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Summary

A startlingly original horror novel from the author of Hex.

It's one thing to lose your life.

It's another to lose your soul.

When climber Nick Grevers is brought down from the mountains after a terrible accident, he has lost his looks, his hopes and his climbing companion. His account of what happened on the forbidden peak of the Maudit is garbled, almost hallucinogenic. Soon it becomes apparent more than his shattered body has returned: those who treat his disfigured face begin experiencing extraordinary and disturbing psychic events that suggest that Nick has unleashed some ancient and primal menace on his ill-fated expedition.

Nick's partner, Sam Avery, has a terrible choice to make. He fell in love with Nick's youth, vitality and beauty. Now these are gone, and all that is left is a haunted mummy - worse, a glimpse beneath the bandages can literally send a person insane.

Sam must decide: either to flee to America or to take Nick on a journey back to the mountains, the very source of the curse, the little Alpine village of Grimnetz, its soul-possessed Birds of Death and its legends of human sacrifice and, ultimately, its haunted mountain, the Maudit. 

Dutch writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt is a Hugo Award winner and has been hailed as the future of speculative fiction in Europe. His work combines a unique blend of popular culture and fairy-tale myth that is utterly unique. Echo follows his sensational debut English-language novel, Hex.

©2022 Thomas Olde Heuvelt (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"This is totally, brilliantly original." (Stephen King)

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Absolutely chilling

This was such a great horror book with the amazing performance on all acounts. The story was genuinely creepy, with memorable scares and imagery that really freaked me out.

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Brilliantly performed

In summary, I really liked this book and would recommend it. Performances are awesome. As is usual with most novels these days, it could probably have been shorter, there does seem to be repetition which slows the novel down, and is the reason I gave it 4 stars overall, but I really could not 'put it down' and certainly found myself as enchanted by the Modi as the characters in the book.

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Long, hard going, disappointing

I was looking forward to this novel following the excellent hex written by the author, however I found this extremely slow, the characters unlikeable, it was like wading through thick treacle, I couldn’t even finish it, although I sure did try,
If you are deeply into mountaineering and/or love watching paint dry you may like this.

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The Next Stephen King

Sam strives to make sense of his Nick's injuries and his behaviour and can only do so by wading into the supernatural deep.

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Boring, boring, boring...

Lots of talking about trust funds and lifestyles and lavish holidays and it's so boring. Emphatically not a horror, but horrifyingly boring.