Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/14/14
ISBN 9781605986562
Trim Size / Pages 8.6 x 6 in / 352

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The Voices

A Novel

F. R. Tallis

From Edgar nominee F. R. Tallis, a new novel of psychological suspense that reinvents the classic haunted-house tale

In the scorching summer of 1976—the hottest on record—Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London.

The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own. But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices.

For Norton, the voices mark an exciting opportunity. Putting his work aside, he begins the project of a lifetime—a grand symphony incorporating the voices—and becomes increasingly obsessed with one voice in particular. Someone who is determined to make themselves heard . . .

F. R.  Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. Between 1999 and 2012, he has received or been nominated for numerous awards, including the New London Writers’ Award, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Elle Prix de Letrice, the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger Award, and two Edgar Allen Poe Awards. His critically acclaimed Liebermann series (written as Frank Tallis) has been translated into fourteen languages and optioned for TV adaptation.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Tallis is a master of psychological suspense, and this novel, which reaches its climax during the London heat wave of 1976, is utterly gripping.” Booklist (starred)
“A chilling tale of supernatural snooping. On its surface, The Voices is a ghost story set in a haunted house. But its historical setting adds complexity. This horror story is undeniably hair-raising.” Shelf Awareness
“Set in the ''''70s, this is sophisticated creep, spellbinding and sinister, but it''''s also about a marriage in decay and a house that''''s encouraging it.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune (Favorite Mysteries and Thrillers of 2014)
“Recommended for fans of thrillers in the gothic tradition, such as Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and Shirley Jackson’s work.” Library Journal (starred)
“Invites comparisons to Stephen King''''s classic The Shining. Incisive and beautifully observed storytelling produces a genuine page-turner.” Kirkus Reviews