Monday, September 12, 2011

The Diviners by Julian White Review

About The Book:

“The woman swam closer. She twinkled as the light passed through her. Her fingernails had smoky tips. Her body was young but her eyes and mouth were pockets of crow's feet ...”

Four people in a small town find themselves persecuted in different ways by the same terrifying supernatural force.


Karen was happily married – until her husband became a religious maniac and set himself on fire. Since then, she has worked on her own to raise their daughter and establish an elegant seaside bistro – all by the age of 27. Now her husband's back, madder than ever, and she sees her polite, chattering customers transformed into a raving monster bent on destroying everything she loves.


Sandra holds down a tough job as a district nurse, looking after the sick and elderly in her neighbourhood. She has money worries, guilt over the death of her abusive mother and disturbing memories about a mysterious event in her past. Her life slides into chaos when one of her patients turns up dead in the boot of her car and she can't get rid of the rapidly decaying body.

Felix is a dull provincial solicitor – so dull, in fact, that his wife goes elsewhere in search of sexual fulfilment. When a perverse young couple hold her captive in a luxurious house, he comes to the rescue, only to find that something utterly evil and as ancient as civilisation itself lurks beneath the sparkling surface of their swimming pool.

Mick is still licking his wounds six months after being dumped by his girlfriend. In hopes of forgetting her, he goes to bed with an enigmatic lady whose hair smells of blackcurrants. As a result, he undergoes a transformation into a creature out of an insane nursery story.

And that's only the beginning. When these four stories converge, the stage is set for an earth-shattering climax.

Welcome to the world of the Diviners' Guild.

Who are they? The answer takes in cannibalism, deadly maggots, reincarnated cats, body horror, psychological chills, blood magic, black farce, breakneck action, a thousand-year-old secret, a silver coin and a supernatural threat to Creation itself.

The Diviners is the no-holds-barred fictional début by writer and critic Julian White, full of surreal scares, adult imagery and laughter in the dark. Read it if you dare.


Kindle Edition
Published August 1st 2011
ASIN: B005FN6V0U
 
My Thoughts:
 
First of all I apologize if this review isn't very long. This was a hard review for me to write. I had a hard time reading this book and I think it was simply because of the writing style or the fact that it is based in the UK and a lot of the slang I didn't understand. I will say that the story line was good and I found several of the characters very interesting. I just wish the story was easier to follow so I could truly enjoy the plot better. This is a horror novel and it was very dark. There were several scenes that had my skin crawling. If you are offended by foul language, sex, and violence than this is not the book for you. Otherwise it may be worth checking out.
 
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
 
About The Author:
 
I write on film, horror and other stuff for various magazines and sites, including Little White Lies, Starburst Magazine, kamera.co.uk and Lost in the Multiplex. I also blog on cult movies at diabolicalcinema.blogspot.com. In The Diviners, I try to combine my love of moody, Lovecraftian horror with the pace, ease and occasional jokiness I associate with another of my favourites, Richard Laymon. If I manage to make your skin crawl, your eyes pop and your sides ache - sometimes simultaneously - then my work is done.  
 
If you would like to follow Julian you can the following ways:
 
You can purchase a copy of  The Diviners through Amazon  
 
 
Alison 

18 comments:

You sure do read a lot! Stopping by to say hello from the whimsical wednesday blog hop.

Having ADD would make it very difficult for me to read this, it's hard for me to read a lot of books. I don't think I could stay focused on this. I'm more of a see the movie rather than read the book kind a gal so if it was turned into a movie then I might want to see it. Great review. I am following through the blog hop, here is my link if you want to follow mine http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/. Thanks, Sarah:)

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omgosh you do read a lot -- a passion of mine i need to make way more time for! your review might not have been long -- but good!

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I'm cringing after reading your review. :::shudder::: I think this would be bit too intense for me!

Great review!

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Sounds great!

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I may check this one out. Foul language and what not doesn't bother me. On the other hand, I don't do well with "montage" type stories, where there are too many distinctly separate story lines that merge together at some point. I like everyone to be in the same story at once.

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The book sounds really interesting, but I'm also a little scared to read it. LOL!!! I'll have to add it to the list and see if I grab it. Great review. Stopping by from the Tuesday blog hop. Now following.

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