Once by James Herbert Book Review #10

I’m a big fan of James Herbert. Ant bought me nearly all his books for Christmas a few years ago. I thought I’d read them all but while sorting through my books out I came across Once which I hadn’t read.

Once By James Herbert

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

For Thom Kindred, life is nothing spectacular. A stroke victim, Thom finds himself partially incapacitated and battling daily to regain control of his life. Moved by haunting dreams of his youth, he travels back to the wooded land where he grew up to recuperate. Surrounded by the comforts of Castle Bracken, Thom plans to relive old, forgotten memories.

But Thom’s return has stirred an ancient evil at Castle Bracken, one cloaked in the guise of a friend. His only chance for survival lies in a world that he no longer believes in.

International bestselling author James Herbert opens the door into a place of wonder and terrible danger; where the unexpected becomes the norm, where the separation of dreams and nightmares is thin, and where “Once upon a time . . .” doesn’t always lead to a happy ending.

My Thoughts

Well, I wasn’t expecting to be reading erotic fiction in a James Herbert book; it took me quite by surprise! I have to say it was very descriptive in places!

As usual with JH, I found it hard to put down and I really enjoyed it.
Some of the descriptions were very creepy, especially when the millions of spiders came out of the jar. If having all those spiders wasn’t bad enough, reading about them being squished and squashed against Thom’s skin made my stomach turn!

I love fantasy stories about fairies and elves and all things magical and this book gave me everything. I think it’s now my second favourite James Herbert book. The first is The Magic Cottage and the third is The Secret Of Crickley Hall.

Once by James Herbert

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World 13th March 2018 at 6:36 am

    I’m not a fan of fantasy, but this does sound intriguing. Maybe I could give it a go! Thanks.

  2. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 12th March 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I’m quite partial to a good fantasy, might have to have a read of this one. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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