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To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, lTh takes him along a treacherous route across Nazi Occupied Europe on the way to the target Berlin that will see him engulfed in a vortex of searchlights and anti aircraft fire as they reach the Dutch coast with the threat of attack by Luftwaffe night fighters along the wayOnce Alec would be at the controls and again he would have theives of his other six crewmen in his hands They were ucky to get this far At the back of the plane his rear gunner had a ife expectancy of forty hours which was about five sorties while the bomb aimer who The Serpent of Venice lay prostrate in the Perspex nose blister possibly had it even worse not only being the most vulnerable and exposed to enemy ack ack fire but also being traumatised by seeing the full horror of the in coming flak and the flames as other planes in the bomber stream were shot down or exploded in mid air The closer the crew came to the completion of their tour so the nervous and apprehensive they became and the author captures the tension of the crew confronting these unpalatable hard facts This atmospheric novel is set in 1952 at a time when rationing was still in force houses were cold and poorly heated by inadeuate coal fires and bedroom windows were iced over in the morning and beds damp to the touch were covered in blankets and coats to provide extra warmth Newly weds Philip and Isabel Carey arrive in the Yorkshire village Philp is an impressive hardworking young doctor who has joined theocal practice and in his methodical way gets straight down to work and doesn t notice that his young wife feels neglected and increasingly marginalised The harder she tries to fit in and get things right the Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, lonely she feels as the weight of expectation of a newly married woman bears down upon herIsabel had grown up aonely only child brought up by her aunt as her parents had disappeared from Singapore to perish in a Japanese concentration camp She had been an academic pupil Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels, living in rural Suffolk and hadived through the war and remembers well the sight and sound and the smell of aviation fuel on the air as the suadrons of bombers took off on their night time missions She put her hands on the cold sill ready to draw her head back inside but a sound arrested her a vibration very far off chafing the air She The Weirdstone of Brisingamen listened for aong time but the sound wouldn t come any closer and wouldn t define itself As it faded it pulled at her teasingly Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (English Edition) like a memory that she couldn t touch until the town was silent When Isabel finds an airman s old greatcoat in the cupboard she throws it over the bed to keep her warm and is soon fantasising about the airman who wore the garment Everything in thisightly nuanced story is Rain (Paper Gods, left to the reader s imagination For instance when Philip finally accepts that his wife is justified in complaining about the cold he sets off for York to buy her an eiderdown which was garishly decorated with roses The reader can see Isabel is not impressed at all This scene compounds what the reader has felt all along that the newly weds are not compatible The story reveals the doctor to beoyal hard working and conscientious but he doesn t understand his wife s Winters Passage (The Iron Fey, loneliness orack of fulfilment She is struggling to accept her new identity as doctor s wife and her mind is soon wandering imagining intimacy with the brave airmanThis story deals with the The Replacement Wife legacy of war and its traumatising effects ofove and Damned (Witch Hunt loss betrayal and recrimination both during the war and in its aftermathIove Helen Dun s sense of time and place in all her novels and her characters are The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines lightly but vividly drawnike Isabel s all seeing all knowing Aunt Jean who knew everything because she was on the parish council Aunt
didn t suffer fools gladly and spoke with authority as she every bit of knowledge to herself and gave it out sparingly to those who deserved it But she is not a busy body at all but a Hot-Blooded Italians lady with a warm heart and compassion and she shows understanding at the high spirited pranks and boisterous antics of the young servicemen who now swamped theocals in the village when enjoying their free time Soon the village was full of airmen there was only our and everyone went there shouting and singing "And Spilling Out Into The "spilling out into the darkness with beer mugs in their handsSome people in the village grumbled about this invasion but not Aunt Jean Strict as she usually was she had endless tolerance for these young men and would take to task those who complained about heavy drinking shadowy couples enlaced by the walls of the village hall or a young flight Mlynowski Teen Thriller lieutenant tearing through the village on his motorbike So many wonderful scenes are graphically drawn black night skies and black painted four engined Lancastersumbering down runways moonlit airfields flare paths Reggie lit by Aldis Lamps steam engines noisily pulling out of stations and much much a wonderfully atmospheric read Right I will start by saying that there are some great reviews of this book which go in to greater detail on the book This as usually is my thoughts and musing after completing reading the bookI will admit that I have heard aot about this book both from the fact it was from Helen Dun an established and renowned author to the fact it was published under the HAMMER name yes the relaunched brand which has also re spawned the film Switchback line of the same name This is a book from aarger and varied selection of titles all published under the HAMMER brand SO as you can imagine I was both eager and a Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, little cautious on reading this book especially when it was presented as a ghost storyThe story itself is very British not maybe as much as the Christmas Ghost stories of MR James and theike since it was based actually in the year of Helen Dun s birth but also the fact it was based during the years immediately after the Second World War a time my parents have told me many a story fromThere is a Belonging (Temptation, lot that can be said about the book but unfortunately it references to the storyline but what I can say is that I agree with some of the reviewers who felt that the ending was rather ambiguous for me I think it was intentionally so however it is easy to see how it could haveeft frustration in that you don t uite know what actually happened I know the supernatural is not meant to be explained away but its never a good idea to If Im Found (If I Run leave confusion in the void thateaves behindOne thing I would say is that although it was incredibly atmospheric I am not sure how chilling a ghost story it was I have read a good few of them and I didn t feel that chill as I have with others It seemed at times Isobel was concerned about fitting in to the CaddyGirls local women of her town than she was explaining all the strange goings on That said the premise is a beautiful one and one I have seen used before the eventsinked to physically item so if you are Assignment looking at a period dramainked to a ghost story then for the 50s I think this story works I am glad I read it now but I am not sure how uickly I would return to read it agai. Ot waiting to come inHis name is Alec and his powerful presence both disturbs and excites her Her initial alarm soon fades and they begin an intense affair But nothing has prepared her for the truth about Alec's ife nor the impact it will have on hers. To be honest the cover probably is the thing that got me to buy the book Sure the blurb about a time slip an RAF ghost and a mystery did help but I can t help it I absolutely No Respect love that cover So it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I write this review It s notike the book is bad it s just not so fantastic that I hoped it to be I did The Spirituality Revolution like the story I just did notove it I found the premise of the story intriguing and it started off good But Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) looking back to reading the book do I have to admit that I did not really fall for the story I wonder if it had been better if it had been to the story It s not a thick book it just takes a couple of hours to read the book So everything moved forward rather uickly getting to know Isabel and the rest of the characters meeting the ghostearning the truth and then the end And sure it s a tragic truth but I never really got to know Alec and I thought that was a miss It would have been wonderful to have Economies and Cultures learned about him through flashbacks Rather than just the first chapter and then through ghostly recollections I wanted to be moved by the book but that never happenedIt s a so so book Iiked it but if feels Designing with Web Standards like it had potential that never was achievedRead this review and others on A Bookaholic Swede If we consider The Novella Club s definition that a novella has fewer than 200 pages then The Greatcoat should certainly be viewed as one And seen as novella rather than novel it might be received better by readers for its slender but powerful story Like James great novella Turn of the Screw The Greatcoat is a ghost story but it s also a romance a story of new marriage and passion found not within but elsewhere Dun creates a subtly haunting dreamy atmosphere that permeates the page and bleeds off into ourives At Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, least it did in mine Somehow she captures the dreamy state women and girls are especially prone to an anticipation of romance of sexualonging of these two being very much intertwined I remember being caught up in this state particularly in the summers when I was age 15 and 16 feasting on Thomas Hardy and Andre This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed itA very atmospheric book with great descriptive writing that allowed me to imagine the scene the author was setting and because I ive in the County the book was set in imagine I didAlthough it is meant to be a ghost story it isn t in the slightest scary but then they don t have to be do they Dun writes so simplistic so it was easy to keep wanting to pick this book up as I didn t have to think too much or get bogged down with too many characters which is nice sometimes if ife is busyI didn t give the full five stars because I felt a First Anthology little disappointed with the ending it just felt a bit abrupt and sudden for meI can see why members of my bookclub enjoy her books and I wouldike to read some of her workOverall a very enjoyable read 0 Another alleged ghost story but not uite a ghost story It is set in 1954 in the East Riding of Yorkshire amongst the old airfields of world war two now abandoned and beginning to crumble Dun write well about Britain just after the war with rationing still in place and in a small town The shadows of the war are Releasing The Power Within Through Spiritual Dynamics long and still strong It is a straightforward story Isabel and Philip are newly married Philip is a newly ualified doctor and they have moved into their first flat together in a strange new town Philip whilst caring is a man who feels his wife should not work Isabel is in a new town with no friends and feels a bitike a piece of china wrapped in cotton wool There is also a strange and rather uncommunicative andlady The flat is cold we are before central heating "And Isabel Finds An Old Army Greatcoat "Isabel finds an
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army greatcoat a cupboard Using the greatcoat for Isabel starts to dream and one evening hears a knock on the window Outside is a young airman who seems to want to come in Initially she does not et him in Philip is out on night calls Eventually one evening she Science, Technology and Culture lets him in Isabel often walks during the day and a few miles away is an abandoned airfield which she occasionally explores One day it is a fully working airfield I think at this point I might have uestioned in some way what was happening perhaps even sought help The airman is called Alec and is the pilot of a Lancaster bomber it is a bomber base nearby An affair develops The reader is given some clues about what is going on and the timeline is all over the place It didn t at any time seemike a ghost story although there were chilling momentsThere are a few good unveiling moments and Dun does capture some aspects of post war The Road to Einsteins Relativity life very well and the description of the derelict airfield is very good The portrait of Philip an essentially good man who wants to help society but who is constrained by his upbringing and his notions of what a woman should be and do is very well written He is trapped by the dominant ideology and unable to think outside of it Isabel recognizes this and when an opportunity seems to present itself she takes it There is a choice to be made at the end as Isabel begins to see what is happening On the whole though the story is without real depth and there are too many plot contrivances which solve aittle problem Reception has been variable and I suppose that reflects how I feel about it It was ok but no SPOILERS Set in post war North England a newly married couple settle into their first flat which is a cold and cramped place below their Black Boy landlady whose footsteps resound above them as she paces constantly The main character Isabel one night finds a greatcoat as worn by RAF officers in WW2 and in a desperate bid to keep warm she puts it on and soon falls asleep But shortly after she begins wearing it there is a tapping on her window and a mysterious figure appears in the night She becomes confused as she realises it s someone she seems to know or does she Hammer Horror have moved into publishing by commissioning horror novels to be written byiterary writers and then adapting them into movies Sounds Nighttime Sweethearts like a great idea no It is unless you hire writers who can write horror and Helen Dun can t The book is uite short at just under 200 pages and can be read uickly as Dun can write well but most of the novel could ve been cut down toittle than a short story Most of the book is taken up with descriptions of Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire life in post war Britain with rationing still in force as well as the trepidations of a young woman thrust into the role of homemaker and wife Then there are the domestic details such as the nuances of being married to a country doctor s wife very AJ Cronin followed by descriptions of walks in the country Scared yet The creepy factor begins once Isabel finds the greatcoat and starts wearing it daily but even then any shred of horror is dispelled with the overfamiliarity of the characters interactions almost immediately The reader meanwhile iseft puzzled with what this could mean unless they ve read horror before Could the weir. In the winter of 1952 Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her husband Philip a GP With Philip spending Safe in My Arms long hours on call Isabel finds herself isolated andonely as she strives to adjust to the realities of married Presunta colpevole lifeWoken by int. D guy dressed in WW2 gear tapping on a window in the middle of the night talking about flying out on a mission shortly despite the war being over for years could he be a g g g g ghost Ding Dun thinks that having put this element into the story that this ualifies it as horror except the ghost isn t scary He s not out to kill or have revenge or anything really he just wants to spend time with Isabel They drink they talk they share bike rides and inevitably they fall inove What s frustrating is why Isabel accepts all of this without uestioning it why isn t she asking herself how this man knows her so well why is he talking about flying missions over Germany why is she going along with any of this nonsense Dun s Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem lack of storytelling ability in this regard is why I think the book fails She can t build tension or even a strong ghost story withouteaving out elements that point strongly to the reveal at the end There are no twists or turns once the RAF man is introduced it s all over you know what s going to happen it s just a matter of turning the pages until it s finished I was hoping for an imaginative horror novel and it didn t have to be a ghost story but as it was I expected than was here Anyone thinking of buying this should note it s not a horror novel there just happens to be a ghost in it If Hammer do film this then it Safe Words ll be a very dreary movie It s essentially aove story where the guy happens to be a ghost you know who would be great for the soundtrack The Righteous Brothers Hey wait If you are wondering I didn t read this book uickly because it was good or gripping or had me racing to the end because of anticipation and sheer horror No I finished it uickly because the writing was so simplistic I slipped through it in a rush and reached the end thinking Reallyis thatitIt didn t feel His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, like the ending of a book it feltike the ending of a chapter This beautiful uote The most elegant flesh creeper since The Woman in Blackfrom the Times really misled me So did the pages of other uotes that I really wish I spent time reading then again what book tells people about it s criticisms Elegant Maybe ok you earned a star for th As you all know I The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, love a ghost story and The Greatcoat started off as a very good example of the genre perfect for those times when you want a book you can instantly get stuck into and devour in one sitting It centres on Isabel a young woman who has recently married and moved to an unfamiliar Yorkshire town with her husband Philip a doctor Struggling with the boredom andoneliness of her new role as a housewife Isabel is repeatedly drawn to an abandoned airfield just outside the town Then she finds an old RAF greatcoat at the back of a cupboard and on the same night a mysterious but strangely fascinating man knocks on the kitchen window while Philip is sleeping So begins a very strange affair and a series of haunting events which seem to have no rational explanation Dun s writing is excellent throughout creating a cold tense atmosphere and making you sympathise with Isabel I was sucked into the story and all set to give the book a four star review But then then I came to What a haunting chilling yet beautifully constructed ghost story I had never heard of this before picking it up but I m SO g Abandoned wartime airfields in uiet and Pursuit of Justice lonely ruralocations retain a haunting sense of the past Today the roar of bombers has been replaced by birdsong and the concrete Runways By Harvest Fields Of Waving Corn by harvest fields of waving corn many of the perimeter roads and buildings still exist today in some shape or form These sites don t just provide moments of uiet reflection for countryside wayfarers but opportunities for writers to indulge their imaginations in wartime nostalgia imagining exciting young Dangerous to Touch lives filled with romance and conflictove and tragedy At the end of the war the airfields were abandoned and slowly given back to nature but for many people the dramas that *had played out ived onThe story is told through Isabel who dreams * played out ived onThe story is told through Isabel who dreams her childhood in rural Suffolk where she had woken night after night to the thunder of Lancasters overhead as they took off from the airfield The noise seemed to go on for hours before the Rodeo Daughter last of the aircraft throbbed beyond her hearing They came over soow and heavy that it seemed they must My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze lose their grip on the air and plunge downoaded with bombs onto the sleeping village She stared up at the belly of the aircraft that was passing over and then she could see through metal too and there were the men the pilot Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses like a coal hever at the controls the flight engineer alongside him helping to push the throttles forward to get theaden beast into the night sky During WW2 in excess of 400 new airfields were constructed mainly in Eastern England and at the height of the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany in 1942 a new airfield was opening every three days These aerodromes appeared A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, like mushrooms overnight and within a matter of a few weeks as many as three thousand people service personnel and civilian had moved in The air crewsived in very basic accommodation blocks and Nissen huts and civilians were employed in the medical centres parachute stores mess halls and canteens and ground crew and engineers in the workshops and hangars Life on these airfields was hectic and adrenaline fuelled tense and nerve wracking for crews and dramatically exciting for the young people thrown together determined "TO CELEBRATE LIFE WHILST CONFRONTING THE TERRIFYING PROSPECT OF "celebrate My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, life whilst confronting the terrifying prospect of death The Greatcoat is an absorbing story that so closely resembles my Mother s own tragic experience ofove and Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, loss and her bitter sweet wartime romance and a shortived marriage to an RAF airman that I read the story in one sitting And I have returned to it many times since as the writing The Baby Album left such a deep powerful imprint Helen Dun who sadly diedast year was a master at recapturing the spirit of time and place and in this short novella she brilliantly evokes the nightmare of combat seen Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose largely through the eyes of the young women the aircrewseft behindBeing of the same age as the writer I understood from where this novel sprang My parents had Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., lived through World War Two and my grandparents World War One so her childhoodike mine reverberated with tales told by parents friends and neighbours all vivid memories some utterly traumatic of their own recent wartime experiences The setting is a wartime airfield in the East Riding of Yorkshire where Alec pilot officer of Lancaster K Katie and his crew are preparing for bombing mission number 27 which would Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, leave just three remaining sorties to complete their tour of duty Lancaster bomber crews had shorterife expectancy than almost any other servicemen and Alec knew the stats were stacking against them They had barely survived a previous perilous mission to Berlin and now in the final hours after briefing Alec is doing all that he can to avoid dwelling on the mission ahead knowing full well his flight pa. Ense cold one night she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard Sleeping under it for warmth she starts to dream And not ong afterwards while her husband is out she is startled by a knock at her windowOutside is a young RAF pil.
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