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Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe
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Naomi's Room (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Jonathan Aycliffe

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This was praised very highly as one of the scariest novels most reviewers had read. It did have some creepy moments and the atmosphere of when you read this novel could contribute to its creepiness factor, however I'm not sure it's one of the best I've read. Good by most means, but when you boil the story down, simple ghost story that offers some mystery and chills, but not much more. But at only slightly over 200 pages, worth the time to read as most will enjoy it. Nothing too graphic here, but there is murder of children and rape of adults, but nothing that you don't see on evening dramas. Worth the read, but not as chilling as I might have been expecting. ( )
1 vote harpua | Apr 28, 2012 |
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This was praised very highly as one of the scariest novels most reviewers had read. It did have some creepy moments and the atmosphere of when you read this novel could contribute to its creepiness factor, however I'm not sure it's one of the best I've read. Good by most means, but when you boil the story down, simple ghost story that offers some mystery and chills, but not much more. But at only slightly over 200 pages, worth the time to read as most will enjoy it. Nothing too graphic here, but there is murder of children and rape of adults, but nothing that you don't see on evening dramas. Worth the read, but not as chilling as I might have been expecting. ( )
1 vote harpua | Apr 28, 2012 |
I'm just going to come right out and say it. This book scared the living shit out of me! I really didn't think it was going to be that scary or affect me as much as it did. I started reading Naomi's Room yesterday night around 8pm. I put it down at 9:30pm after reading 60 pages because I was just too terrified to continue in the dark. This is truly horror at its absolute best.

My favorite type of horror stories are not those gross out gory ones that try to outdo a crapload of other novels to see which one is the grossest, but rather the ones with the simplistic plot of a haunted house. There's nothing scarier for me than the thought of an old, creepy haunted house. If you add in an atmospheric and gloomy premise as well as a story that's fast paced as all get out, then you pretty much have a book that's a total win with me. Naomi's Room did all of this and more. It started out with the creepy and didn't let up until the brief end. Things went bump in the night most of the time and the times that things weren't going bump in the night, they were just shocking the hell out of you. I didn't see anything that happened in this book coming! Just one shock after another until I literally had to pick my jaw up off the ground.

So, if you're in the mood for a creepy, scary, Halloween read, look no further than Naomi's Room. One thing though: Not for the faint of heart at all. There is some gore in here even though there isn't much graphic detail in it, but it is bizarre, shocking, and absolutely terrifying. If you're one of those people who's not really into horror but want to get a brief taste of it to see if you can continue, DON'T read Naomi's Room. Instead read another creepy read that is highly recommended (not just by me, but countless others) called Come Closer. But if you already have a few horror books under your belt and absolutely know with every fiber of your being that it's the genre for you, pick up Naomi's Room and scare yourself silly. ( )
1 vote silenceiseverything | Oct 24, 2010 |
Chilling, old-fashioned ghost story with a touch of mystery, although each good scare is diminished somewhat by the following revelation. The nastiness of the ending wasn't necessary to the plot and felt inappropriate. ( )
  Moomin_Mama | Aug 26, 2010 |
This is one of my favorite books. It is one of the most frightening books I have ever read. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for horror fans. ( )
  Rosereads | Feb 11, 2010 |
I had to read some reviews to remind myself of this one, but as I read, while not much of the actual story came back, I did start to recall the fear it inspired!

This is very scary and quite gruesome and disturbing. Recommended for those who love to be terrified! ( )
  kayceel | Jul 2, 2009 |
One of the most frightening books I've ever read. This book gave me SERIOUS chills all over. ( )
  Karmaggedon | Apr 5, 2007 |
A genuinely frigtening horror - Aycliffe has a way of really getting under your skin. I bought a lovely boxed set special years ago and it came with a talking cassette (yes, that long ago) and I really couldn't listen to it in the room by myself; I found it absolutely terrifying. It's a short book recounting the story of a man whose daughter disappeared years ago during a shopping trip. It has a real air of ghost stories of old - it needs reading by candlelight on a Winter's evening. Go on. I dare you! ( )
  bibliobeck | Jan 8, 2007 |
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