The House On Cold Hill By Peter James


Book Description:

Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their twelve-year-old daughter Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House – a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion – Ollie is filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, he has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and he sees Cold Hill House, with its acres of land, as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being separated from her friends.

Within days of moving in, it becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren’t the only residents of the house. A friend of Jade’s is the first to see the spectral woman, standing behind her as the girls talk on FaceTime. Then there are more sightings, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. As the haunting becomes more malevolent and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the terrified family discover Cold Hill House’s dark history, and the horrible truth of what it could mean for them . . .

My Thoughts:

Even though I have some of the authors books already on my kindle I haven’t actually got round to reading them yet but after reading The House On Cold Hill I will certainly be bumping them up my list.

Probably one of the best horror books of 2015 I can honestly say I loved this book. With jaw dropping moments and a story that sent chills up and down my spine, this is an absolute must read for horror fans.

The location of where Cold Hill house is situated sounds very idyllic and even though the house is extremely run down, like the Harcourt family, the reader can visualise what a spectacular family home this house will make once renovated.

Not only does the family have to cope with living in a building site that constantly seems to have more things going wrong with it they seem to be sharing it with a ghost.

As Ollie tries to do some background research into the house and its previous owners, he, as well as the reader are in for some shocking discoveries.

The House On Cold Hill is just an absolutely brilliant horror novel. I was totally gripped throughout and had to keep remembering to close my mouth after reading so many jaw dropping parts. Through the writing I could feel the fear and horror that the family must have been feeling. I have to admit I would have run for the hills from the very first incident but then that would not make for a very good story but so many times I wanted to shout at my kindle telling the family to get the hell out of the house as fast as they could. It really did make for a tense but fast paced read as I was unable to put it down.

Can not recommend this book highly enough, definitely my favourite horror book of the year so far.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.


The House On Cold Hill is due to be published on the 8th of October, you can pre order a copy on Amazon

4 thoughts on “The House On Cold Hill By Peter James”

    1. aww no, even though having bought a couple of his books i still hadnt read anything by him but everyone was raving about him when this one came up on netgalley so thought i would request it and have to admit that i am so glad i did. This book is everything that i would love in a horror/ghost film so loved to come across it all in abook as well x


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