"Nyctophobia', by Christopher Fowler, is creepy, to say the least, but in a good way. The characters are well-developed and we learn a lot about them throughout the story. Callie, the main character, is easy to identify with. Her lack of confidence spurs you to stand up and cheer when something good happens to her, and then shudder when something bad occurs. A few of the secondary characters were as interesting as the main ones. The old lady in town who loved to drink wine was a particular favorite of mine.

The Hyperion House seems so perfect at the beginning. Delving into the house’s history is fun and mysterious. This novel is one that grabbed me from the beginning and held me until…well, almost the end. There seemed to be an extraordinary amount of backstory and we learned about the characters without a lot of action happening. I kept reading because I’d become so attached to the characters that I couldn’t wait to see their fates. By the time I’d read the last page and all the loose ends were tied up, (which I appreciate in any book) I sat back, holding the novel and contemplating the end. Yes, it all makes sense. Yes, I loved this character-driven novel enough to recommend it to all horror fans.

Book Blurb for Nyctophobia

An original thriller from bestselling author Christopher Fowler that reinventing the haunted house story.

Newly-married architect Callie and her wealthy husband Mateo move to Hyperion House, a grand old home in southern Spain. It's an eccentric place built in front of a cliff: serene and beautiful, but eerily symmetrical, and cunningly styled so that half the house is flooded with light, and half – locked up and neglected – is shrouded in darkness. Unemployed and feeling isolated in a foreign country, Callie determines to research the history of the curious building.

But the past is sometimes best left alone. Uncovering the folklore of the house's strange history, Callie is drawn into darkness and delusion. As a teenager Callie was afraid of the dark, and now with her adolescent nyctophobia returning she becomes convinced there's someone in the darkened rooms. Somewhere in the darkness lies the truth about Hyperion House.

But some doors should never be opened.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2014 4.50