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CLOWNS AT MIDNIGHT

Dowling, Terry

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ISBN 10: 1848630859 / ISBN 13: 9781848630857
Edité par PS Publishing, Hornsea, 2010
Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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Titre : CLOWNS AT MIDNIGHT

Éditeur : PS Publishing, Hornsea

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hard Cover

Etat du livre : Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Edition : 1st Ed.

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Troubled by coulrophobia, a lifelong fear of clowns, 41-year-old writer David Leeton goes to the north-eastern corner of New South Wales to mind a property for a friend. Not usually one to run away from his problems, David has just come out of a seven-year relationship with Julia, and needs time away from his old routines. House-sitting at Starbreak Fell seems the perfect solution. David is especially glad of his decision when he meets his neighbours, the charming and surprisingly well educated Risi family, Sardinian Australians who raise pigs in the area, even more so when he is introduced to one of their guests at dinner, the intriguing and increasingly beguiling Gemma Ewins. But David isn't at Starbreak Fell very long before strange things start to happen: glimpses of masked figures, voices calling in the night, terrifying images left on his computer, events disturbingly related to his special condition which draw him again and again to the mysterious stone tower on the forested hilltop behind the house. Clowns at Midnight is a powerful and spellbinding tale of fear and wonder, of unexpected transformations and genuine redemption. David's discoveries in this almost overlooked corner of rural Australia lead him full-square into both the universal mystery at the forgotten core of Western civilisation and the deepest, darkest secrets of the human heart.

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Dowling (Amberjack) falters in this creepy novel, which loses its frisson of horror in an excess of information. Writer David Leeton is house-sitting in remote southeastern Australia, recuperating from a broken relationship and trying to cure his pathological fear of clowns. Shortly after his arrival in Starbreak Fell, he begins encountering mysterious objects that trigger his clown fear. Some neighbors from Sardinia offer to help him discover the truth behind the strange happenings, but everything seems to lead back to ancient rites practiced on their ancestral home. While Dowling manages to justify David's analytical approach to his fears, the analysis--perhaps stemming from the book's origins in Dowling's doctoral thesis--distances the reader from the character and undermines the emotional resonance necessary to be horrified by the climax.
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