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The first body was found in Europe. She had once been a beautiful young girl, but with exquisite skill someone had carefully teased the skin entirely away from her body, leaving nothing but a flayed and bloody carcass. A full examination of her ruined body reveals an horrific truth: She had been skinned alive.

The second blood-raw corpse turned up in New England. Followed soon after by another, this time a victim of extreme decomposition, a mess of flesh convulsing with maggots. When a mysterious, crumbling painting is implicated in the deaths it seems that the investigating team has resorted to madness. But this rotten painting hides a terrifying family secret...

©2011 Graham Masterton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Masterton is a crowd-pleaser, filling his pages with sparky, appealing dialogue and visceral grue" (Time Out)
"Graham Masterton is possibly horror's most consistent provider of chills" (Master of Chills)
"Though Masterton is capable of conjuring a spooky atmosphere and evoking chills from understated terrors, more often than not he goes for the gut, building to splattery climaxes of physical terror" (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 14-10-2013

Grisly Horror! Not for the Faint of Heart.

A classic tale of horror with detailed descriptions of flaying. If you can get past that, the story is engaging, dripping with dark atmosphere and dread.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 22-04-2015

"A Scream" said Vincent, "Where is van Gogh?"

ONE SECOND OF TRUE LOVE IS WORTH FIVE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
GM knows how to build suspense. It can be the suspense of horror or sexual suspense. The very first chapter is kind of long, but it builds tension you could cut with a knife. One of the best beginnings to any book I have read. The climax is not disappointing. The story is good. I tried to read Oscar Wilde's, Picture of Dorian Gray, but could not get through it. I listened to all sixteen hours of this. The length did keep it from getting five stars and the séance crap was not something that interested me. I will read more of GM in the future if it is 12 hours or less.

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  • mocowi
  • 04-03-2018

Stupid Portrait

Would you try another book from Graham Masterton and/or William Hope?

No. Too many silly analogies. If I counted all the "just like"', I would be done in half the time because those words are in half the book.

Too much-unneeded dialog. Conversations take place between characters that have no tie-in with the story.

Has The Family Portrait turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love this genre. This is a very bad apple in the barrel.

How could the performance have been better?

It seemed the narrator was all to concerned with changing voices.
I assume Mr. Hope was trying to emulate a "high society" of yesteryear. Instead, they all sounded like they were yawning, or disinterested while they spoke.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.
I have three chapters left and decided it was a waste of time to finish.
I don't care how this ends.

Any additional comments?

I have never given such a negative review. Many of you will probably disagree.
But I have been reading this genre since Stephen King came out with his first book.
This was a horribly crafted story.

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  • jennifer
  • 01-03-2014

The Family Portrait

This was a very gory story not for the faint hearted ! I loved this book it gets you hooked right from the start, a family that needs to feed on human flesh to keep the family tradition alive it is a brilliant story I loved this book from start to finish.

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  • Steve Woolham
  • 10-03-2017

New to Masterton

Great narration. There were a couple of small plot holes, such as certain events not happening to all characters in the same manner, but overall a most enjoyable listen.

I remember a friend reading Channel House by Graham Masterton in the mid 80's and he recommended it. 30 years later I'm going to give it a go on the back of this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-2016

very good and well written

the narrator has a slightly monotonous voice but the story carries you along once it gets going. persevere with the slow start and you will not be disappointed.

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  • DF
  • 07-04-2015

classic Eighties horror

this could really get under your skin,if they've left any!!!! I enjoyed this wild horror

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