A gripping mystery with a classic feel: And Then There Were None meets The Silent Companions.
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.
At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.
For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . .
An unrelentingly gripping mystery packed with twists and turns, A House of Ghosts is the perfect chilling read this winter.
No way could I start off my review with anything other than the cover. It is simply stunning. It’s one that if you read on the kindle, you will without a doubt buy a physical copy just to show it off on your book shelf. It really is that eye catching.
The blurb was also something that attracted me to this book. It just sounded so wonderfully dark and steeped in mystery. I couldn’t wait to start turning those pages to see if what was inside was every bit as good as the look and sound of the book.
The story is broken up into chapters alternating between certain characters. Mainly Kate and Donovan who just happened to be my favourite characters through out the book. Donovan has an air of mystery around him whilst Kate held a certain appeal for me, especially for the era she lives in where women are definitely classed as the weaker sex. She is no damsel in distress though and is more than capable of looking after herself.
An abbey set on a secluded island is always going to be a great setting for this sort of genre. It adds to the whole mystery of the story. Throw in a spiritualist and you know you are onto a winner. It certainly had me intrigued as to what direction the author was going to take me.
A House Of Ghosts is a deliciously dark and captivating read. It does have a slight feel of an Agatha Christie novel, mainly the secluded house and the time setting but that’s where it ends as the author certainly makes his own mark and stands out in their own right. It will keep you guessing and as usual, could never have foreseen the outcome. Definitely one to go on your must read pile.
My thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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