The Absence Author:Bill Hussey It was a tragic accident. That's what his family told Joe Nightingale, but the boy is tormented by sinister visions of his mother's death. Seven months after the fatal car crash, the Nightingales learn they have inherited an old house from a distant relative, the reclusive Muriel Sutton. Hoping to escape the shadows of the past, they decide to s... more »pend the summer at Daecher's Mill. But darker shadows await them...Who are the guests that have been brought here over the years? Why did the late Muriel Sutton murder her little sister, Alice? And what is the connection between Joe and this lonely Fenland millhouse? Something is moving in the attic. It looks and sounds like a little girl, but its eyes are old and its voice runs like water...It is a weaver of shadows. A creature of Absence...« less
An okay thriller. The Absence told the story of a very dysfunctional family and how each family member's guilt played into an ancient and evil presence at an old mill house in the Fens of England. I would give this one a marginal recommendation although I thought the story was a little long-winded and overplayed its premise of the absence. The novel reminded me somewhat of James Herbert's horror stories although I enjoyed Herbert's novels much more.
The flawed characters are explored and drawn exceptionally well which is something I find lacking in most modern horror tales and the reason I find most of them ho-hum. These teens and their dad have some major tragedy and guilt weighing them down and it is very believably written. You can feel tension in every exchange as well as the pain and raw emotion behind it.
When the three head out to the old secluded millhouse to reconnect you just know things can't possibly end well. I don't want to spoil things for future readers so I won't go into the plot just trust me it's one of those rare books that gets under your skin. Fantastic read.