Last Days

Last Days

Book - 2013
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Filmmaker Kyle Freeman is shooting a documentary on the cult The Temple of Last Days, whose members had all been murdered thirty years before. When Kyle interviews those involved in the case, those who haven't broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events plague the shoots. Troubling out-of-body experiences, nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees, and the discovery of ghastly artifacts make Kyle question what exactly it is the cult has awoken...as well as its interest in him.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250018182
1250018188
Branch Call Number: FICTION NEVILL 2013
Characteristics: viii, 530 p. ; 21 cm

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A sumptuous, grimacing read, this slithery narrative takes you from London to France and wraps up in the Sonoran desert. You’ll never again visit Bisbee without looking over your shoulder.


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Redjellydonut
Mar 15, 2017

Adam Nevill's The Ritual and Last Days are among the finest achievements in supernatural horror I've come across in a decade devoted to sussing out the best the of the genre. His writing is tight, vivid, and powerful, whether laying out the inner workings of his characters' hearts and minds or revealing horrors so devastating I had to put the books down for a bit, just to turn on the lights and clear my head. I can't possibly recommend Nevill's work highly enough.

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Rubicat
May 22, 2016

This was one of the creepiest book I've ever read. The darkness and suspense increased steadily. I nearly set it aside several times but I was too curious about how this horrible tale would end to leave it. In the best horror tradition, the end was not truly the end, leaving our imaginations running to all the dark corners.

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Sahallee
Jun 30, 2014

This author continues to be more in command with each book published. He demonstrates accomplished charactor development and technical authenticity. In this work, he verbally paints virtual visions of reality in a world of surreal events.

After 100 pages of Last Days, you may have to take a break to get your breath back. It may not be the only time.

Warning: Nevill is expertly able to manipulate rates of adrenalin flow. Those with weak constitutions best think twice before transgressing these pages.

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wallisthompson
Mar 19, 2014

I am only halfway through the book but I am enjoying it so much I had to post a comment. This novel has excellent balance. The first few lines provide enough juicy macabre detail to totally hook the reader into the story, but as the novel progresses, terrifying scenes are interspersed with normal daylight scenes in a way that reflects real experience. The best thing about this book is that, so far at least, it is profoundly scary without being inescapable, it is twisted but I don't feel like I need a shower after reading. There's more going on than pure violence or horror: the paranormal back story of the cult and the film draws the reader safely through absolute terror. Sometimes, what has been read cannot be unread, and I have deeply regretted reading some disturbing things. Not so with Last Days. This novel is deliciously scary but it doesn't leave a scar.

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daeb
Aug 27, 2013

Thought I would give this author another shot, after reading and really notliking The Ritual. Bad idea. As The Ritual was full off useless info bout hiking, this book is pufed up with boring blather about film making. Character developement is horrible. The book skips from cliche scene to cliche scene with impunity. Rubbish. Oh, and if I ever see the word "fermette" in print again, it will be too soon.

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