Book Review, Horror

Haunted by James Herbert (Review)



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 think I might have a new favourite haunted house story.

James Herbert is a name in horror that I have heard thrown around a lot. Lots of people have asked me to read and review his books in the past and only until now I have actually bothered to pick one up. I am now sorry that I didn’t do it earlier, because this book was amazing.

My favourite thing about this book was the pacing. It was drawn out when it needed to be, was fast when it needed to be and the horror elements lingered for just the right amount of time. There were times where it reminded me of The Haunting of Hill House because of the occasional psychological moment thrown in.

I was also a huge fan of the main character. He was witty, and fun. It was just great to follow a character who debunks ghosts for a living. You just know something is going to go wrong when that profession appears in a horror novel. His cynical attitude generally made him a ton of fun.

I am a fond believer of not giving out spoilers in my review, but I will just say that this is a book worth reading just for the ending. It is brilliant. I have never read a horror novel with a funny ending before. This was a first for me and not only did it contain a twist, but also shed a whole new light on the story itself. I love endings that make me want to go back and reread the book again with a whole new fresh perspective.

Now to answer the question I normally get on my reviews: Is it scary? The answer to that would be no. It isn’t scary at all. It is just a lot of fun with some ghosts thrown in.


4 star copy

4 out of 5 Skulls

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8 thoughts on “Haunted by James Herbert (Review)”

  1. I love James Herbert. I’ve read all his books. Others and Nobody True I found the most scary. But everyone is different and most of his books were written pre-2000s so would’ve been scarier then. Horror evolves. Not much horror us scary I find.

    1. I need to get my hands on Others and Nobody True. I love how horror evolves with time. It makes it interesting to read/watch things that were considered terrifying a long time ago and see how people have changed. It is rare to find timeless horror.

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