Summary

David Ash, detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case. A man has been found crucified in a locked room. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted.... Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods? And why are the castle's inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen? What Ash eventually discovers is truly shocking....
Featuring one of Herbert's best-loved characters, first encountered in The Ghosts of Sleath and Haunted, Ash is a ghost story like no other that will chill you to the marrow.
©2012 James Herbert (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jackie B on 07-07-13

Hard to get into

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am a James Herbert fan normally but I just couldn't get into this book at all, the story never seemed to emerge and didn't grip me. I kept fast forwarding through it to get to an interesting part but never found one.

Has Ash put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 13-04-13

Goes out with a bang!

Was really looking forward to this as I'm a huge James Herbert fan, and loved his previous books from this series, and now I'm gutted there will be no more as the great man has passed. This book was better than expected (and I expected excellence) I couldn't take my headphones out and was a little sad when the book was done. Great performance to go out on RIP Mr Herbert.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Unzipt on 12-12-12

What A Mess!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story with a comprehensible conclusion.

What was most disappointing about James Herbert’s story?

The most disappointing thing about ASH was the story itself. The book's beginning is interesting, with characters one quickly decides are likeable and unlikeable. The book then cascades into a series of inexplicable, and wholly unbelievable, occurrences that are never connected to one another in any meaningful way despite the constant intimation that there is some common explanation. Ash, the titular parapsychologist, never explains (perhaps, never understands) what is happening. The book's casst of ridiculous characters includes Hitler's bastard daughter, all grown up and crazy as hell, and the transparent (as in one can literally see his internal organs) prematurely born son of Princess Diana who comes to take her son into her loving embrace at novel's end. Oh, and did I forget to mention Qaddafi. 'Nuff said.

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?

No.

What character would you cut from Ash?

Hitler's daughter and Louie, the son of Princess Diana

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By reg mountford on 29-12-16

don't think this would have been the last

great story needed a follow on which couldn't happen great author brilliant storyline classic Herbert

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