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The Damned by Andrew Pyper
  

The Damned

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I’m ashamed to say that this is the first of Pyper’s eight novels I’ve read. It certainly won’t be the last. Thankfully it’s never too late to discover a new writer. And what a writer Pyper is. His prose is crisp and incredibly effective, seemingly unadorned and no-nonsense but able to throw arresting and down-right unsettling images at you in an almost offhand way (watch out for the frozen river). His other huge talent is to ground the supernatural in brilliantly drawn naturalistic settings (in this book a richly rendered Detroit) and have it affect people who are so real you can absolutely trust their reactions. And that’s what makes the horror of what is going on all the more powerful.

Danny Orchard has died more than once. He’s made a living out his book that described his experience of what came After. Touring his book he has discovered more people who have died and come back (they form an odd and downbeat underground). Danny had (or has) a twin sister, Ashleigh, who died when they were teenagers. But Ash is jealous of Danny’s life and haunts him. To rid himself of her Danny must discover what happened the night she died. Pyper’s afterlife and his ghosts are originally and vividly done and with The Damned they adorn a gripping thriller laced with dread. If you like the psychological twists of Gillian Flynn and the supernatural chills of Adam Nevill this will be impossible to put down. ~ Simon Spanton

If you like Andrew Pyper you might also like to read books by Patricia Tyrrell, Nicholas Evans and Michelle Paver.

Synopsis

The Damned by Andrew Pyper

Ashleigh and Danny Orchard are twins, not that you'd ever tell by looking at them - Danny distant and shy, Ash beautiful and accomplished. But there's a secret in the Orchard house: Ash is a monster, a psychopath who can feel only through bringing others pain. When Ash and Danny are caught in a fire on their 16th birthday, both of them die. But only Danny comes back. Since then, Ash has haunted Danny, denying him any form of normal life ...or love. When Danny meets Willa and her son Eddie he glimpses the life he could have without Ash. To stop her from ruining his new-found happiness, Danny must venture into the frightening underworld of Detroit, where he will unearth the mystery of the night his and Ash's fates changed for ever. Dark and compelling, THE DAMNED is a story of how heaven and hell aren't about death, but about the decisions we make in life.

Reviews

'Pyper is a master architect of dread ... Compulsive and nerve-jangling' -- Lauren Beukes, author of THE SHINING GIRLS

'An intense and satisfying supernatural story ... underlines Pyper's growing reputation as one of the most talented successors to the inimitable Stephen King - a reputation burnished by his 2014 bestseller THE DEMONOLOGIST' DAILY MAIL

'this reads like Blythe Spirit rewritten by Stephen King - a fabulously chilling combination' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'This book will keep sleep firmly at bay' FINANCIAL TIMES

'As well-written as it is chill-inducing. The more terrifying and unnerving aspects of the novel - and there are many - are just as important as the human element. Damned scary' USA TODAY

'Prepare yourself for a sleepless night or two ... smart, suspenseful and absolutely terrifying ... Pyper has the unique ability to take us to the darkest places and convince us that the things we find there are not only entirely possible and real, but that we might just take some piece of them back with us once we close the cover and turn out the lights' Jennifer McMahon, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE WINTER PEOPLE

About the Author

Andrew Pyper

Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a BA and an MA in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. He is the author of four bestselling novels, including THE GUARDIANS and LOST GIRLS. He is also the winner of the ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD.

Author photo © Heidi Pyper

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Publication date

8th September 2016

Author

Andrew Pyper

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Horror
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781409149187

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