Dot said...

Ayesha- Thank you, I think I am going to enjoy reading books like this again!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

This sounds really interesting, great review! I have heard of this one, seems to be a nice read. Thanks for sharing!

Brenna said...

This sounds interesting! Thanks for the review. Also, hi! I just found your blog and am a new follower :)

Dot said...

Irena- Thanks, haven't read anything like this for ages but I enjoyed it!

Brenna- Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

Book Chick City said...

I love James Herbert!!! Can't wait for his new book to come out :D This one sounds good, having read it yet, glad you enjoyed it :)

Dot said...

Book Chick City- I really enjoyed this one, I have The Dark to read next, if you have any recommendations then do let me know!!

Book Chick City said...

Well, The Rats was my first ever James Herbert and although it's not his best now it's still really good. Others is a good one as is Nobody True, Creed, The Fog, Moon and Haunted :)

Dot said...

Book Chick City- thanks for the recommendations! More books to add to the list!

Rebecca said...

I remember reading this a few years ago and really enjoyed it too. Quite creepy, but not too over the top. Must get back to some James Herbert...

Dot said...

Rebecca- It was rather creepy! I used to love reading this type of book!

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