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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,053 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ackroyd Narrator: Sir Derek Jacobi Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Hawksmoor, Detective Nicholas Hawksmoor investigates a series of macabre murders on the sites of certain 18th-century churches.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Isabel | 2/6/2014

    " Set in an alternate version of the East End, where the early 18th century churches that were built by Nicholas Hawksmoor in our reality, were built by Nicholas Dyer and Nicholas Hawksmoor is the name of a late 20th century policeman investigating a series of murders occurring at these churches. Echoes of the earlier era resonate through the later time, some believable like the playground rhymes and superstitions having been passed down almost unchanged for 250 years, but most having a more supernatural edge. Nicholas Dyer's assistant is called Walter Pyne and his intrusive landlady is Mrs Best, while Nicholas Hawksmoor's assistant is Walter Payne and Mrs West is just as intrusive as her predecessor. The murder victims are strangely similar to Dyer's earlier sacrifices, and not because the murderer is selecting similar victims; it seems as if reincarnations of the original victims are fated to die in the same place as before. The feeling of deja-vous is reinforced by snatches of conversation being repeated. I found the ending of the book disappointing as it was increasingly hard to work out what was going on. Dyer had seen his own doppelganger and had what was obviously a vision of Hawksmoor while delerious, before they took their last walk through London to Little St Hugh's where they finally became aware of the other's presence. And when they finally sat beside each other in the church and spoke with one voice, I assume that they were becoming aware of the cyclical nature of time, forever condemned to repeat themselves. Was Dyer going to offer himself as the sacrifice for the church of Little St. Hugh? And was Hawksmoor going to commit suicide in the same church, or was the murderer going to kill him? I'm not even sure whether there was a real murderer or whether it was all done by Nicholas Dyer from beyond the grave (since the police never found any fingerprints or physical evidence). And when they finally sat beside each other in the church and spoke the same words I assume they became aware of the cyclical nature of time, with events forever repeating themselves. There are plot holes. In real life, someone would have informed the police of the link between the churches where the murders were happening (unless Nicholas Dyer is considerably less famous than the real architect Nicholas Hawksmoor) or a journalist would have made the link and written a sensationalist article about it. Hawksmoor's disintegrating mental health was obvious to all his colleagues and I'm sure that he would have been given counselling earlier rather than being allowed to spiral downwards into depression with the investigation going to wrack and ruin. I did enjoy it, but I would have liked a clearer ending. I had to read the last couple of chapters again as I got so mixed up while trying to write this review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 1/28/2014

    " A structurally complicated historical novel despite being only 217 pp. Nicholas Dyer, early 18th century architect, practitioner of the dark arts and murderer reaches out through time to modern London creating "Terrour" leaving corpses at the sites of the churches he designed. Time is particularly out of joint and the "shaddowes" of the fear and irrationality he believes to be stronger than sense and reason make themselves felt. In its own quirky and studied way this is a very scary novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Harkness | 1/14/2014

    " Such a brilliant idea, but ran out of steam? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarahlizp | 1/12/2014

    " So the blurb on the back of the book had almost zero to do with the plot, which involves the Plague and the Great Fire of London, and an 18th century Satan-worshiping church builder who sacrifices children, and mysterious present day murders at those churches which may or may not be being perpetrated by a ghost... it's a deeply weird book. It's also one of those books that was clearly written for other writers. He's put together the narrative like a piece of old-fashioned clockwork, and it's breathtaking stuff. Motifs, names, events, character's gestures, they all keep clicking and whirring around and around each other, cog and teeth fitting so seamlessly it makes you feel all liquidy inside. This book also had some of the most gorgeous lines of any I've recently read. "Anxiety was, for her, a form of prayer." Oh so perfect. Which is why at the end I threw the book across the room. It had been such a perfect read until the last two chapters when... nothing happened. The characters just did one more rotation and the mechanism wound down. No real climax, no resolution, I'm not even sure what the hell happened, to be honest. "

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