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Friends of the Dusk

Merrily Watkins, Book 14
Lu par : Emma Powell
Série : Merrily Watkins, Volume 13
Durée : 14 h et 41 min

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When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a blown down tree. At the nearby Cathedral, another storm is building around a new bishop who believes that the Church must phase out irrelevant archaic practices.

Not good news for Merrily Watkins, consultant on the paranormal. Especially as she's now presented with the job at its most medieval. A rambling 12th-century house is thought to be haunted. Although its new owners don't believe in ghosts, they do believe in the need for exorcism.

Merrily's discovery of the house's links with the medieval legend of a man who resisted mortality threatens to expose the hidden history of a more modern cult and its trail of insidious abuse.

©2015 Phil Rickman (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Sires
  • 04/04/2016

I Really Enjoyed the Book But Not for Newcomers

I love the Merrily Watkins series but I would beg you if you have not read the prior books in the series that you do not start here. It is not as though you really need to know all of the backstory of Merrily and Lol and Gomer Perry, but it would add to the pleasure of a book that isn't completely horror or completely mystery.

Things are changing at the Hereford Cathedral. Merrily's affable Bishop has retired and the new Bishop is a reformer. In fact he is a fire and brimstone modernist who is calculating how much the Church could make out of selling the 15th Century Vicage of Ledwardine and put the Merrily and her daughter in a semi-detached on a local estate. He also thinks that the Church would do quite well without the post of Diocesan Exocist, Merrily's night job.

So far so good. But while Merrily is coping with these changes as well as her first attempt at calming an interfaith psychic disturbance, there is also the mystery of a stolen archaeological artifact and a couple of murders, as well as an upcoming shake up in Gaol Street. And the ancient, kittenish Miss Athena White meets Huw Owain

Many of the characters in this book have appeared in prior books by Rickman, he even gives a nod by reference to his latest non-Merrily novel--Night After Night. If you know and love the books grab this. If you don't know and love the books yet, go for the first one The Wine of Angels (Merrily Watkins Mysteries).

I bought both the hardcover and the audible book-- The hardcover to put on my shelf and the Audible because I love Emma Powell's narration. She does a good job here as she always does, with these books.

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  • Girlymctx
  • 16/10/2016

Great!

With just 1 suggestion for the Author? I would love for the Author to use proper names more often. Like instead of he, she or they. It would be helpful to know who the characters are referring to when they're discussing a situation or another character. That said, this is one of 12 marvelous books in a series. I just wished it had ended without a cliffhanger. I love Mr. Rickman stories.

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  • katdebrob
  • 20/04/2016

Compelling story; I want the next book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, though I think this series in particular is best enjoyed in the order it was written. The characters are well developed, but they definitely develop in time. The world they inhabit is evocatively drawn. You care about both the people and the place, and walk away with quite a lot to ponder over.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have a favorite, but in this book I was pleased to see Merrily's daughter Jane evolve into a wiser, more self-reflexive person. As always, I enjoy expanding my sense of Huw Owen. I also appreciated the deeper sense of Athena/Anthea White. I found the Aisha Malick character very powerful, for someone who never truly appears in a scene, and her father broke my heart.

What about Emma Powell’s performance did you like?

All of it, I think. She embodies (envoices?) Merrily, Huw, Sophie and Franny Bliss to a degree it's hard to imagine them with any other voice. Her performances of the other characters is equally good, if not quite as distinctive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were a lot of powerful moments in this book. Various events in the family drama at Kumarrow where wrenching and powerful, and the various elements of generation, religion, culture and supernatural all blended to create a feeling of tight unease and growing desperation. The scene in the chapel at Lime Hill wasn't spectacular, event-wise, but it was moving in its depiction of Merrily reaching a place where she was able to see Athena as a fragile person, rather than the deadly spider in the corner. Each one-on-one encounter between Franny Bliss and Charlie Howe strikes me viscerally, not because of Franny's mastery of the event, but because repeatedly, the bad guy wins. And it feels true in my gut.

Any additional comments?

This book is an excellent addition to a great series. I dreaded the end, even as I wanted to reach the final denouement (which of course wasn't fully there...) because I want more- both about what happened in this story, and what happens in Merrily's larger story. That won't come for awhile, I'm afraid. I think that's a good sign: I care about these characters and want to know what happens with them. I can't decide if Rickman is a horrible tease, or a brilliant writer in keeping a lot of that information, like in life, just out of reach.

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  • Sharon
  • 27/03/2016

Oh, come on!

Although a fan of these books, I actually cannot stand the Merrily character with her ceaseless reaching for something to feel guilty about while she bumbles ineffectually around rarely sleeping and even more rarely eating and never accomplishing anything. It's the other characters who keep bringing me back. But everything and everybody fell flat in this latest effort (Gomer never even showed up). Practically every paragraph ended with a cliffhanger, but only one thread is untangled (at least I guess it was, the plot is really muddled). I like for a teensy bit cleaner resolution in my fiction. There were at least five major plot points that were brought up and left hanging, an obvious and rather cheap ploy on the part of an author who is already a big seller. Rather than reach a conclusion after nearly 15 hours, this book just fizzles out and stops.
In other words, don't bother. Re-read one of the old ones.

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  • catFox
  • 03/04/2020

Ugh Make it Stop

This book had none of the usual spookiness and mystical tinge that though it could often border on the laughable still kept things interesting. And I agree with another reviewer: I cannot stand Merrily. Why is she always moping about, wringing her hands over...what exactly? Petty church politics? Jane missing dinner? She is a total bore. I would like her to get possessed by a demon, which, perhaps, would make her interesting. Her relationship with Lol is about as interesting as that between a door and a doorknob. Jane at least has gotten more tolerable with age, less of a shrieking teenager. I couldn't finish this because not only did it meander, I couldn't follow what on god's green earth was going on and I just could not force myself to endure it further.

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  • Alan Yelvington
  • 10/12/2019

A creepy story brilliantly performed!

I’d read this, but needed a diversion at night. I never expected the performance to be so engaging and cost me sleep! A perfect story blending a modern crime mystery with gothic horror. There’s a infinitely thin line between the two worlds, and Rickman is the master of both.

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  • Karen
  • 30/04/2016

What an entertaining series of books!

Where does Friends of the Dusk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd place it in the upper 30%.

What did you like best about this story?

The Merrily Watkins series is very entertaining. The characters come very much to life. Rickman tends to go into great detail in the telling of his stories, often with more than one plot simultaneously, but in the end he pulls them all together and presents a neatly packaged ending.

Have you listened to any of Emma Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to all of the books in the series which are narrated by Emma Powell. She is one of the best narrators I've ever heard - absolutely amazing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, pretty much.