Buy Used
CDN$ 0.68
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by momox ca
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. For DVDs please check region code before ordering.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Hiding from the Light Paperback – Feb 19 2009

3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
CDN$ 7.67 CDN$ 0.68

Harry Potter Book Boutique
click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper (Feb. 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007288638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007288632
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,073,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of this author ever since I read her wonderful bestselling book, "Lady of Hay". So, I looked forward to reading this, her latest book, which has supernatural portents and characters from another place and time.

In this book, the mid-seventeenth century and the present converge. Ghosts from the time of Oliver Cromwell, when Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, unjustly persecuted women in some rural communities in North Essex for being witches, are stirring. With Halloween on the horizon, it is only a matter of time before they make their presence felt.

Emma Dickinson, a high-powered business executive finds herself inexorably drawn to a quaint cottage in a rural community in North Essex, where, as a child, she had spent some time. Leaving behind her lover and significant other, she buys her dream cottage, which long ago belonged to a herbalist named Liza who met her end at the hands of the Witchfinder General. When Emma moves into the cottage, she begins having a series of nightmares of a past that she cannot bear to remember.

Unbeknownst to her, Mike Sinclair, the handsome new rector of her parish, likewise finds himself consumed by images of the past. A voice in his head interjects concepts and feelings that are alien to Mike. He is at a loss to explain what is happening and does not know that he is barreling towards a climax that will be decisive in determining whether the forces of evil or good will prevail.

The author, a master storyteller, weaves a tale that is engaging, but the quality of the writing, however, is uneven, and some of the characters are not fully-fleshed. Moreover, the book could have benefited from some better editing. Nonetheless, while the book falls somewhat short of the standards that this author herself has set, it is still a moderately entertaining book that fans of the author will, in some measure, enjoy.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Hiding From the Light is the first book of Erskine's that I have read and it may very well be the last. The description on the back of the book sounded interesting so I was looking forward to it, but it disappointed. The characters are one dimensional and none of them are particularly evoking of sympathy. Instead of proving any sort of point that people should be accepted for being different (a bit PC, I grant), this novel instead fulfills all the fears of that people have toward Wiccans. While I understand that Erskine was trying to display history repeating itself in modern day witch scares, the characters respond to each other with maddening foolishness and it seems to take forever to get anywhere with the story. The fact that the author displays women as totally stupid and weak willed (Emma, Paula) or foolhardy and blinded by self righteousness (Lyndsey, Sarah, Judith) and all in need of saving by religious men (Mike, Bill) left a bad taste in my mouth to say the least. That both Sarah and Liz (in addition to Lyndsey in modern day) betray their own ideals in order to avenge themselves on men simply confirmed the fears they were unjustly accused of originally! Other characters are introduced but have no bearing to the story, so I am not sure why they are there at all (Emma's mom and stepdad, friend Flora, even ex-lover Piers, really) And if a writer is going to fill 540 pages, at least have something more interesting happen than Emma whining about her lost love (who it sounds like she is much better off without), please. Some romance, real scares, and believable characters would have helped.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book provided lightweight diversion when waiting for busses or when nothing is on the TV, the setting, storyline and characters were cozy in a twee, Olde English way, but the weak writing style really got in the way. The prose is littered with cliches and lazy terminology, including adjectives as 'lovely' and 'ordinary'. These words (unless used in dialogue) is inexcusable in a novel. I could not immerse myself in the story or feel concerned about what what happened next, although I ploughed onwards to the end. I also feel an opportunity had been missed to make Mike Sinclair, the rector more sinister and interesting. He was the best element of the story and held it (albeit a little) together. Sadly, the characters were flat and the story was too long.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book. I've always been a fan of Barbara Erskine and this book lives up to her usual standards. It's a great read in the dark and the place she sets the book gives off a wonderful atmosphere, evoking witches and the Ward, a sort of pre-medieval protector of the village. The ending is quite suprising. My only complaint would be that we never find out where Hopkins is buried, or what actually happened to him. Sorry, I've gone and blown the book now haven't I?
A great read and one I would recommend.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
... and possession and witches if you read this book.
I've been a huge Barbara Erskine fan since reading Lady of Hay. Unfortunately this book (at least the regular-size type edition) has not been released for sale in the United States yet. Fortunately I was able to order it through
This is a long, virtual door-stopper size book - at just over 540 pages, this hardcover is a hefty read. Though there were a few spots where it did lag a tiny bit, the plot was well done and the action continued to move at a brisk pace keeping my interest through the entire book.
Emma Dickson is a successful business woman living in London with her fiancé Piers. During a visit to her dentist, she leafs through a magazine and sees a cottage for sale on the Essex coast. It's a house she remembers from her childhood summers in the country. She immediately senses that she must buy the house. Piers wants nothing to do with it. He loves their life in London and flatly refuses to even look at the cottage. Emma goes out to the country herself, falls immediately in love with the house, and puts in an offer for it. She buys it against the wishes of her fiancé, quits her job, and leaves Piers behind in the city. ...the excitement is just about to begin for Emma.
The cottage Emma bought is haunted, as is the local shop, by long-dead spirits who were once in a heated battle - one was a witch (the ghost in Emma's cottage) prosecuted by the Witch Finder General Matthew Hopkins (the ghost in the local shop). The spirits of these people begin a war against each other using the living players in the tiny village, pitting one against the other. Slowly a tide of evil builds in the town. Senseless crimes are committed. Life in the village is thrown out of balance.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category