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30 review for Baba Lenka: Pure Occult Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Eva and her family attend the funeral of Baba Lenka in Bavaria and things go horribly wrong when the coffin is dropped. During the ruckus a small doll rolls over towards Eva, who picks it up and takes it home without anyone noticing. Over the course of the next few months, Eva gets very unwell, her parents believe it's a mental health issue from witnessing what she saw at the funeral and ship her off to live with her grandparents. Every night, Baba Lenka's life is replayed via Eva's dreams, and Eva and her family attend the funeral of Baba Lenka in Bavaria and things go horribly wrong when the coffin is dropped. During the ruckus a small doll rolls over towards Eva, who picks it up and takes it home without anyone noticing. Over the course of the next few months, Eva gets very unwell, her parents believe it's a mental health issue from witnessing what she saw at the funeral and ship her off to live with her grandparents. Every night, Baba Lenka's life is replayed via Eva's dreams, and eventually she is approached to join a secret society of the elite... I really enjoyed this book although it took me longer to read than books usually do! Mid way through it goes back in time and Baba Lenka's story is told in more detail. There was some truly frightening scenes in this book! Witchcraft and occultism in abundance, if you like these story plots this is definitely worth reading! This was the first book I've read by S.E. England and won't be the last!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Tilbury

    I've read and enjoyed all of England's books, but this one has now become my favourite. It's the best type of horror - disturbing and thought provoking, nerve jangling and no over use of blood, guts and gore. After attending the funeral of her great-grandmother, 7 year old Eva begins to suffer from nightmares, in which her great-grandmother tries to communicate with her. Just over 8 years later, Eva disappears. She writes her best friend, Nicky, a letter explaining what had happened. This story pe I've read and enjoyed all of England's books, but this one has now become my favourite. It's the best type of horror - disturbing and thought provoking, nerve jangling and no over use of blood, guts and gore. After attending the funeral of her great-grandmother, 7 year old Eva begins to suffer from nightmares, in which her great-grandmother tries to communicate with her. Just over 8 years later, Eva disappears. She writes her best friend, Nicky, a letter explaining what had happened. This story perfectly illustrates why you should be careful what you wish for, and why material wealth and possessions are not worth as much as your soul. Baba Lenka needs to tell Eva her story so that Eva doesn't make the same mistakes she did. Having some parts of the book told from Lenka's POV, and others from Eva's made for interesting reading. Once I'd started this book I knew I'd fly through it - thanks to England's excellent writing and ability to put the reader inside the story. VERY highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    cassandra Fleming

    Must read Wow, I absolutely devoured this book. It draws you in from the first chapter and holds you right to the very end. There is definitely more to this world and this book makes you think a little harder into the things that happen all around us. Sarah England is a must read novelist and if you haven't read anything by her yet, then you are missing out. Can't wait for the next journey.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve Turnock

    A Masterclass in Terror I have had the pleasure of reading this outstanding author for four years now. Every book is different but the one constant is they get better and better...this one is no exception to that rule. Prepare to enter a world of darkness, of witchcraft, occult ceremony and the demonic. A world of lies and manipulation where nothing is what it seems. Starting in Bavaria in the 1970s, young Eva and her parents have travelled from England to attend the funeral of Baba Lenka, Eva's A Masterclass in Terror I have had the pleasure of reading this outstanding author for four years now. Every book is different but the one constant is they get better and better...this one is no exception to that rule. Prepare to enter a world of darkness, of witchcraft, occult ceremony and the demonic. A world of lies and manipulation where nothing is what it seems. Starting in Bavaria in the 1970s, young Eva and her parents have travelled from England to attend the funeral of Baba Lenka, Eva's great grandmother. However, things go horribly wrong at the funeral. The graveside scene is pure horror at its best. My scalp crawled and the images of what happened will stay with me for a long time. Obviously it doesn't end there. Eva picks up a strange doll left on the path and takes it home with her back to England...then the nightmares really begin...quite literally. I'm not easy to scare but the ensuing night terrors had the goose flesh rising on my arms. Baba Lanka's life is fed to Eva night after night , images of occultism and devil worship as Lenka is inducted into a secret society of Satanists . A society that wants to plunge the human race into fear, hatred and war. Eva can only watch in horror as she sees Lenka's instrumental role in both world wars, her and her legion of demons...demons that have now attached themselves to Eva. I won't give any more of the plot away , just to say that you will absolutely live Eva's story as you follow her into darkness. Once more, the research is exemplary. Whether it's nineteenth century Europe or 1970s Britain, Sarah pulls you right in to history and brings it to life in front of your eyes. The characterisation is perfect too, from the decent to the diabolical to the grotesque. Honestly, wait until you meet Earl Hart...one of the most repulsive characters in modern fiction. All vividly brought to life at the hands of a master story teller. The ending is deeply poignant and as ever with Sarah, completely unexpected. This author always has the ability to pull the rug from under you right at the end. This is no exception. Personally, I loved it...It felt completely right. A ray of hope in the darkness...I think we all need that. Particularly in the dark days we are living through now. So, if you love dark fiction or if you just love superb writing, this is the book for you. This is an author at the height of her powers, and in my opinion, the finest writer of dark fiction working in Britain today.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emma Ounsworth

    Baba Lenka is a supernatural novel that switches back and forth between the two females Baba Lenka and Eva Hart, who have a terrible legacy to fulfil. Poor Eva is witness to Baba Lenkas funeral and unwittingly takes seething home with her, what follows is literally Hell on Earth for the 8 year old girl. Demons, ghosts and devils galore as the young girl first fights then slowly accepts her fate but wait, does she? Another great, well written horror story from Sarah England, she never disappoints

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Davies

    I enjoy reading books about folklore and the occult and this book ticked the boxes. The story spread over decades tells the story of Eva and Baba Lenka. This is a dark read, with the story of the occult running through this story, the telling of what happened to Baba Lenka and the ordeal she had to go through from a young age. Reading about Eva being brought up in the 70s bought back memories of the power cuts and I remember well eating my dinner to candlelight. Reading how Eva was brought up her I enjoy reading books about folklore and the occult and this book ticked the boxes. The story spread over decades tells the story of Eva and Baba Lenka. This is a dark read, with the story of the occult running through this story, the telling of what happened to Baba Lenka and the ordeal she had to go through from a young age. Reading about Eva being brought up in the 70s bought back memories of the power cuts and I remember well eating my dinner to candlelight. Reading how Eva was brought up her grandparents was heartbreaking but as the story unfolds, you learn the full reason why her parents did it. If you like reading about the occult than pick up this book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marina Schnierer

    Eva Hart is only 7 years old when she is forced to travel with her parents to an icy cold Bavarian village for her great-grandmother's funeral but this was no conventional funeral and something happened there that would completely change the course of Eva's Life. Eva was warned but did she heed that warning? You will have to read the book to find out. Reading this book with everything that is going on around the world gave me chills because it makes you think about the evil in this world both se Eva Hart is only 7 years old when she is forced to travel with her parents to an icy cold Bavarian village for her great-grandmother's funeral but this was no conventional funeral and something happened there that would completely change the course of Eva's Life. Eva was warned but did she heed that warning? You will have to read the book to find out. Reading this book with everything that is going on around the world gave me chills because it makes you think about the evil in this world both seen and unseen. Sarah's writing is beautiful even when writing about something as serious as the occult. It draws you in and doesn't let go even after you've read the final page. You will be thinking about this one long after it's finished. Another amazing story by the talented Sarah England!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is the one that they should make into a film! Now, I would love for the 'Father of Lies' Trilogy plus 'The Owlmen' to be made into a movie, but the scope of that story would be REALLY difficult and a lot of work. 'Baba Lenka,' on the other hand, has the perfect amount of terror combined with a story that could be told so perfectly on screen. I know this has nothing to do with my review, but it is the PERFECT of England's book to make into a movie. Eva Hart is young girl when she goes with he This is the one that they should make into a film! Now, I would love for the 'Father of Lies' Trilogy plus 'The Owlmen' to be made into a movie, but the scope of that story would be REALLY difficult and a lot of work. 'Baba Lenka,' on the other hand, has the perfect amount of terror combined with a story that could be told so perfectly on screen. I know this has nothing to do with my review, but it is the PERFECT of England's book to make into a movie. Eva Hart is young girl when she goes with her parents to her grandmother's funeral in a small Bavarian village. From the beginning, she notices the strangeness of the circumstance they are in. The villagers and the priest do not want to bury Baba Lenka and it only happens after Eva's mother finally convinces the priest to do it outside of the village. A strange group of people prepare Lenka's body and Eva is so confused by everything that is happening around her. The people at the funeral start wailing in a crazed, frightening manner, so Eva's parents, the priest, and she run the moment they start spinning the casket around. Without her mother's knowledge, Eva finds, but is really gifted with, what she believes is a doll. From then on, Eva's and her family's troubles begin. The story then goes into Lenka's point of view and the knowledge and horror of the "family legacy" is revealed. Sarah England scares me like no other author before her. Everyone finds a lot of the major horror writers to be frightening, but Ms. England delivers the occult with a knowledge that I will never understand. This book told the story of Lenka and Eva with such grace and terror that I could see it being on the screen about halfway through. It was just one of those books that makes you feel for the characters--they are normal, human beings until the legacy takes hold. The characters are so relatable that you feel for them as they sink into a darkness that no one has been able to stop yet. This horrifying book gets an A- from me and, once again, I would love to see this story on screen!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    Oh My Days! This book chilled me to the bone, and gave me a rather weird night of semi-sleep...! It's not my first outing with this author so I knew what to expect as she always hits me with all things spooky and, especially in this case, frightening. We start back in the past when a young Eva travels with her parents to attend the funeral of her grandmother Baba Lenka. It is at this event that she inadvertently picks up something despite being told very sternly NOT to take anything away with her Oh My Days! This book chilled me to the bone, and gave me a rather weird night of semi-sleep...! It's not my first outing with this author so I knew what to expect as she always hits me with all things spooky and, especially in this case, frightening. We start back in the past when a young Eva travels with her parents to attend the funeral of her grandmother Baba Lenka. It is at this event that she inadvertently picks up something despite being told very sternly NOT to take anything away with her. This kick starts something within her and she soon finds that she is powerless to resist. The something turns out to be very dark and during the time that follows, she learns what happened to Baba Lenka. All this being told in the form of a book sent to her childhood friend. It's a story of devil worship, of some really nasty things that happen in and around this. It's a tale of heartbreak and illness, with a side order of revenge. It's not for the faint hearted as quite a lot is very hard hitting. But all within the story; never for sensationalism. The story gets on with itself very well with no superfluous waffle and there are the more quiet times which I really needed for a bit of respite from the horrors that were going on. Characterisation is excellent. Each, main and supporting, are all very well described and felt real. Part of why the book scared me so much! All in all, another winner from an author who is now firmly cemented on my watch list.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Wild

    This is the stuff nightmares are made of! Dennis Wheatley eat your heart out. A tale of witchcraft and sorcery set in Bavaria and Yorkshire, revolving around a legacy which is passed on between the female members of a family. Poppets, demonic symbols and satanic rituals set the scene! This is such a dark and disturbing story. It’s Sarah England’s scariest book yet. It’s definitely one to read with the light on or, even better, during daylight hours! Some of the characters frightened the life out This is the stuff nightmares are made of! Dennis Wheatley eat your heart out. A tale of witchcraft and sorcery set in Bavaria and Yorkshire, revolving around a legacy which is passed on between the female members of a family. Poppets, demonic symbols and satanic rituals set the scene! This is such a dark and disturbing story. It’s Sarah England’s scariest book yet. It’s definitely one to read with the light on or, even better, during daylight hours! Some of the characters frightened the life out of me. It’s well written with a macabre but gripping plot line. I have to admit that at times I found it a little too unsettling as some of the scenes are quite disquieting and intense. But, all in all, a chilling and blood curdling page turner which fans of this genre should love. A word of warning, though, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. It will have you quaking in your boots! 😈

  11. 5 out of 5

    Babe9622

    Brilliantly terrifying !! A terrifying story of horrific satanic worship , rituals and curses told through the eyes of the females in a family that are cursed from a young age to endure heart break and suffering. From the very first few pages you are totally immersed in the lives of innocent girls that are unaware of how their destinies are changed and already planned out . The suffering they endure is gut wrenching and have you so engrossed that you will struggle to put the book down . Sarah Eng Brilliantly terrifying !! A terrifying story of horrific satanic worship , rituals and curses told through the eyes of the females in a family that are cursed from a young age to endure heart break and suffering. From the very first few pages you are totally immersed in the lives of innocent girls that are unaware of how their destinies are changed and already planned out . The suffering they endure is gut wrenching and have you so engrossed that you will struggle to put the book down . Sarah England is the absolute queen of occult horror and has yet again wrote a fantastic book that has exceeded expectations. To anyone who already loves occult horror or is just starting off , I would highly recommend Baba Lenka as it’s nothing short of brilliant. Thank you for writing another wonderful book .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jirinka (sony08)

    Wow. If the blurb doesn’t put fear into your bones, the book certainly will. This is a tale of the darkest powers, practices and beliefs and it sends shivers down your spine with every page. Eva experiences a funeral that no child should ever be part to with horrific consequences. She is ripped from her home, her parents and her own little self, forced to grow up and accept that she is a pawn in something much bigger and stronger than anything she ever knew and believed in. The story of Baba Lenka Wow. If the blurb doesn’t put fear into your bones, the book certainly will. This is a tale of the darkest powers, practices and beliefs and it sends shivers down your spine with every page. Eva experiences a funeral that no child should ever be part to with horrific consequences. She is ripped from her home, her parents and her own little self, forced to grow up and accept that she is a pawn in something much bigger and stronger than anything she ever knew and believed in. The story of Baba Lenka is fascinating, cruel and sad all at once with the added disbelief of what one person can actually be put through. The lives of those girls are torn away from them when very young and their paths set up into a life of hatred, darkness and loneliness. Fantastic book and highly recommended to anyone with interest in the paranormal and all things occult.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    Wow, I have to confess that I think this is by far the scariest book of Sarah England's I have read! I couldn't even read it at night, lol, which is why it took me a little bit longer than normal to read. The story is told from the points of view of Eva Hart as well as her grandmother, Baba Lenka, and spans many years. Of course, there is plenty of terrifying and creepy to be read in this story, to an overwhelming degree, sometimes. I love the relationship that Eva had with Nicky and her mother, Wow, I have to confess that I think this is by far the scariest book of Sarah England's I have read! I couldn't even read it at night, lol, which is why it took me a little bit longer than normal to read. The story is told from the points of view of Eva Hart as well as her grandmother, Baba Lenka, and spans many years. Of course, there is plenty of terrifying and creepy to be read in this story, to an overwhelming degree, sometimes. I love the relationship that Eva had with Nicky and her mother, but that is about the only light to go with the shade. I liked the way the book ended, I wasn't sure how it was going to be wrapped up. And I cheered when Eva's grandfather got what was coming to him! There is much out there that we just can't explain yet.... 4.5 stars from me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rach Chippendale

    Superb Occult Horror Tale, Rich in BackStory, History & Detail Having read the Father of Lies Trilogy some time ago and been very impressed by the quality of Sarah’s writing and character creation, this is the first of her more recent work I have read. I was not disappointed. This is a stormer of a legacy tale of a family inheritance of evil spanning many generations. The fascinating part being the reality of a sixteen year old girl facing the brutality of that inheritance in near present day. I re Superb Occult Horror Tale, Rich in BackStory, History & Detail Having read the Father of Lies Trilogy some time ago and been very impressed by the quality of Sarah’s writing and character creation, this is the first of her more recent work I have read. I was not disappointed. This is a stormer of a legacy tale of a family inheritance of evil spanning many generations. The fascinating part being the reality of a sixteen year old girl facing the brutality of that inheritance in near present day. I read this in one sitting, Wiki-ing detail and learning more about parts of history as I became immersed. Wickedly, terrifyingly excellent work!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Peplow

    Holy S*** I didn't want to stop reading and wished it went on longer. This has got to be one of the darkest books I've ever read and definitely Sarah's darkest book yet. If you are scared easily and you don't want nightmares then I highly recommend you don't read this but for those who a fan of horror then this is a book you have to read. As always, Sarah knocks it out of the park. Great work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Mccarthy

    I love sarahs books but this one i think must be her best book so far.... I started reading this book one night in bed and i must admit i was a bit scared so had to put it down so i could sleep.....But the next day i was back into it as i wanted to know what was happening a brilliant book its creepy and terrifying ... Very well written......I need another Sarah England book to read just love the books

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samt

    Baba Lenka is the first book I’ve read by S. E England, but it definitely won’t be the last. This was a cracking read, genuinely creepy and unsettling. I loved the two timelines and how the stories intertwined. I’m quite a hardened horror fan, but I will admit to keeping a lamp on when I read this in bed (despite my kindle having it’s own light!) I became completely immersed in both Eva and Lenka’s stories and couldn’t stop reading. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol Peace

    Wow what can I say about this book? you really need to read it yourself and I would say everyone should. The book shows the world of witchcraft and the very explosive meeting of Eva Hart and her very dark maternal grandparent Baba Lenka. Will she ever get over this meeting or what I should say will she ever be allowed to. You will be hooked from the beginning right to the last page. Sarah England is a must read for me. Thank you TBConFacebook for the introduction to her book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Lindsey

    Redundant themes. Story of a young girl's terror when she unwittingly accepts her great grandmother's burden. Outside of a few typos, the story was well-written. Baba Lenka's and Eva Hart's disappointments/anger did not seem sufficient to accept accepting Satan. Not the first book I've read by this author, but may be the last due to the recurring theme of black magic, insane asylum and/or retirment homes being a mainstay in every novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louise Sowter

    This genre is something I haven’t ventured into much and as an insomniac read a lot at night .. maybe wasn’t the best idea lol .. but I loved it magical and actually had me unable to put it down .. having read books from this author before was enamoured when offered this book to read and review .. as a group of friends we discussed the book and all raved about it most even more than me who read such genres often definitely go on to recommend

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Morris

    Deliciously spooky! This was a very entertaining tale of the dark arts haunting a family through the generations. However, the so called "normal" members of the family were, to me at least, more repulsive than those afflicted by their dark inheritance. The child's grandfather, a violent physical and sexual bully got his comeuppance in the end. I hope that this book wasn't just a "one-off" as I would like to see this family theme developed further. Well recommended!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ab

    2.5 stars. An okay read about a girl becoming a witch and what happens to her, and what happened to her grandmother, Baba Lenka. I didn't really find it scary, but more frustrating that each girl is as gullible and pretty much dumb as the previous one. I kept waiting for her to grow into power and be strong and vengeful on those who'd wronged her (both Eva and her grandmother), but it's more about the Satanic cult of men who constantly take advantage of women's lives, bodies, and minds.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Selina Trafford

    I think one of Sarahs best. This book not only deals with family betrayal, witchcraft and the legacies we pass onto our children. It reels you in, makes you connect with the characters. Takes you on the journey to Germany and the UK where you can experience racism, love, fear and hate along with tides of dispair but most of all hope. I highly recommend this to all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Greta Halliday

    I love this writer, I get great pleasure in reading all her books and this has to be her darkest one yet. A story of the occult through generations of one family and the heartbreak and suffering that results from this evil practice. My favourite genre this is up there with the very best that I have read. An excellent read. 5* from me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cushing

    This is one of the best Fictional Novels on the Occult, Demonic Possession, and what is really going on behind the scenes in our World. This like the Hereditary of Ghost Stories. Everything in this Novel was so accurately portrayed that those in the know and who stand against the forces of Evil in this World will be happy that this story exists.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Tewley (_books_lover_surprise IG)

    Wow! What a fantastic read. There is no messing around here and we get straight into the action in the first chapter. It qas plenty scary and demonic and I enjoyed it very much! It was my first England book and I will definitely be on the hunt for more! Great read and well reccomended for the horror fanatic!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jan McCulloch

    Totally gripping Loved this book, especially as it is set near where I grew up and covers the 70s too.. When I was a teenager. The characters are fascinating, the story is frightening though somehow enchanting.. Thank you to Mark Tilbury for recommending this particular book and author 👌

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Baba Lenka Eva goes to Germany for the funeral of her great grandmother. She picks up a poppet and in that instant her life is changed for ever. Sarah England has written another cracker of a book. Baba Lenka is a page turner that keeps you gripped from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Nield

    So gripping!!! They say don't judge a book by its cover. Well, I did and I'm SO glad. A gripping read from the start and the fine details on the occult made it for me. This was also my first read of Sarah's work. Highly recommend for the creepy vibes and disturbing but intriguing encounters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    lina

    WOW All I can say is damn. Very dark a book not Gore but more on a satanic level. What goes into more depth on the human spirit with the intensity of insanity of human nature. About a cursed family the demons feed on our weaknesses. I do not give spoilers in books. But that opinion has to be your own. 5 demonic sorceress out of 5

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