I read these books a few months ago during my huge blogging break and they still play on my mind even today. If you have ever read anything my James Herbert you will know just how disturbing his books can be. I am not afraid of rats but these books terrified me. Rats is set in London, when the authorities start discovering a number of people who appear to have been mauled by a group of giant rats. Even people that seem to get bitten just once end up dying the following day after a set of horrendous symptoms. Harrison, a local teacher is one of the first to realise the full depth of the problem and the only one who has survived spending any time with these creatures and him and the Government must find a way of stopping the infestation.
Lair is the sequel and is appears not all of the rats have been destroyed like was originally believed. Soon more deaths are springing up along forest land and a local scientist must stop them. This is again a terrifying read.
These books are not for the faint – hearted, some of the scenes are particularly graphic and I could not get them off my mind.These books are gruesome but they are also clever casting real fear into the heart of the reader. He also creates some quite disturbing characters – such as the teacher that enjoys revealing himself in public and serves victim.
James Herbert has now sadly passed but he has always been known as Britain’s number one Chiller writer and I would agree with that statement very much.