Book Review: Nyctophobia

Author: Christopher Fowler
Pages: 320
Published: October 7, 2014
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5

Nyctophobia is the new horror novel from author Christopher Fowler. Callie, an architect, recently got married to the man of her dreams, Mateo and together they moved to Spain. Callie and Mateo decided to split up and look at potential houses separately and then discuss them together later on in order to save time since Mateo travels a lot for business. After having a tour of the Hyperion House, Callie knows this is the place she wants to live.

The Hyperion House  was built against a cliff face and was constructed in such a way as to maximize the amount of ambient light in almost every room of the house. Windows were put in at weird angles and there was a room specifically created for what everyone believes was a telescope.

After showing the house to Mateo, the two agree to purchase the house and move in right away. Things seem to be going well for Callie. She’s in a loving relationship, she’s far away from her insufferable mother, Anne, and she has a new project to keep her busy while waiting for Mateo’s daughter to arrive in a few weeks; writing a story on the history of Hyperion House.

Soon after, things begin to change. Callie discovers rooms that are kept permanently locked within the house and the caretaker of the house for whatever reason, is incredibly reluctant to open them. She continuously tells Callie that they are meant to be that way and have been locked for years.

If only Callie would have listened to her, none of the terrible things that were to come would have happened.

An incredibly creepy and beautifully written story from this author. I’ll definitely be looking into reading more of his work!


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