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Publisher's Summary

Antonia Weston has come to the sleepy market town of Amberwood in search of peace and anonymity after a shattering and all-too public tragedy in her life. Shortly after her arrival, a series of disturbing incidents occur eerily echoing the past she is trying to forget. She becomes fascinated by the macabre local history surrounding the disused watermill, Twygrist, and the now vanished Latchkill Asylum. Memories still linger: how no one would pass Latchkill in "the spider light". Someone knows all about Twygrist's darkness, and how to use it in a most horrific way.
©2007 Sarah Rayne; (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A mistress of the art." (Reviewingtheevidence.com)
"Rayne handles her complex plot with great skill and the suspense is held to the very end." (Shots)

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  • Madeleine
  • 23-11-2011

Flawed but Entertaining

I certainly loved the story structure of this thriller. I love mysteries that thread through different timelines. Moreover I loved the premise of the main character, although I did find her precarious mental state a little overly-convenient at times to suit the plot.

On the whole, the story is a bit scattered and although it's all pulled together in the end, I'm not sure the main protagonist was a truly strong enough character to have all the threads of this story coalesce around her. So although you have a decent resolution, it felt a bit lacking at the end.

The narration is very good, though.

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  • ktkat1949
  • 16-08-2014

Disappointed

Would you try another book from Sarah Rayne and/or Diana Bishop?

Yes I enjoy her books and I find that Diana Bishop is the only female narrator that I really enjoy listening to on audio.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I did not finish the book. I heard it until the 8th Chapter and then quit and returned the book. I have read other of this writer's works and really enjoyed them. I am sure I will be judged as prudish but the graphic sex scenes especially the rape was very offensive to me and therefore I did not finish it.

What does Diana Bishop bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent voice impersonations. Good clear diction.

Was Spider Light worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

If this had been an actual physical book I could have skipped over the sexual aspect much easier than with the audio book. I choose to return the book rather than finish it.

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  • Sylvia
  • 30-12-2007

Had to keep Listening!

This was an extremely good and creepy book. The suspense hardly ever let up, and the switching back and forth between time zones was not detrimental in any way. Is there going to be a sequel? Yes please....

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  • Rachel
  • 14-09-2008

surprisingly gripping

A good read, found it hard to put down. The first couple of chapters seemed a bit old fashioned and slow, but it soon hotted up!

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  • Alison
  • 11-06-2014

Spare me any more of that narrator!

Would you listen to Spider Light again? Why?

I do enjoy Sarah Rayne, although I think she pretty much writes the same story again and again - but it's enjoyably creepy and that's what matters. Unfortunately I was unable to listen to this one for long as the narration was just awful. Pauses in completely the wrong place, launching at words for no apparent reason; huge emphasis where none was needed. A real shame because this is a great walking book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Diana Bishop’s performances?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be if not for the narration.

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