Sunday, 4 November 2018

Niedermayer And Hart by M J Johnson


Niedermayer And Hart by M.J. Johnson
Published by Odd Dog Press in April 2012.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Stairs and Favourite Five Horror Stories for Halloween 2015. One of my WorldReads From Wales and Top Ten Books for IndiePrideDay 2016

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jim Latimer reads of fellow photographer John Loxton's suicide in a daily newspaper. An old friend offers Jim an opportunity to take over Loxton's next assignment. He enters the orbit of Niedermayer & Hart, porcelain dealers with elegant headquarters in Hove. Jim's friends Ruth and Erich sense something isn't right and try to warn him. He is brought face to face with a terrifying manifestation of evil that had its inception in mediaeval Acre. A band of unlikely vigilantes takes on an implacable enemy. This is a story of friendship, courage and steadfastness, taking the reader on more than one journey before it arrives at its conclusion in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales. More than just a fight for life - these friends are playing for the highest stakes of all.

I went through a Dennis Wheatley phase as a teenager, but haven't really strayed near to horror fiction since so Niedermayer And Hart is a departure from the norm for my reading. The book was recommended on twitter - and very reasonably priced for kindle - so I took a chance. I'm glad I did! The subject matter is classic for a horror story but with a sharp, contemporary viewpoint that I enjoyed reading.

The story has two strands, one set in the thirteenth century and one set in the 1990s. I liked that their writing styles were markedly different and the contrast gave authenticity to each. The characters were generally well developed with both female and male being believable. A few were perhaps more caricature than character, but in the setting, this worked and did not detract from the overall narrative.

Johnson has a good eye for detail and descriptions of his creepy venues really did feel intimidating. I could see dank cellars, torchlit tunnels and snowbound landscapes. There is gore and plenty of truly horrific violence but this wasn't portrayed in such a way as to turn me off from the book which has happened with other titles. Quite the contrary! I was glued to find out where we would be led and how it would all pan out.


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11 comments:

  1. It's so nice when you take a chance with a book and it actually works out!

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    1. Absolutely! This was bought totally on a whim and it didn't disappoint

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  2. I enjoy horror quite a bit and this one is new to me. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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  3. I do enjoy horror every so often. I'll have to look into this one and this author. Great Review.

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    1. I don't think it's horror for seriously dark readers, but was perfect for a dabbler like me :-)

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  4. Welsh author?! Well you're on to a winner then! Lol. ;)

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    1. Absolutely! I need two more Welsh authors for my WorldReads project. Any recommendations?!

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    2. Sarah Waters, Dannie Abse, Roald Dahl - I've heard that Alexander Cordell is good too, but I haven't read anything by him. And there's Dylan Thomas - though I have to admit that I'm not really a fan.

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    3. Sarah Waters!! I've read Fingersmith!
      I've an audio of Under Milk Wood too, but Dannie Abse and Alexander Cordell are new names. Thank you :-)

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    4. OMG Dannie Abse's poetry is just sooooo Wales! - I love it! I really wanna read his memoir, Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve, too.

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