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The Going and the Rise MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, 4 July 2017
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This is the tale of a deadly conspiracy, an all-consuming obsession and an unlikely heroine.
Michael Aldridge, talented architect and devoted family man, has built his dream home on the Isle of Wight, but when strange coincidences take a sinister turn, he must uncover a long-forgotten secret before it's too late.
A wonderfully sinister new novella from the master of the chilling ghost story, The Going and the Rise questions how far you would go to realise your dream...and what you would risk to protect the one you love.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance; Unabridged edition (4 July 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1543623816
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543623819
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm
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In real life, though, it’s not all green bile and revolving heads. Be a lot simpler if it was. But, for architect Michael Adridge, it’s a nine year-old girl who calls him a ‘brick’ and becomes jolly good at tennis.
This story references previous ones from FG Cottam, but if you haven't read them don't worry. It stands very much alone
Because it avoids sensationalism, this deftly-written novella really makes you think. How would you react if you had reason to believe that your self-designed perfect, modern home with sea view on the Isle of Wight, could, for reasons you might be embarrassed to explain, be about to destroy your family? What if you were wrong? Cottam’s calm, considered prose makes Aldridge’s solution heartbreakingly convincing.
Although only a comparative short story it still follows the same format, the slow build-up , the lonely background, the haunted building , the volatile relationships and for him the almost obligatory dip into the early nineteen hundreds.
The only criticism I would have is that the ending seem to be too abrupt and not very convincing. An indication perhaps that this also should have been a novel.
'The Going and The Rise' contains slight references to some of Cottam's previous stories in the 'Jericho' series but works well as a stand alone, a one off, if you haven't read the others.
Complex, surreal and yet traditional story without many surprises but; a decent yarn and an entertaining read.
In some ways, this novella (70 pages or so) worked better than some of Mr Cottam's novels (all of which I've enjoyed). The tension was drawn out just long enough - any longer and things might have sagged. Some ends were left deliciously loose. A sequel?
The protagonist is well-drawn and, unusually for a horror, believable. What struck me is that it was obvious the protagonist wasn't a dumb-bunny horror innocent. He wasn't working in a vacuum and he knew the obvious horror tropes - he wouldn't have suggested going into the cellar, for example. I wouldn't mind spending some more time in his company. I'd also like to get to know Ruthie a LOT better - she's exciting.
I'm off to buy another Jericho novella - Mr Cottam may have a hot series on his hands.