Posts Tagged ‘Ghosts’

Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos

February 25, 2017 - 8:00 pm No Comments

Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 12th November 2014

396 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

In honour of Women in Horror month this book was top of my list to read.

Freya has inherited Angel Manor from her “nutty” aunt, ignoring her mom’s wishes to sell it, she decides with her friends to turn it into a hotel. Strange things start as soon as they arrive, but with the nuns still haunting the building can they survive.

Freya was quite a weak needy character. Throughout this story, she never once stood on her own two feet. Whether at the start where she had Oliver and Bam to lean on, or further on with Logan or Marie-Claire, she always had someone there to watch her back. Although rather tiresome, it wasn’t a bad thing as it helped develop the other characters.  One of favourites was Terrance, a minor character but a bad lad trying to go good.

From the prologue to the final page there is enough gruesome action to keep the majority of horror fans happy whilst keeping with the traditional horror theme of the haunted house and the monster in the basement. Having evil nuns was a good idea as I always sense an air of sinisterism with them and feel that they have something to hide.

The suspense and terror builds up as the story progresses and just when you think the story has finished with the ending you expect; the author has one last surprise and another secret is revealed.

A fast-paced action filled book and another author I will follow


Searching for Sullivan by Carissa Ann Lynch

January 17, 2017 - 6:18 pm No Comments

Searching for Sullivan by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Limitless Publishing on 17th January 2017

215 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Veronica Von Derbach is a single mom to Sully.  After a disastrous boat ride, Sully goes missing, presumed dead. Veronica having to carry on living her life becomes a parapsychologist, a ghost hunter. The majority of her cases she has disproven the present of a ghost, but when a grainy photo of a ghost at Lake Merlott arrives across her desk, she knows she has to investigate.

Veronica is a very brave woman, after everything she went through, she still got her degree and was renowned in her field. In all her cases, she showed compassion to the clients. When she began investigating at Lake Merlott, she was still professional even though she was scared to find out the truth.

This book was full of suspense and kept my interest from the start. The twists in the book kept me guessing throughout, and I was really surprised with the final twist, it was definitely what I did not expect. It was written with such feeling, you could really feel Veronica’s pain.

As usual Carissa knows how to tell a haunting story and is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. If you want a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then buy this book. 1st class

The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski

December 19, 2016 - 8:31 pm No Comments

The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski

Published by Dodo Ink on 25th October 2016

225 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

51nuznofa1lWhen Chris Katiwa began packing to move to a new premise, he didn’t think that finding some old tapes would stir up a load of memories. The tapes played the interviews between him an eager psychotherapist and Louise a young woman involved in a missing persons/murder case in Italy. Added to this is a mysterious woman who is rescued by Chris when she is outside his office in the heavy snow storm.

The author had a way of telling story, they kept me hooked from the beginning. The idea of the interview tapes was a good way to tell Louise’s story and you could just imagine listening to her voice whilst wondering if she was responsible for her friend’s demise.  Jumping to the time of the interviews we then follow Chris in his quest to get to the bottom of the mystery and to prove Louise’s innocence. Whilst reading I was on the edge of my seat as I was expecting something to happen. The introduction of Asha and Josephine was unexpected and I was surprised of their true identity. The way the story was laid out helped develop the main character as the young Chris in Italy was very unsure of his skill and lent a lot on his mentor, whilst when he got older and was working in Harley Street, he was confident in his abilities

With the story line incorporating London, Italy and the interview with Louise, you would expect this to be a confusing read, but it wasn’t, each chapter told you exactly when and where it was set.

It is hard to pigeon hole this book into one particular genre, but I would say that this is a Suspense Ghost story, that will keep you gripped.  I will definitely look out for more from this author

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

October 26, 2016 - 12:33 am No Comments

Thin Air

Michelle Paver
Publisher: Orion
Page Count: 240
Release date: 2016
Reviewed by Chris Amies

“Thin Air” tells the story of an expedition to climb Mount Kangchenjunga, the ‘Five Treasures of the Snows’, the most remote and inaccessible of the great Himalayan peaks. Stephen Pearce, medical officer on a British expedition up the mountain in 1935, finds himself at odds with his fellow climbers from the start, not least with his would-be heroic brother Kits, who drafted him in at the last moment as a replacement for an injured man. They are following the route of the Lyell expedition of 1907, and Pearce, reasonably in his opinion, goes to see a survivor of that climb, Charles Tennant. Their meeting does not go well and Pearce leaves with the sense that there is something deeply wrong with the expedition, and with the official story of what happened in 1907. Tennant’s diary notes that while five men died on Kangchenjunga, they only buried four. The Lyell expedition is fictional, but it is has similarities with the 1905 climb which is mentioned on several occasions (“The expedition led by that scoundrel [Aleister] Crowley in ’05”).

“Thin Air” is a novel in the style of the classic pre-war mountain adventure story, a genre soundly and brilliantly parodied in Bowman’s “The Ascent of Rum Doodle” (a reference to ‘glacier lassitude’ took me back to ‘Rum Doodle’ and its various forms of ‘lassitude’). “Thin Air” is also a ghost story with a slowly building unease and horror. Pearce has a growing sense that what Lyell wrote in his memoir “Bloody but Unbowed” (a quote from WE Henley there, possibly because Lyell, like Henley, lost a leg) is far from the whole truth. This unease, and Stephen’s growing feeling that he can no longer trust his own perceptions, meshes with the general hardship and slog of the climb, the ice, the freezing wind, avalanches, frost-nip and snow-blindness. This is a small expedition by the standards of the day and even they are accompanied by sixty porters or as they call them, coolies. The casual racism of the era is something that Pearce notes but his fellow climbers don’t see. The older brother is the old school gung-ho expedition leader who wants to ‘conquer’ the mountain – not a phrase in favour these days, because the mountain is always better than you, with inevitable results. Even now, one in five climbers who set out to summit Kangchenjunga die in the attempt.

“Thin Air” is a very effective ghost story. The feeling of cold and dread and nightmare stayed with me long afterwards.

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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


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