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  1. says:

    I have to admit that I haven’t read any of Simon Clark's novels since his first two Judas Tree is his seventh and shows very well Clark’s development as a novelist The tiny Greek island of Voros is home to a motley crew of inhabitants mainly incomers including Amelia Thomas’ mother Catherine Amelia escapes her life in the north of England for what she hopes will be the safety and security of Voros and a new start in the relationship with her mother But it soon becomes clear that Voros is no ordinary Aegean sun trap for the tourist and expatriate The Thomas’ villa is outwardly luxurious and magnificent but that impression barely conceals many trivial and unexplainable happenings and an overall sense of unease and the growing conviction that the whole island is the centre of unknown forces As if Voros is alive and taking an active part in the lives of its guests both past and presentUnlike Clark’s earliest novels Judas Tree is understated subtle and conveys a brooding sense of unease and suppressed horror all in the sun soaked and idyllic Greek setting which is also very well realised As the novel moves towards its end Simon keeps the reader guessing as to exactly what it will be The number of pages shrinks but no resolution seems to be in sight However we are left with a fast and dramatic conclusion and one that also preserves the complete oddness and otherness of Voros Highly recommended


  2. says:

    Out of the few Simon Clark books I've read so far this has to be up there as one of my favourites The characters and setting of Voros are skilfully and vividly drawn and there is some wonderfully creepy imagery the statues in the villa immediately spring to mind This is a beautifully written ghost story poetic and beguilingly strange which subtly builds to a satisfactory and chilling climax In Judas Tree Simon Clark succeeds in blending the contemporary with the traditional creating a horror story with impressive resonance and depth Highly recommended


  3. says:

    Judas Tree is not only one of the best Simon Clark books I've read but one of the best books I've read in a long time Don't expect gory in your face horror from this one it's a delightfully slow eerie atmospheric tale with characters you genuinely care about or in one case for me dislike intensely Beautifully written A must read for lovers of wonderfully crafted literature of any genre


  4. says:

    In need of a good edit very repetitive We get it every time someone opens the door during the storm grit gets in their eyes We get it I also don't see the point in introducing Bill as a character if he was just going to disappear for the second half of the book and never return in any substantial wayThe disgust characters felt towards the statues that had pieces missing was just over the top I don't doubt that having them towering over you in your house during a dark and intense storm would be scary but could we not with the continuous eww deformed creatures rotten they make me feel sick thing? Especially as this attitude was mirrored in Amelia's reaction to the Oxford childrenWhy oh why was Julius' and Gregoriou's intimate interaction whatever it may have been implied to be a blow job set up in the narrative to be just another horror element during the ahem climax of the plot? Why was Amelia so horrified and running away like oh no the mute guy is doing something evil and horrible to the elderly man? Absolutely ridiculous and unnecessaryI'm also that person who hates when books end on an ambiguous note Okay so there was pretty much no room for imagining that Amelia actually ends up leaving Voros but did Bill find her when she wandered? Did she die? What happened with Rachel Lucy? Etc etc etc I prefer things wrapped up but I know that's my problem and not the book's


  5. says:

    I remembered this being a haunting tale set on a windswept Greek Island Having re read it a few years later I can confirm it is just that and nothing A slow paced yarn with an unsatisfying ending


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Amelia Thomas heads for the sun soaked Greek island of Voros to piece her life back together after a failed romance and a mysterious accident which has left her feeling an outsider to the rest of the worldVoros should be an idyllic peaceful place Here there are no roads no towns I have to admit that I haven’t read any of Simon Clark's novels since his first two Judas Tree is his seventh and shows very well Clark’s development as a novelist The tiny Greek island of Voros is home to a motley crew of inhabitants mainly incomers including Amelia Thomas’ mother Catherine Amelia escapes her life in the north of England for what she hopes will be the safety and security of Voros and a new start in the relationship with her mother But it soon becomes clear that Voros is no ordinary Aegean sun trap for the tourist and expatriate The Thomas’ villa is outwardly luxurious and magnificent but that impression barely conceals many trivial and unexplainable happenings and an overall sense of unease and the growing conviction that the whole island is the centre of unknown forces As if Voros is alive and taking an active part in the lives of its guests both past and presentUnlike Clark’s earliest novels Judas Tree is understated subtle and conveys a brooding sense of unease and suppressed horror all in the sun soaked and idyllic Greek setting which is also very well realised As the novel moves towards its end Simon keeps the reader guessing as to exactly what it will be The number of pages shrinks but no resolution seems to be in sight However we are left with a fast and dramatic conclusion and one that also preserves the complete oddness and otherness of Voros Highly recommended Tidelands (Fairmile the sun soaked Greek island of Voros Pretty Lucy Merwyn to piece her life back Strings together after a failed romance and a mysterious accident which has left her feeling an outsider Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to Catch and Release the rest of Devils Paw (Imp, the worldVoros should be an idyllic peaceful place Here Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, there are no roads no All Tied Up towns I have The Film Snob*s Dictionary to admit In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie that I haven’t read any of Simon Clark's novels since his first Tea Environments and Plantation Culture two Judas Tree is his seventh and shows very well Clark’s development as a novelist The 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains tiny Greek island of Voros is home Survive by the Team to a motley crew of inhabitants mainly incomers including Amelia Thomas’ mother Catherine Amelia escapes her life in Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the north of England for what she hopes will be Washington! (Wagons West, the safety and security of Voros and a new start in Tennessee! (Wagons West, the relationship with her mother But it soon becomes clear Celebration! (Wagons West, that Voros is no ordinary Aegean sun Texas! (Wagons West, trap for I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the Revenge ni Miss Piggy tourist and expatriate The Thomas’ villa is outwardly luxurious and magnificent but Breakfast Book that impression barely conceals many The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade trivial and unexplainable happenings and an overall sense of unease and Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the growing conviction A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery that Card Concepts the whole island is Schadenfreude the centre of unknown forces As if Voros is alive and Emotional Victory taking an active part in Still Life with Woodpecker the lives of its guests both past and presentUnlike Clark’s earliest novels Judas Tree is understated subtle and conveys a brooding sense of unease and suppressed horror all in Bo Knows Bo the sun soaked and idyllic Greek setting which is also very well realised As Gender and Food the novel moves Radio Silence towards its end Simon keeps Finer Women the reader guessing as Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to exactly what it will be The number of pages shrinks but no resolution seems Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays to be in sight However we are left with a fast and dramatic conclusion and one Crazy Horses Girlfriend that also preserves Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the complete oddness and otherness of Voros Highly recommended

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Hape events to invade lives and to make people to do strange sometimes frightening thingsThat dark power is about to reach out to Amelia and take her on a strange and ghostly journey of self discovery A journey where danger lurksDescription from back cover of mass market paperba Judas Tree is not only one of the best Simon Clark books I've read but one of the best books I've read in a long time Don't expect gory in your face horror from this one it's a delightfully slow eerie atmospheric tale with characters you genuinely care about or in one case for me dislike intensely Beautifully written A must read for lovers of wonderfully crafted literature of any genre