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Author: James Herbert
Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator like no other. He carries a secret about himself to which not even he has the answer. He is hired to find a baby taken at birth and his investigation leads him to a mysterious place called "Perfect Rest." It is supposed to be a home for the elderly, but there is a lot more to this place than meets the e...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812579048
ISBN-10: 0812579046
Publication Date: 11/15/2000
Pages: 480
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 2
freaky horror story. Too gory for me, but it was a page turner.

Author of such classic chilling tales as The Fog and The Rats, Britain's foremost horror master James Herbert now cleverly transcends the boundaries of detective fiction and the supernatural for Others, a book that begins in the bowels of Hell. In this fiery underworld we meet a former Hollywood movie star, thrust there for a lifetime of depravity. But now this damned soul is given one more shot at redemption, a chance to live again as a human. Begging for a new judgment, he is sent back to earth, without memory of his past life or death. However, his new existence will be a wretched one, living in the body of Nicholas Dismas, a brilliant and tender-hearted private investigator sadly afflicted with horrendous physical deformities. Shunned by strangers, Nicholas struggles not only with his malformed body, but also with a troubling sense of self. Staring in the mirror, other eyes stare back, "too blurred for recognition. That ill-defined but handsome countenance had hinted at something too evasive to remember properly, too vague to focus upon, yet still filled me with a strange, elusive regret." It isn't until Dismas takes on a seemingly run-of-the-mill missing person's investigation that he begins to understand the origins of his own hellish identity.

Others is a dark exploration into the psyche of the eternal outsider, a tormented freak in a cruel society. Gory, but brilliantly conceived, Herbert will leave you feeling haunted long after reading his final words.
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Helpful Score: 2
James Herbert is very popular in Britain. I love his turn of phrase and insights. The suspense held by interest all the way to the end. I didn't think his writing was perfect or super-fantastic but he's certainly worth a try. However keep in mind this book is a suspense/horror story, but it has a moral and it doesn't have a horribly depressing ending like so many horror stories do - I hate those and rarely read horror for that reason.
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Teh king of British horror...an admirable balance bwtween terrors of the supernatural and the darkness of the human heart.
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Interesting subject matter.. the timeline was a little messed up, but all in all, a pretty good read...

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