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Τρομερή Ομορφιά

Σ' ένα αγρόκτημα στη νότια Ιρλανδία ανακαλύπτονται σε ομαδικό τάφο τα οστά έντεκα διαμελισμένων γυναικών, θαμμένα πριν από 80 χρόνια. Η αστυνόμος Κέιτι Μαγκουάιρ είναι συνηθισμένη στο αίμα και τη φρίκη, όμως αυτό το μακελειό ξεπερνάει κάθε φαντασία. Όταν αρχίζουν να εμφανίζονται νέα θύματα, δολοφονημένα με τον ίδιο τελετουργικό τρόπο, όλα δείχνουν ότι κάποιος ανέλαβε να συΣ' ένα αγρόκτημα στη νότια Ιρλανδία ανακαλύπτονται σε ομαδικό τάφο τα οστά έντεκα διαμελισμένων γυναικών, θαμμένα πριν από 80 χρόνια. Η αστυνόμος Κέιτι Μαγκουάιρ είναι συνηθισμένη στο αίμα και τη φρίκη, όμως αυτό το μακελειό ξεπερνάει κάθε φαντασία. Όταν αρχίζουν να εμφανίζονται νέα θύματα, δολοφονημένα με τον ίδιο τελετουργικό τρόπο, όλα δείχνουν ότι κάποιος ανέλαβε να συνεχίσει το έργο έπειτα από οκτώ δεκαετίες. Κι έχει διαλέξει την Κέιτι ως το επόμενο θύμα του.Ό,τι κι αν είναι αυτό που συνέβη κάποτε σ’ αυτό το γραφικό χωριουδάκι, συμβαίνει ξανά. Και δεν είναι απλώς μια σειρά από ειδεχθή εγκλήματα. Είναι μια απόκρυφη παράδοση.Ο Graham Masterton παντρεύει τους παλιούς θρύλους της Ιρλανδίας με τη σύγχρονη σκληρή αστυνομική λογοτεχνία και δημιουργεί ένα αξέχαστο μεταφυσικό θρίλερ....

Title : Τρομερή Ομορφιά
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ISBN : 9789604363520
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Τρομερή Ομορφιά Reviews

  • Jaline
    2018-09-19 00:38

    1. Set up your blender and make sure it is unplugged.2. Throw in a pile of 80 year old bones from 11 women that have been stripped of all flesh.3. Add little “dollies” with old screws and nails in them threaded through holes drilled in the tops of the thigh bones.4. The recipe also calls for two more young women, and the flesh must be stripped before death, if possible.5. The recipe also calls for a live woman – someone in a position of power, like Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire.6. Add drownings and near drownings.7. Add a car bomb and exploding people.8. Add a person in a coma and another person anchored by their arms while a car takes off with the feet attached to it.9. Include some throat slicing and one dead of it, one survivor of it.10. Add in ancient myths, the bombing of the Lusitania, and a pinch of magical realism.11. Shake ever so gently or stir with care.This is White Bones and it will scare you silly. The writing is excellent; the pace is so fast, your metabolism will double its normal rate and you will lose 5 lbs.Whatever you do, do not plug in and turn on your blender.

  • Mary Beth
    2018-10-09 01:48

    Almost 4.5 stars! A good supernatural horror mystery but not for every one! Very grotesque but also scary! If you can handle a lot, and nothing gets to you this one is for you! Its about Superintendent Detective Katie Maguire tries to solve an ancient ritual which is very ominous and scary.

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2018-09-21 05:34

    I really like this book for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's nice to have a crime writer who is not scared to get a bit gory in their writing, perhaps because Graham Masterton was a writer of horror prior to turning his hand to crime had something to do with this. I say this because there are a few scenes in this great book that would make some people a touch uncomfortable. Okay, maybe really uncomfortable.I lived in Co. Cork in Ireland many years ago so was familiar with the "Cork lingo" used in the book such as the use of the word "so" at the end of some sentences, this is a common word used in the context of "are you alright so?" but I imagine some readers might think that this book was poorly edited, it's not, it's authentic to Cork slang (there is a glossary of Cork slang at the back of the book). The book centres around a mass grave of jumbled bones that are found on farmland in Ireland and DCI Katie Maguire's relentless pursuit of the killer/killers. The book incorporates some interesting Irish folklore that many may think is not believed today, but in parts of Ireland superstition and folklore still abounds, it's like a country stuck in a time bubble in some regions in fact, it's also one of my favourite places on earth. The plot is interesting, with pace from the onset to hook you in, it twists and turns, it makes you squeamish in quite a few scenes. I know some reviewers have commented that this book has an unrealistic storyline, however anyone who has lived in Ireland and knows the history of folklore belief may not think quite so far fetched. It's entertaining and easy to read and I enjoyed reading it very much. I will be looking for the next in the series featuring DCI Katie Maguire. Oh and just when I thought I had worked out who was the killer/s, I was wrong, the book beat me. Book 1, Me 0. Oh and the ending is good, can't say why, it just is. I can't spoil it for you.

  • Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
    2018-10-01 05:46

    Αγόρασα και διάβασα αυτό το βιβλίο το 2012, σχεδόν με το που κυκλοφόρησε στην Ελλάδα. Τον προηγούμενο μήνα το έκανα μια δεύτερη ανάγνωση-κυρίως φρεσκάρισμα- περισσότερο επειδή πλησίαζε πια η κυκλοφορία των Πληγωμένων Αγγέλων, της δεύτερης περιπέτειας της αστυνόμου Katie Maguire. Να σημειώσω πάντως πως απ' όσο γνωρίζω κάτι τέτοιο δεν είναι αναγκαίο. Οι ιστορίες δεν έχουν καμία σύνδεση και τα λίγα σχετικά έχουν να κάνουν με την προσωπική ζωή της Katie. (Με σχετική επιφύλαξη, πάντα).Η ''τρομερή ομορφιά'' συνεχίζει να κρατάει τον συγγραφέα στους πολυαγαπημένους μου. Δεν είναι κλασικό βιβλίο τρόμου, με την κλασική Masterton έννοια. Είναι μια αστυνομική ιστορία που μπλέκει ένα ιστορικό γεγονός από το μακρινό 1915 και κομμάτια της Κέλτικης μυθολογίας , η οποία μου αρέσει πολύ. Σε πολλά σημεία μάλιστα, καταφέρνει να τρομάξει πολύ περισσότερο από παλιότερα βιβλία του, (πχ Δαίμονες της Νορμανδίας/Καθρέφτης), παρά τα αλλόκοτα πλάσματα που καραδοκούν εκεί. Έχω κάποιες μικρές ενστάσεις μόνο με την Λούσι (spoiler, δεν μπορώ να πω περισσότερα!) καθώς και με μερικούς δευτερεύοντες χαρακτήρες που έμειναν κάπως άχρωμοι. Παραμένει ωστόσο ένα πάρα πολύ ωραίο βιβλίο.

  • Janet
    2018-09-28 01:43

    A book that has been sitting on my Kindle for a while and recently brought to my attention again, I thought it was high time I went in.Bones are discovered on Meagher's Farm. These though are dismembered bones of eleven women in total. A high number for one discovery in a land where folklore and mythical legend is rife and stories of old carry though for hundreds of years. The discovery is a gruesome one and is put into the hands of Detective Superintendent Kate Maguire. Focusing on violent and gory rituals from the past the story then shifts to a young girl who is kidnapped and tortured in the extreme. It's at this point that I realised Masterton is a horror writer of old and it really shows in these scenes. Unremittingly violent and gruesome it reminded me of slasher movies that aren't really my thing. In fact, I almost got the feeling that Masterton enjoyed writing those scenes such is the detail present. I'm not easily shocked but at times the book felt more like a horror book than crime and I'm not convinced it really worked here. The folklore angle is interesting enough with Ireland giving plenty of material to dip into but the storyline did feel a tad unrealistic at times with Maguire being thrown into one endless scenario after another. I mean how much can one woman take?!! Seriously?! Without a bit of a meltdown ensuing?!! The story is pacy and definitely keeps interest levels high but it does veer slightly into 'wow, that supernatural ending actually happened' territory. I've definitely got mixed feelings about this book. There's some good storytelling no doubt. I really enjoyed the Cork, Irish setting. I found that really interesting and the mythical legend stuff stayed on the right side of fantasy for my tastes! But I wasn't blown away by it and may leave it a while before I move onto book two. It certainly gives fodder for book group discussion.... I'll say that much!!

  • Claire
    2018-09-19 02:38

    I did really enjoy this book and probably would have given it four stars except for the fact that the plot became a little too preposterous at the end. The central character Katie Maguire was great and the sub-plot around her marriage was an interesting addition. The story flowed really well, albeit with some pretty gruesome moments, right up until the end which seemed really rushed and was the point at which things became a little bit ridiculous particularly in the solving of the case involving the original eleven women's murders. Also, although managing to guess the final twist in terms of 'who done it' would be pretty impressive the introduction of the murder was so obviously suspicious that it was clear they had to be involved and in some ways it didn't completely keep you guessing. Despite all that, it was a really easy read, well written and captivating enough that I couldn't put it down.

  • Petra
    2018-10-10 00:54

    White Bones introduces Detective Katie Maguire. When the bones of 11 women are found on an isolated farm in County Cork in Ireland, Katie is initially told to drop the case as the deaths date back to 1915. But then a young American tourist goes missing and her body turns up on the same farm. I've been hesitant for a while now to start this series because of the mixed reviews and mentions of 'supernatural', but it turned out to be a really solid Irish crime procedural and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot centers around old Irish folklore/myths rather than the paranormal elements I was expecting and that added a really interesting aspect to the story. Mr. Masterton has previously written horror novels and while this certainly shines through, I didn't find any of the details overly gory, but I think more sensitive readers may. The author also provides plenty of background on the main character of Katie Maguire. By the end of the book, you really feel you have a good picture of her as a person. She has to work hard as a female in a very conservative, male dominated environment and her personal life is under scrutiny which isn't helping her marriage. The audiobook narration was done really well, and I appreciate that the narrator must have had a very difficult time switching from characters with Irish dialect to American accents. I loved the Irish lilt, the American accent felt a bit off (sorry). If you enjoy rather sinister thrillers in an Irish setting and would like to explore some Irish history and Celtic mythology, I would definitely recommend White Bones.

  • Dani Jade
    2018-09-23 06:30

    My copy of this is called 'White Bones', (rather than 'A Terrible Beauty') which is a much better, more fitting, name in my opinion.Anyway, I really enjoyed this novel. It perfectly walked the line between crime and thriller, it was descriptive and gruesome but not off-puttingly so, and the plot and Irish mythology was interesting. The MC, Katie Maguire, was awesome, despite her terrible taste in men (legit hated that husband). She was smart, tough, hardworking and badass but still kind, empathetic and generous. When a farmer uncovers a pile of bones hidden in his fields, Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is called to the case. When it's discovered the bones are a hundred years old, the case is put on the back burner... until a brand new set of recent bones turns up on the same farm. With the same distinctions as the first set... information that was not released to the press. Katie must figure out what's going on and catch the killer before another girl dies, whilst simultaneously dealing with her own issues- her husband's started doing business with a notorious criminal.I've not read any of Masterton's horror novels (though I intend to) so I can't compare, but I imagine his experience with those contributed to the crimes in this novel- they're pretty full on. This is the first in a series (of currently nine, I believe) and it a series I can see myself slowly working my way through.

  • Infada Spain
    2018-10-01 03:53

    Όσο κι αν αγαπώ την Ιρλανδία και τα βιβλία που διαδραματίζονται εκεί, δεν μπορώ να πω πως απολαμβάνω να διαβάζω τόσο τρομακτικές περιγραφές ωμής βίας...είχα καιρό να πηδήξω τόσα πολλα κεφάλαια!Δεν νομίζω, βέβαια, πως θ' αντισταθώ στον πειρασμό να διαβάσω κι ό,τι ακόμα πέσει στα χέρια μου από Masterton και Katie Maguire.

  • Denise
    2018-10-16 22:52

    On a farm in Cork, Ireland, the skeletons of 11 women are found. According to the medical examiner, the flesh was meticulously stripped from their bones before the remains were buried. The Garda already fears a serial killer when it turns out that the bodies have been in the ground since 1915 and Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is ordered to drop the case. She can't shake the feeling that she should keep investigating, however - and when but a few days later the remains of a fresh victim, following the same MO as the historical case, are found on the very same farm, it becomes clear that whatever happened here in the past is about to repeat itself. I'm really not squeamish when it comes to graphic violence and grisly murders in fiction, but there were a few scenes here that almost made this the first book to ever make me throw up. Definitely not for anyone with a weak stomach. I guessed the identity of the murderer a while before any of the characters did, but nevertheless found the book hard to put down. Good series opener, will be back for more.

  • Effie
    2018-09-26 05:33

    3,5 αστέριαΑπό τα βιβλία που διαβάζονται με μια ανάσα. Η ιστορία τρέχει σα νερό από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος. Ο ρυθμός είναι καταιγιστικός και όμως δεν κουράζει καθόλου. Τα γεγονότα εξελίσσονται στην Ιρλανδία, μια χώρα που πάντα ήθελα να επισκεφτώ και ο Masterton με έκανε να νιώσω σα να ήμουν εκεί. Όσο διάβαζα, είχα συνεχώς ένα χάρτη δίπλα μου και ταξίδευα κι εγώ μαζί με την Katie. Ο λόγος που δεν παίρνει 5 αστέρια είναι γιατί οι χαρακτήρες γύρω από την Katie είναι αδιάφοροι και δε μου άρεσε ο τρόπος που χειρίστηκε τη Λούσι. (view spoiler)[ Με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα ότι ήταν intersex, αλλά δυστυχώς έχει χρησιμοποιηθεί σαν plot twist και όχι σαν πραγματικός άνθρωπος.(hide spoiler)]. Θα περίμενα κάτι τέτοιο αν το βιβλίο είχε γραφτεί 50-60 (τουλάχιστον) χρόνια πριν, αλλά τέτοια δαιμονοποίηση εν έτη 2003 είναι απαράδεκτη. Επίσης το τέλος ήταν πολύ γλυκανάλατο.Σίγουρα πάντως είναι ένα βιβλίο που αξίζει να διαβάσει κανείς ταξιδεύοντας στην Ιρλανδία και θέλω να βρω παρόμοια βιβλία και για άλλες χώρες.

  • Mole
    2018-10-02 23:25

    To my mind the ghoulishness of the book got in the way of the believability of the plot. Are we supposed to believe that the victims would love through so much torture? And that the killer would get rid of the university expert in such an absurdly messy, time consuming, and from his point of view, dangerous way - why not shoot or stab him?And why was the hermaphrodite twist necessary? But well written and certainly a page turner.

  • Lila
    2018-10-02 06:34

    Uh.This is my first Masterton and despite him being known more for his horror work, I decided to go with this series as it seems to be what author is currently focused on. I went into it completely blind but familiar with author's name enough to know he is a fairly big deal which is why the mediocrity of this novel surprised me. Only stand out, or at least memorable scenes are the torture/murder scenes that are quite gory which says a lot about what are Masterton's strengths. Characterization, though, is not. At least not in this novel. Main character, Katie McGuire, as first female superintendent should have been great detective. We are told several times, through other characters in the back that she is one. And yet the shoddy work from her department, callousness of her boss in light of disappearance of new girl and literally the most obvious bad guy ever whom Katie didn't even see coming. I know I can get too sensitive about this because of my line of work, but even if I decide to ignore procedure part, I am still baffled by lack of judgement from main character. Her personal drama (which I am reluctant to call personal only because it felt so impersonal) was a big part of the story as well- I didn't really feel connected because conflicts seem contrived and they lack longterm consequences... Something that would promise to come to haunt Katie in the future is tied up with a bow in the end which negated every risk she took. Apart from that, I was mostly annoyed how something really bad and big happens in her personal life and yet she gets over it so quick and it didn't addressed in next scene at all. I'll give you an example: in an endearing scene we get to meet Katie's dad, who is a former cop. We also through one sentence get to know that she has brothers."But none of her six brothers had wanted to be gardaí, and she alone had seen how deep her father’s disappointment was."It's a big family, right? You would expect they'd appear when, I don't know, she barely survives car accident or there is a huge explosion at her house, not to mention (view spoiler)[her husband dies. (hide spoiler)]. Well, no. Her dad was there as an authorial tool to give Katie a nudge when her investigation stuck- which is a fabricated bond and I am not surprised author forgot all about them. There is also a thing that occurs throughout entire book that wasn't explained: Katie sees flock of crows which I guess was supposed to be bad omen. But combined with her nagging feeling that "something bad is coming" just before the murder and hallucinations around ritual... I am not sure if author wanted us to think this is a procedural with supernatural elements? I think the final nail in the coffin for me was revealing the killer's motive because it's demonizing the very hard struggle (view spoiler)[intersex people have about their identity (hide spoiler)]. So, all in all, I was disappointed, but ymmv..

  • Fatherofdragons
    2018-10-11 06:44

    The special thing about that book is the balancing act between the Crime and Thriller genre and the mystic wind that is blowing around all the time.Without getting lost in details the author manages it to create a lot of empathy for the Detective and main character in this story. He uses a lot of just slightly touched infos about her, mixed with a nearly stream of consciousness like insight to her feelings.I seldomly felt more connected to a protagonist in a story.I really enjoyed the dark and dilapidated drawing of the characters in the book-> most of them had a stroke of fate, some personal problems; all these things that just enter everyone's life, if you like it or lump it. Therefore the whole story transported a really authentic feeling.The depiction of violence is sometimes stronger than in a typical crime novel, but definitely not nearing a horror-porn like status!It just evolves the right feeling of suspension and empathy for the reader.What is wonderful about the book is the lot of information aboutIreland(Cork) and CelticMythology(especially more sinister versions of fairies and mermaids you ever heard of,I guess!^^)that resonates withinh the story.There is a chance that you feel protracted to visit Ireland and enjoy the, by the book passed on, lifestyle of the people living there; or maybe you feel the need to do a bit of research in the celtology sector.Another aspect worth mentioning is the feminist one, of a woman who has to hold her ground in a men's profession.And this happens without a too devastating negative connotation, but also without the romantic heroine martyr style!This is also a strong benefit to the credibility of the story and it is fun to read!Who is the ritual murderer is really hard to guess for a long time and therefore it is suspense-packed to nearly the end.Also the romantic/lovestory aspect someone could expect by a female protagonist is really subtle and not too unambiguous and therefore offers an enjoyable warm note to the cold setting of the story.Everybody who enjoys a sinister thriller with celtic/mythological embedded in Ireland and with small sidetrips to physically harder scenes --> get your copy! :)

  • LJ
    2018-10-19 02:35

    Masterton, Graham – A Terrible Beauty – VG"There are things I need to know... On a farm in southern Ireland, the dismembered bones of eleven women are found in a common grave, buried eight decades ago. Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire is used to bloodshed, but this ivory litter of human remains is unimaginable butchery. Of other worlds apart from this... In isolated darkness not far away, an American tourist is at the mercy of a serial killer. His tools are a boning knife, twine, and a doll fashioned from nails and fishhooks. The murder of his victims is second only to the pleasure of their pain. Darker places inhabited by evil monstrosities... As an eighty-year-old mystery unfolds, so does a modern-day ritual that's marked Katie Maguire as its next victim. For what happened once in this small picturesque village is happening again. It's more than a series of horrifying crimes. It's tradition. Take me there. "A old mass grave is discovered in Ireland with the bones of eight women, but new deaths are starting to occur. Masterton is a writer of horror, and there is one particularly graphic chapter I mainly skimmed, but the story was compelling in spite of a few obvious clues and a slightly weak ending.

  • Dianne
    2018-10-11 01:25

    This was ok in that it is like watching one of those cop programmes - say CSI - on tv, and then towards the end you realise that you have lost a precious hour of your life to this horror and drivel. Well, there you are. It is horror and drivel and I could hardly wait to finish it, so I hardly put it down. Well written, nicely set in Ireland, but gratuitously horrific detail (much of which I skipped) of the 'crime' and - well, I often feel that authors are not writing for readers anymore, but they are hoping that some TV or movie executive will spot the horror drivel components and see how it might transfer reasonably effortlessly into yet another mini-series or post watershed tv movie. I wouldn't recommend it unless you love blood, gore and new and more novel ways of representing and describing human depravity and suffering.

  • Books n AllJill Burkinshaw
    2018-10-04 05:26

    Excellent thriller the stuff of nightmares. This is definitely a 'hard to put down' book my only complaint is that it lost something towards the end and I am still a little confused who actually did the removing of flesh and I am also sceptical about the length of time someone could actually live with such pain before dying from shock and the ending where I was supposed to believe there was a possibility of actually raising a witch ????? Having said that it is a good read well written I just don't 'do' science fiction/fantasy/mystery.

  • Νίκος Μ
    2018-10-09 22:34

    3.5

  • Maria Altiki
    2018-09-28 23:30

    O Masterton δημιούργησε ένα κράμα αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας, τρόμου, φαντασίας και κέλτικων μύθων. Αν σου αρέσουν όλα αυτά και δεν έχεις θέμα με την μεγάλη ποσότητα ωμής βίας και αίματος θα το απολαύσεις. Εμένα μου φάνηκε ιδιαίτερο και πρωτότυπο με αρκετό σασπένς αλλά κατά τα άλλα δεν ξετρελάθηκα. Το σίγουρο όμως είναι ότι δύσκολα το άφηνα από τα χέρια μου και θα διαβάσω οπωσδήποτε και το επόμενο. Έχω την αίσθηση ότι αν δεν είχε τόσες περιγραφές για τον βασανισμό και την δολοφονία των θυμάτων, αν δεν είχε τόσο αίμα γενικότερα θα μου άρεσε περισσότερο.

  • comfort
    2018-10-19 02:49

    Graham Masterton a new author to me. I have since discovered that he is a horror writer and, boy, does this come out in the horrible crimes committed.Katie Maquire is a Det.Insp. in the Garda in Cork and has a lot to liveup to and continuously has to prove herself with the old-guard of the police force. She is also married to Paul, who it turns out is a bit of a minor criminal on the side.A huge amount of bones are discovered on a farm- 11 bodies worth(or so) in total they think, by the time they have re-assembled all the bits. The strange thing is that a rag dolly has been tied to the hip bones.It does look like these remains are very old and is probably not worth investigating.But when new fresh bodies (remains) start to appear with similarities to the old murders Katie insists that they are definitely connected and investigates all the remains.The little rag doll, could be a Travellers superstition but Katie thinks there is more to it.This story does have supernatural elements and is pretty gory in the description of the dead bodies.There is also a new "love" interest for our married Katie.Excellent narrator.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2018-10-08 04:32

    I really liked this story but it did drive me to distraction that it's supposed to be set in Ireland and all the spellings were American. This is the 3rd author in a couple of weeks I've come across that's done this. While it's fine and dandy and we have to deal with it when it's set over there it is very annoying when it's not. All plowing, modernized and realized, etc.The author did use poring correctly-I'll give him that. Then there were a lot of missed speechmarks which wasn't good. Then someone was renamed as Dr Kelly when he'd been Dr O' Brien till that page. There were dropped words from sentences too-like her/to. Then we had prices in £s and then €s and then remains was spelled as rermains. So in a lot of ways it was pretty slapdash.I wasn't sure what to make of Katie. For an intelligent woman doing very well in her profession she seemed incredibly stupid at times regarding her husband and his activities. A lot of reviewers I saw complained the story was gruesome and it was in some ways but no more so than your average Hannibal Lecter-type of thing. Sadly people like the murderer in this case exist, like it or not.It was useful he included a guide to Cork slang but at the end ???? I needed that at the beginning where we would have known it was there and could have referred to it !All in all I liked this but it needed work. I will read the sequel, though looking at the dates it seems he wrote it a decade later for some reason.

  • ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ Ντρέκη
    2018-10-10 23:47

    Ένα βιβλίο που δεν ξέρω αν θα το χαρακτήριζα εξαιρετικό, γιατί δεν είναι, ωραίο όχι με την έννοια της λογοτεχνικής δεινότητας. Είναι όμως ένα βιβλίο του είδους του αστυνομικού τρόμου που πέρνει 10 με τόνο. Και λίγα από αυτού του είδους, θα μπορούσαν να πάρουν 10. Γιατί είναι πολύ δύσκολο να κάνουν αυτό για το οποίο γράφτηκαν: να φοβίσουν. Αυτό λοιπόν στην περίπτωσή μου, το κατάφερε. Με φόβισε την στιγμή που το διάβαζα, όχι τόσο για εμένα, όσο για τους ήρωες του βιβλίου. Έπιανα τον εαυτό μου να μιλάει στην κοπέλα και να την παρακαλά να φύγει, να μην μπει στο αυτοκίνητο, γιατί ήξερα τι θα περνούσε. Αυτό που με κάνει να φοβάμαι με τα βιβλία αυτού του συγγραφέα, είναι ίσως η αφέλεια με την οποία παρουσιάζει την ιστορία, μπερδεύοντας αλήθειες και ψέματα που δεν ξέρεις σε τι βαθμό είναι. Και δεν μιλάμε για μεταφυσικά φαντάσματα και δαίμονες. Μιλάμε για πραγματικούς δολοφόνους και τελετουργικά εγκλήματα που βασίζονται σε υπαρκτούς θρύλους της Ιρλανδίας. Η γραφή του είναι απλή σεναριακή, και με μια εμμονή στην περιγραφή του ίδιου του εγκλήματος, που πολλές φορές μου ανακάτεψε το στομάχι. Τώρα θα μου πείτε, πώς σου άρεσε αυτό το βιβλίο αφού σε φόβισε και σε έκανε να αηδιάσεις. Μα γι αυτό το διάβασα, γιατί ήθελα να τα νιώσω αυτά. Οπότε αυτό το βιβλίο είναι ΑΚΑΤΑΛΛΗΛΟ για ευαίσθητα στομάχια και καρδιές.

  • Wendy
    2018-09-25 23:41

    Absolutely loved this book. The main character was well developed and multi-faceted. The story line was excellent and the sick shit was truly sick! Katie is a detective in an Irish police force. She is in fact the first woman detective and therefore in the spotlight and working hard to prove her worth. She is married to a man who has lost his way and dabbles in the not so legal side of things. On top of this she is dealing with the grief of having lost her only child. Her character is well developed and she is very likeable. When she gets a call to investigate the discovery of 11 sets of human remains buried on a farm she begins on a journey that has many twists and turns along the way. It is discovered that the bones are over 80 years old, and therefore not of immediate consequence, but when a young girls remains are found in the same condition as the unearthed skeletons, Katie tackles the case with determination. This storyline is fantastic! I totally enjoyed this book and the ending was as good as the journey!!

  • Chelsea
    2018-10-06 02:32

    I really enjoyed this book and the authors way of telling a story.i will be looking for the rest of this series. He adds just the right amount of horror and gore along with his way of getting you to connect with the carters. This was a story about a woman cop detective that gets a case of 10 body's that were dug up at a farm by acadent.she has a rough time threw out the investigation with family and personal problems. The case turns out to be from a very long time a go and ritual.but if it wasn't strange enough someone has started killing in the same way. trying to finish what was started.cant say to much with out giving it away. But how these women were killed was just great if you r for that sort of thing....being skinned alive

  • Andrea
    2018-09-24 22:28

    First in a series! So it needs to engage. Some interesting characters here, and a bit of dark humor - the two elements completely necessary to weigh out the gloom in detective/police procedurals. But way too much has been thrown in. Less is more to build the bones of an ongoing series. Over the top descriptive violence jars here; a few scenes needed to be heavily edited or deleted altogether. We are never really quite sure who we should care about but we have enough grounding to propel forward to the next series entry.

  • Pili
    2018-09-23 23:41

    I bought this book for 2 reasons: its price (2,99€ - it was on sale) and that the story took place in Ireland, a country very present lately in my life and in my readings.It turned out to be great purchase.The author was a writer of horror prior to turning his hand to crime, and it’s evident from chapter one. It also caught my attention that the author was male and the detective female… a combination that you rarely see.The plot was a little too over the top toward the end and (view spoiler)[ uses a version of an “evil twin brother” (hide spoiler)]. That’s the reason for the missing star.

  • Paul McAvoy
    2018-09-24 04:54

    A real page-turner from the master storyteller... I will be checking out the rest of the series. Masterton writes crisp prose with hints of humour at times and the characters come alive on the page. Rather gruesome at times, but a great read.

  • Kimberly
    2018-09-27 23:35

    I thought I rated this book before...maybe it was another edition..Anyhow--Masterton at the top of his game! What more needs to be said?

  • Jon Recluse
    2018-09-20 23:34

    Review pending

  • Majanka
    2018-10-03 00:53

    Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...When I saw White Bones for only 2 euros at a book fair, I couldn’t say no to it. First of all, I usually enjoy Graham Masterton’s writing style, and secondly, the plot sounded great. Well, the book definitely was no dissapointment, even if the plot was a little too over the top toward the end.Katie Maguire is Irelan’s first female detective of her rank, so she needs to overcome a lot of prejudices. When a farmer on Meagher’s Farm discovers the dismembered bones of 11 women, all of them dating back to around 1915, the case is breaking news. The pathologist is clear: the victims were strippe off their flesh, skinned alive, before dying. Katie wants to solve the murders, but the matter becomes even more pressing when a young American tourist goes missing, and her bones are discovered, stripped of flesh, on the same farm.A thorough investigation occurs. Anyone could’ve done it, and the murders are ritualistic and seem to be connected to an ancient ritual to raise a fairy witch who could grant a wish. The murderer is intent of making the thirteenth and final sacrifice, and won’t be stopped by some meddling detectives. Meanwhile, Katie has to deal with trouble in her personal life too, and when the case becomes a little too personal, she has to figure out who, if anyone, she can trust.Bonus points to the author for the clever use of Irish folklore and adding it into the story. The police talk was also spot on, and Katie Maguire is a complex albeit likeable character. Her personal troubles added extra depth to her as a character. The whole mystery part was done really well, and it took a while for me to figure out who was involved, but even then, I enjoyed the rest of the book still, and it didn’t bother me.The gruesome parts were done really well – I almost got physically sick thinking about what those poor women were put through – and the author did a tremendous job establishing the setting and characters. The writing was excellent, and I also enjoyed the supernatural parts.The only part that didn’t work for me was the big reveal. Spoilers ahead, by the way, but the reveal annoyed me. I had a feeling this person was involved, but I didn’t buy it, not the way it was presented here. I don’t want to spoil it, but it just seemed too random for me.Nevertheless, this was a very intriguing read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.