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Title : Triad: A Novel of the Supernatural
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ISBN : 9780698104969
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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Triad: A Novel of the Supernatural Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-02-07 17:35

    Triad by Mary Leader is a Hodder & Stoughton Ltd publication. I’m going to give a very brief review for this book since it is a rare novel and very hard to find, and if you do find a copy online, it’s going to cost you. As many of you know, I collect vintage paperbacks and the 'Gothic Horror' novels of 1960's and 70's are of keen interest to me. I love those covers with the girl running away from the house/castle. This novel did not have that type of cover, but it was grouped in with a bulk buy on Ebay many years ago, and got shoved up on a top shelf, buried behind a couple of other layers of books.I had forgotten all about it, but after reading the recent autobiography of Stevie Nicks, my interest was renewed, because this book was an inspiration for the mega-popular hit ‘Rhiannon'. I had never read the book, so I was very curious to see how it became an inspiration for the song Stevie wrote. The novel is very typical of its era, but is also ahead of its time, in some ways, even setting the stage for certain trends that would emerge into mainstream consciousness a few years later. Branwen moves with her husband to an old mansion after the death of their first child. But once they are settled in, Branwen begins to experience blackout periods, where she can’t account for her time or what she did during these blank episodes. Objects have been moved around, and her husband relates conversations and activities they shared, but she has no memory of. But, she is really shaken up when her husband refers to her as ‘Rhiannon’, the name of her long dead cousin. Already feeling bruised by her loss, the overwhelming job of refurbishing the house, and her desire to have another baby, Branwen’s guilt over Rhiannon’s death, surges as she becomes convinced Rhiannon’s spirit is inhabiting her body, trying to take control, and is seeking retribution. Of course, it is impossible not to seek out correlations between this book and the famous song that was partially derived from it. I think Stevie did an amazing job with the song and even after all these years, it brings the song and its meanings into sharper focus. But, this is a review of the book- not the song. Even if it hadn’t experienced a kind of cult status, this story really is a rare gem. It’s not a very long book, but it’s filled with vivid imageries and is very well versed in Welch mythologies. It is a very effective story, even for a jaded reader like me. I can imagine the impact it would have on readers in 1973.Once I started reading it, I found myself hypnotized by it. This is a moody, dark, atmospheric supernatural tale, that certainly stands the test of time. I would love to find a way to petition the publisher to release this one in digital format, so everyone could read it. If you stumble across this book in a used bookstore or garage sale, snap it up. It’s a really good Gothic horror novel, but it’s also rare, so it could be worth something if it is in decent condition. 4 stars

  • Summer
    2019-02-07 15:41

    I really enjoyed this book - it hooked me, and I finished it in a day once I got started. I read it because of its history as the inspiration behind Stevie Nicks writing "Rhiannon" and I could totally make out parts of the song in the book. There's a line where Branwen (the protagonist) says, "I will win," and I instantly thought of the, "Will you ever win?" line of the song, and another where someone says, "Is it always the same?" and I thought of the live version of the song where Stevie intensely sings, "All the same, all the same." And the way "Rhiannon" is practically sung at times throughout the book. Awesome. But Fleetwood Mac connection aside, it is a good book on its own and kept me intrigued. It's very well written and I've been thinking about it since reading it - it kind of grabs you. I really recommend it.

  • Kristal
    2019-02-03 17:34

    Branwen Ericsson and her husband Alan have purchased a deteriorating old mansion on the outskirts of a small town after they lost their infant son to sudden crib death. Branwen is a free-lance writer and her husband is a civil engineer and spends a lot of his time traveling, leaving Branwen to spends days on end absorbed in either her own writing or reading books for personal pleasure. When she needs to do some research, she drives into the local small town and visits the local library. She is bewildered when she receives a late notice on a book that she is sure she would never have checked out. Her first inclination is that her husband is trying to play a cruel joke on her. But as the lonely days pass in the old mansion, Branwen starts to discover other odd events and missing pieces of time. When Alan returns home from a business trip, Branwen discovers that next morning that she had played a role-changing game with him in the bedroom the night before, having him call her by the name of a long-dead cousin Rhiannon. Branwen is horrified to hear this news and it sends her into a tail-spin of horrible events and eventually to seeing a psychiatrist to try and decide if she is truly going crazy or if the unimaginable has happened - her spiteful cousin has come back from the dead to posses her body. Although this book was written in 1973 and some of the items were dated, the writing was still full of imagery and the creepiness was classic. A bit of trivia - this was the novel that Stevie Nicks read that gave her the inspiration to write the song 'Rhiannon'.

  • General H. Sassafras
    2019-01-24 13:38

    This was probably the best book I read all summer. I loved the spooky feel to this well-woven story! It had a lot of amazing imagery that used some more difficult vocabulary words. As I read this, I felt truly involved in the book and could not put it down, even to watch Star Trek.

  • Sillydreamer
    2019-02-21 18:17

    If you love Stevie Nicks this is a must read. She read this book and the name Rhiannon in the book inspired her song of the now famous Welsh Witch.

  • Dominique
    2019-02-11 11:19

    Great book if you like eerie supernatural stories! Couldn't put it down I'm just sad it's over

  • Barbara Justiniano
    2019-02-09 19:45

    I read this book on a recommendation from a friend and enjoyed it more than I thought I would to be honest. This is a story about guilt and how heavily it can impact a life. A good read.

  • Tamarin
    2019-01-26 16:42

    When I found this book online I couldn't resist buying it. I'd been searching independent and second-hand bookstores for ages, and even suggesting that the library look into finding a copy. As a big Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks fan, of course I wanted to read the book that inspired Rhiannon. It was a bit different to what I was expecting, but definitely enjoyable.

  • Linda De
    2019-02-14 14:41

    Really a 3.75 Very '70s Sybil/Exorcist and Welsh folklore mash-up. Strange, but it did hold me. I just upped rating to 3.75...this book was imaginative.

  • R.L. Martinez
    2019-02-21 14:26

    It always makes me sad to see a book has gone out of print. But, there really are books that deserve to be lost among the used bookstores of the worlds. In fact, there are books that really never should have seen print. Triad by Mary Leader is one of the latter. Now, Ms. Leader was not without talent. She had some interesting ideas and can produce a lovely turn of phrase every once in awhile. But Triad was all over the place as a novel. It seems to me Ms. Leader wanted to hit all the hot-button topics of the 70s (possession/exorcism; multiple personalities; folklore/mythology etc.) so she stuffed them all into this little book and slapped together some wooden, annoying characters then put the word supernatural in the tagline. Bottom line: not scary, not thrilling, not enlightening, not even a good character study of an insane person. Pass on this. I should have. Would have saved me $28 buying a rare/hard to find book that should stay rare and hard to find.

  • Tiffaney
    2019-02-12 16:31

    This is the book Stevie Nicks got the name "Rhiannon" from, even though at the time she had no idea who Rhiannon really was. From this book I learned that John doesnt know how to return books...

  • J. Stone
    2019-02-07 11:18

    Gorgeous, gorgeous book! Of course I found this through "Rhiannon" and Stevie Nicks' love for that name. I tell you, most of the time recommendations like that just fall flat for me. I hate recommendations. I don't like being told what's "good" and what's not. So I found the book and reluctantly let it sit in my TBR pile until one day I found time for it and man, was I so glad I savored the moment! At the heart this book is about psychological issues, maybe split-personality. It really was gorgeously written. I don't know if Mary Lieder has written any other books but I sure would like to get my hands on them.

  • Astraea
    2019-01-24 14:20

    This book received a great deal of publicity among fans of singer Stevie Nicks when she revealed that it was her source for the name "Rhiannon". Nicks simply used the name, leaving the book behind, and it's well that she did so. Triad was an apparent attempt to cash in on the Exorcist fad and includes all The Usual -- an ordinary housewife whose life starts going to pieces, missing time, losing things, stuff moving around, and all the boring rest of it, soon after losing her child to crib death and subsequently moving to a mysterious old house. (If that sounds like the beginning of Lawrence Block's terrific 1981 Ariel, it's probably because it is. The elements are virtually the same -- it's what Block decided to do with them that makes his book a classic.) Believing she is possessed by the spirit of her long-dead cousin Rhiannon, whose spun-sugar exterior had masked a sociopathic evil, she turns for help not to the church but to a doctor. Sure enough she has "another personality", but then there's a surprise twist, of course. And on, and on, and on. And the horror never ends. Sigh.

  • Adam
    2019-02-06 17:45

    She rules her life like a fine skylark...She certainly does. This book, I mostly read as a fan of Fleetwood Mac. (I actually bought it second hand, whoever owned it before me used one of their concert stubs as a book mark.). The Rhiannon in this book is truly terrifying, and it certainly is well crafted and compelling, though at times, the narrative voice loses its personality and it is sometimes hard to follow. It's a lot like The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and Primal Fear rolled into one. And definitely worth a read.

  • Corinne
    2019-02-15 11:16

    This book was referenced in the current biography of Stevie Nicks, (Crystal Dreams and Visions) as her inspiration of Rhiannon. This is a 1973 novel with the familiar storyline formula that one would expect. With that said, it was an interesting and quick read with the usual twists and turns, with Celtic lore, which added interest. Triad was a good story and at times you could see plainly where Stevie's lyrics and ideas came from. Enjoyable,if predictable.

  • Daniel
    2019-02-11 12:23

    I had been meaning to read this book for decades to understand the reference to "Rhiannon," the name that singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks used as inspiration for Fleetwood Mac's iconic hit of the same title. Not much of a fan of the supernatural/science fiction genre, but this was a pretty straightforward, occasionally entertaining read.

  • Hannah Kammerich
    2019-02-11 17:27

    I read this because this is the book that inspired Stevie Nicks to write "Rhiannon". I definitely could make out parts of the song in the book (will you ever win?). I really enjoyed this book and it is among my favorites.

  • Chambodia
    2019-02-16 14:20

    Supernatural thriller that has a few ties to Celtic mythology. The story itself was fine, but it is a bit dated. Parts of it reminded me of the movie Dark Water.

  • Pippa
    2019-02-17 13:46

    I thought the writer totally under-estimated the reader. :(

  • John
    2019-02-10 13:31

    This is the book Stevie Nicks got the name Rhiannon from, and that's the only thing going for it.

  • Jeanne
    2019-01-21 18:33

    one of my favorite books. i've re-read this book a lot

  • Trees McGavock
    2019-02-14 13:22

    I would like to get a first edition of this novel..