Summary

David Warwick, an Englishman living in New York, has a sudden premonition that his twin brother, Colin, is in danger. He returns to England and learns the shocking truth: both Colin and his young bride Helen have died ghastly deaths - deaths that no one in the village wants to talk about.
Now David has inherited his brother's home, Gerrard's Hill Cottage, a lovely house with a lush garden that seems to promise peace and comfort to all who dwell there. But as David tries to unearth the facts of what really happened to his brother and his wife, he has no idea of the horror and evil that surround him or the terrible fate that may be in store.
A chilling story that builds slowly and inexorably towards its shocking climax, Bernard Taylor's Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977) has been recognized as one of the finest horror novels ever written. This edition features a new introduction by Michael Rowe.
©1977 Bernard Taylor (P)2016 Valancourt Books, LLC
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Critic reviews

"My favorite ghost story...at once manages to be both moving and extremely unsettling...there isn't anything that beats it." (Charles L. Grant)
"Ingenious and well-crafted - a most satisfying chiller!" ( Grand Rapids Press)
"A slow-burning, invisibly seductive ghost story." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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1 out of 5 stars
By ziiigggg on 20-05-18

Repetitive and boring

The start wasn't too bad, American bloke inherits perfect English country cottage that has odd characters and some spooky goings on to investigate. Sadly the story quickly stalls. The middle of the book is largely the main character... whose name I have already forgotten ... asking himself endless questions ...on an on and on so I just skipped forwards in huge chunks only to find him still going on and on asking the same questions and still no further forward with the plot. I gave up as I lost the will to live and couldn't give a toss if there was a ghost or a real person out to get him. Returned fior refund.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Routledge on 30-12-16

Great gost story.

Best I've listen to for years. You must get this book. A fantastic end to the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 03-05-17

Sweetheart, Sweetheart

Any additional comments?

“Sweetheart, Sweetheart” is a ghost story between twin brothers that takes place in the English countryside. Familial resentments along with a few sudden deaths compels David to investigate further. I found this tale to be interesting but not as spooky or compelling as I like my ghost stories to be. It was a nice listen but it didn’t really have that “ghost story” feel to it, it wasn’t as creepy as I prefer it. I’d say more than half of the ghostly encounters are of the sexual variety and I need a lot more scares before I can buy into that kind of haunting. Outside of the ghost stuff, it’s an interesting story about two couples, one alive and one dead, and their struggles to get along and get by. I would recommend the book to people who are interested in a story about brothers, rather than a ghost story.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fascinatingbooks on 04-12-16

The best horror novel I ever heard!

If you could sum up Sweetheart, Sweetheart in three words, what would they be?

Dark creepy epic

What other book might you compare Sweetheart, Sweetheart to and why?

It is like Poe on steroids, it has every aspect of horror done perfectly - unreliable narrator, tragic back story, building terror and fright, everything.

What does Matt Godfrey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This was the best book narration I ever heard, it was like a movie in my mind. There wasn't a flaw in the inner life of David Warwick as narrated by Matt Godfrey. His acting skills are way beyond ordinary narration, he made every aspect of this creepy story come alive. If I could have given his performance more than five stars I would have.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, but on the other hand I wanted it to never end. The best listening experience I have had in years.

Any additional comments?

I will listen to this audio book more than once, there aren't many books I can say that about.

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