Posts Tagged ‘Ghost’

Friends Like Us by Rob Shepherd

October 13, 2017 - 9:53 pm No Comments

Friends Like Us by Rob Shepherd
Published by Stanhope Books on 21st November 2015
130 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


When Ryan, Caitlin, Lucas, Kayla, Mia and Oliver, friends since childhood go on holiday in a secluded cottage, what they want is a relaxing break away, what they got was a night of terror.
From the start of the story, you sensed that Oliver was always on the edge of the group. Suffering from depression, you knew that something had happened in his life, but it was not until he spent time with Caitlin that he opens up and tells her about his past, it was after this that he wanted to start living.
When the group was looking for something to pass the time, I was expecting the complimentary Ouija board to make an appearance, so I was surprised when it was a book that caused the problems. When something went wrong with Oliver, you could feel the group’s anguish and whilst I did not agree with their decisions, you had the feeling that they had no choice. The group’s death scenes had a twist and were vivid, it was like watching the action through a camera lens.
This book had the feel of “I know what you do last summer” to it, but the action happened all in one night. Whilst this is a horror story, it is also a story about unrequited love and guilt. This is a quick read, with an emotional charged ending.

 

The Haunter of the Moor: An Irish Ghost Story by Jeffrey Kosh

June 19, 2017 - 9:14 pm No Comments

The Haunter of the Moor: An Irish Ghost Story by Jeffrey Kosh

Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 13th February 2016

212 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Patrick Conroy was studying to be a doctor, wanting to go back to his ancestral roots, he goes to university in Dublin. Like the majority of students; he partied hard with very little studying. As his finals got closer he began to panic so decided to find a remote village so he could concentrate on his studies. Settling up on Ballymore, Patrick stays at Talbot house a manor steeped in dark history.

Patrick as a medical student did not believe in the supernatural, and whilst he listened to Siobhan and Maggie, I think at the start he was humouring them. The deeper he investigated the mystery, the more confused he got, he did not know who to trust even though his heart wanted to believe Maggie. Always the true gent, there was a funny moment when he ran outside and forgot to put his trousers on, all because of the barking dogs.

Reading this book, you can tell that it is well researched, whether it is the flowing language or the Irish history and folklore. Written from Patrick’s POV, helps make this story more intense as you feel that you are observing Patrick doubt his own sanity. Patrick’s journal was used to help explain the supernatural element, given it the feel that he did not believe what he was writing and also showed how folklore is twisted to suit the teller. Just as I thought it was ending in on a cliff-hanger, in stepped Father Wales a very staunch catholic priest, reading Patrick’s story from the priest’s POV helped explain more of the folklore and just how much trouble Patrick was in.

A creepy story with a traditional gothic feel to it.

 

Aletheia by JS Breukelaar

March 24, 2017 - 5:33 pm No Comments

Aletheia by JS Breukelaar

Published by Crystal Lake publishing on 24th March 2017

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Thettie Harpur was going home, after 10 years away, wanting to make peace with her cousin Frankie. Going back to Little Ridge, brings back memories and even though the town has changed, people’s views of the Harpur clan hasn’t. Running the clan now was Doc Murphy, a man with a dangerous past who was not one to share his secrets. On arriving Thettie meets up with a local artist who is still haunted by the disappearance of his son and the death of his wife. His only friend is Vernon, a Gila Monster, a lizard rescued from a medical lab whose venom had amazing qualities. Can Thettie get to the mysterious Island and make peace with Frankie? and who is Bryce and why did she find out the Harpurs?

Throughout the book, you are introduced to a lot of characters, each having their individual story but each story interlinked. Whilst reading this book, I felt that Thettie although having all her family around her was a very lonely woman, moving back to Little Ridge brought back a lot of memories and she had a lot of guilt, she only showed her true self when she was with Lee. At the beginning of the book, I could not connect with Bryce and it was not until further into the story that I started to understand her purpose.  Lee and Thettie’s story was at times harrowing and I could not understand how Lee could suffer any more pain. I was intrigued with Aunt Sarey and wanted to know more about her and her strange dogs.

This is a very in-depth book and I found that it was a book that I had to take my time reading. It’s a story about love, betray and loss and is most definitely not your normal ghost story. The detailed writing especially the scenes on the lake added mystery to the book and you do wonder what it under the lake.  Whilst I do not judge a book by its cover, this is beautifully drawn and I feel that the cover captures Thettie sadness. A good story and a book that I will re-read as I am sure I will find something that I had missed.

 

Trying to Be so Quiet

July 22, 2016 - 1:02 am No Comments

Trying to be so Quiet by James Everington
Published by Boo Books on 12th July 2016s
52 pages

Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

 

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This story is about a man who has recently lost his wife Lizzie from Cancer, set over a couple of months after her death; it follows his life whilst he comes to terms with his loss.
This book is described as a ghost story, but the way the author has written this book, I think it is more than a ghost story. It is a story about bereavement and how the main character tries and gets on with his life. Whilst you are reading this book you really identify with the main character and you can feel his pain whilst he tries to just survive.

Throughout the house there are memories and he thinks that he is seeing Lizzie, is it a ghost or is it his grief playing tricks? Cracks appear in the house again; I felt that it was the cracks appearing in his life. I enjoyed how the author took him back to Oxford where he reminisced about where they met and were happier. This was the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Although this is a short story there was so much packed in to the story it made a quick read, and you will  be lost in the story. Whilst you are reading, this have some tissues nearby because you will shed a tear at the raw grief.

A must read, it was wonderful