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Dark Echo by F.G. Cottam
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Dark Echo (original 2008; edition 2010)

by F.G. Cottam

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Title:Dark Echo
Authors:F.G. Cottam
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Dark Echo by F. G. Cottam (2008)

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Evil is introduced immediately and unambiguously. Cottam fills in the depth and scope of its power with fascinating ghost "cameos" and bits of history leaving the reader in a vice of approach (anxious for the final confrontation) and avoidance (fear that the ultimate encounter will end badly, however conditioned we are to expect otherwise.) I have yet to be disappointed by a Cottam book. He never keeps the reader waiting for the first good scare and knows how to maintain an atmosphere of dread to the very end. ( )
  Lemeritus | Aug 20, 2018 |
Creepy story about a cursed ship and the evil satanist who captained her in the 1920s and still controls her and her crew, now a new generation. A bit slow. Creative, chilling horror of captain's death ritual and believable. Good Gatsby atmosphere. ( )
  jenzbaker | Jan 13, 2015 |
Another excellent ghost story from Cottom. Started slowly, but gathered pace. The characterisation was superb and I was really routing for them throughout the book . ( )
  christinelstanley | Apr 11, 2012 |
Another great read from F.G. Cottam. I bought this on the back of enjoying Cottam's House of Lost Souls and I wasn't disappointed. I love the creepiness of Cottam's writing. This is true horror - unsettling and seeping rather than brash blood spattering. I think it's a clever writer who can unsettle the reader in a quiet fashion and the author achieves exactly this.

Dark Echo is the story of a boat with a very troubled background. Harry Spalding the original owner has made a pact with the devil and his dark presence is felt in every corner of the book. The book flips in places between the present day and the past which enhances the reading experience. Ghosts abound throughout, some benign, some horribly evil and the whole tale adds up to a great read. ( )
  bibliobeck | Apr 12, 2010 |
Rule Britannia! Britain may have gone to the dogs generally but the Best of British is always Simply the Best, as a recent batch of thrillers proves: anyone who received a book token for Christmas should consider investing in one the following…

Cottam writes supernatural chillers, and Dark Echo is a worthy successor to his debut House of Lost Souls: the occult does not appeal to everyone but this author is not only an excellent story teller but also a meticulous researcher.

Martin Stannard’s father is rich, powerful, and obsessed with a dream of sailing across the Atlantic with his only child: the yacht he has chosen though has a dark history, having been built for playboy and war hero Harry Spalding, a mystery man with a bad reputation.

Father and son set out on the Dark Echo, alone except for the ghosts, while Martin’s girlfriend investigates the history of the boat and its original owner, making some disquieting discoveries. Jesuits, the Vatican, a Sacred Relic, Satanism – all the classic horror story ingredients are here, making for a wonderful read. ( )
  adpaton | Jan 8, 2009 |
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A shivery and entertaining read for the beach or firelit evenings.
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She is a seductive ship: a magnificent sailing yacht built for an American playboy. Yet her history is full of fatal accidents and three of Dark Echo's owners met tragic, violent deaths. Now she has been rebuilt, crossing the Atlantic with new owners. Only the truth about Harry Spalding, the man who built her, can save them from the same fate. It is a story of an evil man, an incredibly brave woman and a secret more powerful than any of them.

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She is a seductive ship: a sailing yacht built for an American playboy. Yet her history is full of fatal accidents and three of Dark Echo's owners met tragic, violent deaths. Now she has been rebuilt, crossing the Atlantic with new owners. Only the truth about Harry Spalding, the man who built her, can save them from the same fate.… (more)

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