The Devil's Beat (2020)

The Devil's Beat Robert Edric The Devil s Beat An extraordinary novel Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Howard s End meet The Crucible It is surely a simple case of hysteria Four young women allegedly witness a terrifying apparition while walking in th
  • Title: The Devil's Beat
  • Author: Robert Edric
  • ISBN: 9780857520036
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
The Devil's Beat Robert Edric An extraordinary novel Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Howard s End meet The Crucible It is surely a simple case of hysteria Four young women allegedly witness a terrifying apparition while walking in the woods Has the devil really revealed himself to them Are they genuine victims of demonic possession Or, as most suspect, is their purpose in claiming all of this consAn extraordinary novel Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Howard s End meet The Crucible It is surely a simple case of hysteria Four young women allegedly witness a terrifying apparition while walking in the woods Has the devil really revealed himself to them Are they genuine victims of demonic possession Or, as most suspect, is their purpose in claiming all of this considerably prosaic The eyes of the country turn to a small Nottinghamshire town, where an inquiry is to be held Everyone there is living through hard, uncertain times The king is recently dead It is a new century a new world looking to the future But here, in the ancient heart of England, an old beast stirs Four men must examine the substance of the girls tales and decide their fate a minister, a doctor, a magistrate, and Merritt, an investigator a seemingly perfect blend of the rational, the sacred and the judicial And yet, as the feverish excitement all around them grows ever widespread and infectious, there is both doubt and conflict among the members of this panel The Devil s Beat explores the unforeseeable and unstoppable outcome of this inquiry an alarming and unsettling time during which the whole of that small world seems in turmoil as one after another hitherto dependable natural checks and balances, beliefs and superstitions are challenged and then lost.
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  1. Mark Rice

    Robert Edric s prose is eloquent He creates fully formed characters and, often through the use of subtle subtext, gives us insights into their souls Edric never spoon feeds the reader he adheres to the adage that good writing should start in the writer s imagination and finish in the reader s His characters are archetypes, and beautifully constructed ones at that he never falls into the lazy habit of using stereotypes Each character is unique, possessing idiosyncrasies that make him her all the [...]

  2. Marleen

    In a small Nottinghamshire town early in the 20th century five girls claim to have encountered a terrifying apparition while walking in the woods According to the girls the creature they encountered was neither man nor beast and appeared demonic.While a lot of people are than happy to brush these statements aside as mischievous attention seeking by the girls, they cause enough upheaval for an official inquiry to be called.Three local men, a minister, a doctor and a magistrate are joined by Merr [...]

  3. Kylie

    In a word dull The Times lauds this book s genuine sense of menace , but I m sorry I just can t see it.I picked this up hoping either that there would be some supernatural excitement, or if not something all human but sinister and twisted Neither occurred First off, I have a problem with how little actually caused the inquest to happen Some young girls saying they d seen the Devil, one having supposed poltergeist activity once, and one supposed aborted assault in the night just doesn t seem like [...]

  4. Maya Panika

    The blurb invited me in with the promise of a paranormal tale about a group of schoolgirls who claim to have encountered the Devil in the forest in rural Nottingamshire but there s nothing supernatural about this story It s basically a courtroom drama, and not even a very involving, exciting or eventful one.Dreadfully slow for the first two thirds, it does speed up in the final chapters, then suddenly stops, just as the plot was getting tense and interesting, which was incredibly frustrating The [...]

  5. Louise

    Interesting book set I believe in the early 1900 s, where five girls claim to have seen the devil in the woods.Based largely on the inquiry to find out if they are telling the truth or not, it throws in some interesting characters, and how they fit into the workings of a small village.As the story unfolds, things come to light, making the ring leader seem not just suspicious but sinisteruntil the ending that reveals what really happened was never quite what you thought.Well written, nicely pac [...]

  6. Leianne

    Not the story I was expecting to read from the title Never judge a book by its cover It took me at least 10 chapters to get into it and I found it a struggle to pick it up and keep reading The last few chapters were much quicker and made me want to finish the book I would recommend to anyone who likes a courtroom drama.

  7. Beth

    This book kind of haunts me a realistic look at the realities of justice and it s restrictions, the corruption within tight knit communities and seemingly good people Its also unnerving as anything.

  8. Nadine Wiseman

    This review contains spoilers and is really only for people who ve read the book as I can t be naffed explaining it This book starts and ends very strongly, but in between is mushy, confusing and indecisive Merrit turns out to be a deeply disappointing and occasionally cowardly creature in the beginning I liked his refusal to be baited or bow to local hostility and took it as strength, but it soon segues into a sort of weary, weak resignation He won t even take on the utterly odious Magistrate W [...]

  9. Janette Fleming

    SynopsisIt is surely a simple case of hysteria Four young women allegedly witness a terrifying apparition while walking in the woods Has the devil really revealed himself to them Are they genuine victims of demonic possession Or, as most suspect, is their purpose in claiming all of this considerably prosaic The eyes of the country turn to a small Nottinghamshire town, where an inquiry is to be held Everyone there is living through hard, uncertain times The king is recently dead It is a new cent [...]

  10. Jaykayrisque

    Uncertainties pervade this intriguing story Four girls have met the devil in the woods or so they say The official enquiry isn t a trial in law, and it s certainly not a witch trial the setting is rural Nottinghamshire in 1910 Authority falters in the face of public disappointment with the process, and the excited speculation of those who seek to capitalize and mislead The men who lead the enquiry are divided by their own agendas Gradually dark suspicions take form The descriptions of time, plac [...]

  11. Jimmy Burns

    This was an ultimately disappointing read, starting off with mystery and diabolic intrigue but the narrative began to lose its way and it seemed to me that the author was undecided on where to place the emphasis of his judgement At various stages of the book the spotlight was on Merrit and his struggle to bring some order to an insular and hostile townsfolk but the reader is tantalised by the ferral and cunning group of young girls and the power politics of Webb and Firth whilst Dr Nash graduall [...]

  12. Susan

    Investigator Francis Merrit is sent to a small Nottinghamshire town in 1910 to lead an inquiry into claims made by five young girls Along with the blustering Oliver Webb, magistrate, Aubrey Edward Firth, a minister with an overbearing wife and Dr Simeon Nash he leads the inquiry panel However, it soon becomes clear that his presence is resented, both by Webb and Firth, who have their own personal agenda and by the girls families The girls claim to have seen the devil in a local wood Led by Mary [...]

  13. Jenny

    I read this book in a remarkably short amount of time, Edric s writing is engrossing and fascinating, the characters and places are described beautifully, and I enjoyed reading it from the first page to the last.However, I found the ending abrupt and rather disappointing given the slow build up through the rest of the novel In some ways it felt to me like only half a book all build up, no actual climax.That is not to say it is a wasted read, I stress that I did thoroughly enjoy it as I read it, [...]

  14. Michael Davies

    The premise of an investigation into an apparent case of demonic visitation in a small Nottinghamshire village in the early 20th century seemed a promising one, with echoes of Salem witch trials and Huxley s the Devils of Loudun However, the story never really ignited, since most people never believed the troubled girls who came up with the claim in the first place and of the Devil himself there was never a whisper There was a twist at the end, and a nasty one, but set firmly in grim reality Per [...]

  15. Jo

    It s 1910 and Merrit is sent to a small town to head up an inquiry into the supposed appearance of a demonic force to a group of young girls Riddles and conjecture, lies and blame are all he can find There isn t a definite conclusion but hints and suggestions for the reader to deduce what they will This was a mighty fine novel to read, I was sucked in and absorbed into the pages until I felt I was witnessing the events unfolding Definitely an author I want to read of.

  16. Citoongirl

    Considered two stars because I did, after all, finish it But no, it was dull as hell so it gets one Next to no plot, with a hint at the end of what could have been a lurid but honest potboiler Characters either uninteresting or irritating No sense of place or time if it weren t for the blurb I d have no idea it was set in 1910 another reviewer thinks it s set in the 30s One of those books that when you read the reviews, you can t quite believe some people read the same book as you.

  17. Dantanian

    Genre d in my library as a Horror which is not at all an exercise in village dynamicsReminded me in essence of The Crucible , so much so, initially that I kept reading it in American Of course, there are parallels, this book being very much about the power of lies and the ridicule of authority A splendid and erudite drama.

  18. Wilde Sky

    Some children report seeing a demon and an enquiry is set up to investigate their claims.The basic idea for this book was interesting, but the slow pace and odd plot points such as the incompetent panel meant I couldn t really engage with this book.I gave this book a 3 rating but it is really a 2.5.

  19. Sydne

    This book could have made so much of the subject a witch hunt in a small rural town, being investigated amongst others by an outsider coming into the town At the end, the feeling prevails that the investigator got entangled in minor aspects and both he and the author missed the point completely Acceptable as a holiday read, but nothing .

  20. Diane

    Set in Edwardian England, this mystery begins with several young girls in a rural town claiming to have seen the devil in the woods A judge, a doctor, and a minister go to investigate I found the book disappointing because it didn t develop the right atmosphere for a possibly supernatural story, and because the author did not develop the girls characters very well.

  21. Tracey Watson

    More court room drama than liked and I felt that the story wasn t very original too much like The Salem Witch Trials.

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