They say the Dead don’t tell tales, but it depends on who’s doing the listening……Ever since Sophie Lydon was a little girl she’s been able to speak with the dead, a gift she inherited from her late mother and grandmother. Now it’s just Sophie and her dad, looking after her uncle and the family funeral business. She tries to carry on her mother’s work, the tradition of guiding lost souls into the afterlife, but it’s hard and sometimes scary without her mother’s guidance. And the latest crop of arrivals in the mortuary have something new to say, bringing her disturbing messages from the place between living and dying, the vast hinterland across which all souls must walk. The Long View. A killer has been awoken in the town of High Towers, where Sophie lives. A killer with links to Sophie’s past, a killer known to the voice of The Long View. And it’s coming for Sophie……Welcome to THE LONG VIEW, a new tale of supernatural terror that will chill your blood..
A story so captivating I ate it in a day and a half! Hurst has one hell of a grasp on death and pain and it’s insanely real to read. I was convinced this book was going to be one of my favorite sci-fi reads after starting the first chapter, not even having to finish it.
The Best Comparisons
The book is appropriately flourished with scene-suiting similes and metaphors. Every one leaves me satisfied in a way I didn’t realize other literature was leaving me hungry.
“She had looked back at her like she was awakening from a dream, offering a noncommittal, imposter’s smile by way of reply.” (page 117)
Classifications of villains were never included, so while the Ancient One resembled a demon, the fact that it wasn’t classified as such broadened our spectrum of possibilities. That is, until Hurst described the villain, and that description alone (not the stigma associated with other villains) became the ONLY image we saw of the Ancient One. I absolutely loved that.
And though I perceive The Long View as being Purgatory, Hurst never refers to it as such. So the villains and characters in the book are all associated with Hurst’s imagination of them and I loved it.
Not only does he leave out objective classifiers, but Hurst invents these eerily massive and wretched creature-like villains that lack all humanity and obey only the order of the View. The mention of them had me shriveled in my seat, cowering like a child, begging Sophie not to go to them…
“Hell was busy, the Devil had a new sidekick.” (page 75)
Plot Twists You’ll Never See Coming
I was completely blindsided by the one with Seamus. Bob’s secret didn’t quite shock me so much as it did tie up a loose end. Everything in the book is set up finely for these twists to be unveiled in proper time, but no matter how hard you read into the characters and the story, you’ll likely not see any of it coming.
If you’re up for suspense, horror, and a wicked great ending, pick this up!! You won’t be able to put it down.
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