The Family Portrait

  • by Graham Masterton
  • Narrated by William Hope
  • 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first body was found in Europe. She had once been a beautiful young girl, but with exquisite skill someone had carefully teased the skin entirely away from her body, leaving nothing but a flayed and bloody carcass. A full examination of her ruined body reveals an horrific truth: She had been skinned alive.
The second blood-raw corpse turned up in New England. Followed soon after by another, this time a victim of extreme decomposition, a mess of flesh convulsing with maggots. When a mysterious, crumbling painting is implicated in the deaths it seems that the investigating team has resorted to madness. But this rotten painting hides a terrifying family secret...

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What the Critics Say

"Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Masterton is a crowd-pleaser, filling his pages with sparky, appealing dialogue and visceral grue" (Time Out)
"Graham Masterton is possibly horror's most consistent provider of chills" (Master of Chills)
"Though Masterton is capable of conjuring a spooky atmosphere and evoking chills from understated terrors, more often than not he goes for the gut, building to splattery climaxes of physical terror" (Publishers Weekly)

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The Family Portrait

This was a very gory story not for the faint hearted ! I loved this book it gets you hooked right from the start, a family that needs to feed on human flesh to keep the family tradition alive it is a brilliant story I loved this book from start to finish.
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- jennifer

New to Masterton

Great narration. There were a couple of small plot holes, such as certain events not happening to all characters in the same manner, but overall a most enjoyable listen.

I remember a friend reading Channel House by Graham Masterton in the mid 80's and he recommended it. 30 years later I'm going to give it a go on the back of this book.
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- Steve Woolham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios