In the scorching summer of 1976--the hottest on record--Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own.Read more...
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In the scorching summer of 1976--the hottest on record--Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices For Norton, the voices mark an exciting opportunity. Putting his work aside, he begins the project of a lifetime--a grand symphony incorporating the voices--and becomes increasingly obsessed with one voice in particular. Someone who is determined to make themselves heard . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Well-rounded characters and evocative prose distinguish this supernatural thriller from Edgar-finalist Tallis (The Forbidden). Composer Christopher Norton and his pregnant wife, Laura, purchase a home near London’s Hampstead Heath in 1974. During renovations, the builder finds some abandoned items, including a clockwork monkey that Christopher decides to retain so that his child can play with a toy another once cherished. Disturbing events begin when the Nortons’ daughter, Faye, is just two years old. As Christopher works on a movie score, he finds odd noises on his recordings. Laura is terrified when the toddler disappears for a few moments, and remains unnerved when she finds an entranced Faye behind a locked door near the monkey toy. Things only go downhill from there. This haunted house story doesn’t break any new ground, but fans of subtle horror will find a lot to like. Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates (U.K.). (Dec.)