My Halloween Read: Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden.


Publication Date: 3rd November from St Martins Press

Source: Netgalley

When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she’s furious at him for pretending he doesn’t know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he’s in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick’s in New Hampshire…who did she encounter on the street?

This really was my Halloween read this year – not only because it was creepy as all heck but because I read it in one big gulp during the evening and night, only stopping to ensure the neighbourhood children got their yearly sugar rush. By the end I was  jumping at shadows and sure every noise in the house was something coming to get me – Dead Ringers is a hugely atmospheric and unsettling story best read during the day if you are of a nervous disposition. Really, somebody could have told me that before it was dark….

Tess runs into her ex husband who pretends not to recognise her. Or so she thinks. A phone call later and she knows it was not actually him. Disconcerted but not unduly worried she tells her friend the story – only to discover that her friend, too, apparently has a double. The pair begin to investigate but things are going to get terrifyingly dangerous all too quickly..

I did thoroughly enjoy this one – Christopher Golden really does have a uniquely brilliant way of telling a story to get maximum impact on the senses, Dead Ringers is a deliciously dark and addictive read -one that will stay with you after you are done and not only because of the wonderfully haunting final sentences…

Descriptively speaking it is gorgeous, a real sense of menace and building tension, the author also writes terrific characters that you get a genuine feel for and want them to win out – but like in all good stories you get the impression throughout  that not everything is going to turn out happily ever after. There is a dark fairytale vibe about the narrative plus a taste of  old school horror, where the terror does not necessarily come from what you see in front of you.

One of my favourites of the year – I didn’t think that this author could top Snowblind – a novel I read last year that truly gripped me – but Dead Ringers I think is one that I will remember in those middle of the night waking moments..and wonder for a moment just who might be outside the door..

Highly Recommended.

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