März 1

Besessen – James Herbert (Buchrezension)

Der skeptische Parapsychologe David Ash wird in ein altes Anwesen gerufen. In Edbrook soll es spuken und Ash die Gründe hierfür ergründen. Sehr schnell merkt er, dass er hier keinem Schwindel gegenübersteht, bevor die Geschichte dieses Hauses und seiner Bewohner ihn zu verschlingen droht.

Der Leser bekommt mit diesem Buch eine schöne altmodische Gruselgeschichte, die sich bei der Lektüre zeitgleich wie ein Film vor dem inneren Auge abspielt. James Herbert versteht es sehr gut seine Szenen anschaulich zu beschreiben, verliert sich meines Erachtens aber auch teilweise in seinen Schilderungen und übertreibt es, so dass man den Autor teilweise ins Gewissen reden möchte, dass man nun verstanden hat wie alles aussieht und wirkt. Trotzdem versteht er es sehr gut schaurige Bilder im Kopf entstehen zu lassen, die blumige Schreibweise tritt nur stellenweise im Buch auf, man kann darüber hinwegsehen.
Die Spannung der Geschichte baut sich ziemlich schnell auf, was anhand der niedrigen Seitenzahl nicht verwunderlich ist. Schritt für Schritt steigert der Autor das Erlebte, was am Ende in einem großen Finale seinen schaurigen Abschluss findet. James Herbert lieferte hier keine Meisterleistung ab, aber durchweg einen gut geschrieben, spannenden Gruselroman der altmodischen Art.

Die Charaktere des Buches sind durchweg gut ausgebaut, mit Eigenarten versehen und menschlich. Der Leser kann sich mit der Hauptfigur um Ash gut anfreunden. David Ash, Alkoholiker mit rätselhafter Vergangenheit geht seinem Beruf mit eine gehörigen Portion Skepsis nach und glaubt oberflächlich nicht an übernatürliche Erscheinungen. Vielmehr möchte er durch sein Wirken beweisen, dass es keine übersinnlichen Phänomene gibt und sich so gut wie alles wissenschaftlich erklären lässt. Begründet liegt dieser teilweise schon wahnhafte Drang in einem Erlebnis seiner Vergangenheit, das ihn nicht zur Ruhe kommen lässt.
Die drei auf Edbrook lebenden Geschwister Christina, Simon und Robert nebst ihrer Tante und Hund sich anfänglich schwer durchschaubar, haben seltsame Eigenarten und drängen dem gleichen Ziel wie Ash entgegen, der Aufdeckung des Spuks in ihrem Heim. Trotzdem beschleicht den Leser ziemlich schnell eine gewisse Vorahnung, wohin diese Geschichte am Ende führen wird, was sich in meinem Fall auch leider bewahrheitet hat. Dies nahm zwar die Spannung nicht aus der Geschichte, hätte aber durchaus raffinierter gelöst werden können, so dass auch der Leser an der Nase herumgeführt wird und nicht nur die Charaktere.

Die Geschichte ist in kurzen Kapitel geschrieben, die größtenteils die Erlebnisse Ashs in Edbrook schildern, aber auch Rückblenden in die ferne und auch junge Vergangenheit geben sowie teilweise andere Charaktere näher beleuchten. Sie liest sich flüssig und hält den Leser bei Laune, ist aber nicht unbedingt das, was man einen Pageturner nennen würde.

“Besessen” von James Herbert ist für Fans der älterer Horrorgeneration ein schaurig schöner Gruselspaß, der kurzweilig sehr gut unterhält, aber wohl nicht für immer im Gedächtnis haften bleiben wird. 4 von 5 Sterne.

“Besessen” von James Herbert aus dem Heyne Verlag, 223 Seiten, ISBN-13: 978-3453051775 (wird derzeit nicht mehr verlegt, gibt es nur noch auf dem Gebrauchtbüchermarkt)

Buch auf amazon.de: Besessen. Roman.


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Posted 1. März 2013 by Chrissie in category Buchrezension

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    Liebe Chrissie,
    Ich hab das Buch fertig gelesen und fand es super. Das Ende war echt der Hammer und der einzige Kritikpunkt, den ich hab ist, dass es so kurz war. Ich hätte gerne noch ein paar Hundert Seiten mehr gelesen. Auch der Schreibstil war super. Sehr blumig zwar aber ich mochte das.
    Danke für diesen tollen Buchtip. Wenn dir nochmal so ein Buch unterkommt, so mit Grusel und so, lass es mich ruhig wissen. Da bin ich immer für zu haben..
    Viele Grüße aus dem sonnigen Niedersachsen sendet dir
    Marita

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      Hallo Marita,

      da habe ich dir gerade im Gästebuch geantwortet und schwupps sehe ich, dass du es ja schon ausgelesen hast. 🙂

      Es freut mich sehr, dass dir dieses Buch so gut gefallen hat. Klar werde ich auch weiterhin solche Bücher vorstellen, wenn sie mir in die Finger kommen. 🙂

      LG Chrissie

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