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The waiting room stands on a crumbling railway platform at the edge of a retired rock star’s vast estate. Abandoned to dereliction and isolated by a moat of thorny wilderness, it used to be a playground for his children. Until strange music and the terrifying spectre of a leering soldier frightened them away. Julian Creed is TV’s most popular ghost hunter. Only his small production team knows he is a complete fake who doesn’t even believe in the paranormal. Until he spends one night in the waiting room.

©2010 F.G. Cottam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Delightfully creepy

FG Cottam pens a well constructed tale. David Rintoul delivered Cottam's story with his calm but exciting style.

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  • L Henry
  • 01-11-2020

PLEASE PLEASE GIVE US MORE OF COTTAM'S BOOKS!!!!!!

Before I forget to give proper props to the narrator whose voice carries you thru all the literary twists & turns as you try to figure out what's supernatural & what's real. Rintoul is one of my absolutely favorite narrators along with R.C. Bray & Sean Barret. His voice is so smooth, the perfect compliment to the subtle growth of the true horror haunting this story. The book is definitely one of Cottam's as again, I love how characters from his other books are included as well. So it's a bit of the new with a dash of the old which combines to give everything within the plot a kind of precarious balance where one minute you think you might have it but then the next you are back on the edge of your seat biting your nails because what you thought was fixed wasn't exactly what the plan should have been. It's hard to write a review without going into detail, and giving things away. So I will just say that this is an amazing tale of the supernatural & I have found that British horror tends to have a lot more creep factor while here in the US, the focus is more on violence, gore, & that type of stuff rather than allowing the story to stand on its own as any truly good horror novel should be able to. As I am also a fan of Lindqvist, Let The Right One In & The Harbor, I wonder if it is more of a British style of writing that books not try to stand on gore alone to sell a book. I really hope that while carrying the few other Cottam tales currently offered on selection such as the Colony Trilogy, Brodmaw Bay, A Memory of Trees, & The Magdalena Curse; that audible will also add some of his other titles that are also top notch supernatural reads. These include An Absence of Natural Light, The House of Lost Souls, Dark Echo, The Lazarus Prophecy, & The Summoning. come on Amazon!!! If its available on Amazon UK, why shouldn't the US also have full access to the rest of this author's work? I've noticed it's the same with other foreign authors including the absolutely horrid way that ya'll have chosen to take the Merrily Watkins series by Rickman & not even seem to be able to release the series in order. They are just randomly there without the first couple of books in the series. Please audible, give us MORE COTTAM!!!!!!!

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  • scott ortegon
  • 14-08-2020

Always a great ghost story!

love the narrator, always a great ghost story... the kind that raises the hair on your neck

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  • Jonathan Mills
  • 06-07-2011

A clever, subtly scary read

I'll come clean from the start - I had an extra credit and nothing I particularly wanted to spend it on this month. My first credit went on Joe Hill's excellent new book, Horns - the second went on The Waiting Room almost at random. I've been pretty disappointed by a lot of the new horror that's come out over the last year or so, but it's books like The Waiting Room that make me try to keep abreast of them as much as possible.

The concept of the book is hardly the most original - listening made me think of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, M.R. James, Lovecraft and the like, and the ghost hunter angle's also fairly popular now - but most horror is very derivative now, and the way this book is written, coupled with David Ritoul's excellent reading, results in a subtle, genuinely disturbing but oddly comforting narrative. The atmosphere it creates reminds me fondly of the kind of ghost story classically told around the fireside, which I enjoyed immensely. There's very little violence and hardly any gore - the horror aspect is more atmospheric and subtle than that, which I admire in a genre increasingly affected by movies. Not that there's anything wrong with gore if it's done well, I just like to have the option.

Um - that probably got a bit wordy. Basically though, if you have a spare audible credit & are looking for a good piece of horror fiction, I'd really recommend The Waiting Room. If you enjoy this, you might enjoy Dark Matter (Michelle Paver) or maybe The Passage (by Justin Cronin), both of which are available on Audible (unfortunately I don't know a lot about F.G. Cottam's other works).

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  • John
  • 22-01-2012

Let down by truly terrible dialogue...

This was a half decent attempt at doing something a bit different with a ghost story and by and large it's not a bad read/listen. However the dialogue is possibly the worst I've ever come across - to the point of comedy and annoyance. It's also badly let down by the ending, rushed doesn't really begin to describe it - I think deadline day must have been approaching!

Worth buying though, despite it's faults.

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  • Christian LEHMANN
  • 26-09-2011

An oddly comforting ghost story

I did not know this author or this narrator, and both wove a strong spell. The narrator is very good, and the story very well crafted. No gore here, or very little, but a gradual build up of tension with some genuinely thought-provoking ideas on ghosts and people who have psychic sensitivity. I've read dozens of horror novels, from the great old ones to the scary gorey young'uns. this one was very good, had strong characters, and the ending was a great surprise, very original, very well thought out and fulfilling. I'll check out Cottam's other books right now.
Those who like this kind of book will LOVE Michelle Paver's "DARK MATTER", an excellent, atmospheric book magnificently read by Jeremy Northam ( here on audible too)

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  • C. Doughty
  • 24-12-2012

Properly scary

I found this unusual and surprisingly compelling. Worth sticking with as both the plot and the characters develop in unexpected ways.

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  • tara
  • 24-04-2013

Not to be missed

This is the best book I have heard in a while ,I had a spare credit and could not decide so went for this and was not disappointed its an amazing listen I was hooked would highly recommend it.

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  • JANET
  • 20-07-2011

Highly recommended

Excellent gradual build-up of tension based on the mundane world. The ghost element becomes increasingly sinister. Genuinely couldn't guess how the book was going to end. Great narrator. I'll be checking-ou more works be FG Cottam

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 25-01-2014

the waiting room.

after the Wilfred owen poem, I found the beginning of the story a bit confusing but after that I was hooked and listened to it every spare minute I got.
good characterisation, plot and the ending wasn't a disappointment after the build up. I will be looking for more by this author.
david rintoul performed this book really well, he acted the parts of the characters giving them depth and adding to the atmosphere of the book.

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  • P. Donovan
  • 16-02-2013

A brilliantly read chiller

This story stretches the listener's credibility but if you go with it and allow yourself to be swept along, then you are in for a genuinely scary tale that plays with time in an original and interesting way. I shall be downloading other audiobooks by the author and David Rintoul is, as ever, an excellent narrator.

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  • Helen
  • 25-10-2012

Enjoyable, but something lacking

I enjoyed this and would say it's a good listen for a long journey. It started really well, and the idea of a TV 'medium' as the central gumshoe-style hero/anti-hero is original. However I've only given it 3 stars as I felt there was something missing. Some of the backstory didn't quite add up, and therefore stretched credulity. Also, some parts of the plot seemed to be set up for things to happen later... and then those things didn't happen. The ending was interesting, but slightly disappointing. Worth a listen, though, as it does while away a few hours and there are some genuinely creepy moments!

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  • Scullywag
  • 05-11-2011

More than a Ghost Story

I bought this book as it was reduced to £5.99 in the Audible Sale and I wanted to save my credits. I went on the basis of other reviews and found I had myself a real bargain.

This book is clever and I had no idea where it would go. The story is really compelling and the narrator is excellent. He manages to bring all the characters to life and the emotional journey of the main protaganist was rewarding in and of itself. The mark of a good book is when it stays with you and I have found myself thinking of the concepts in the two days since I finished it. Unfortunately, it is a very hard book to review without giving anything away. There is so much more I would love to say about it but I would not want it to be spoilt for anyone who has not read it.

It may be a ghost story but it holds its this own with any other genre. I would not hesitate to recommend this book and will be looking for others works by the author, especially if they are complimented by David Rintoul as the narrator.

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