Publisher: Quercus | Publication date: 24th October 2013 | Edition: Paperback
A slow and brooding mystery that builds to a satisfying conclusion.
This story mainly concentrates around Borley Rectory, once reputed to be the most haunted house in England, and combines certain facts with the author’s unique fictional additions. It’s told via the diary Sarah Grey (fictional), the assistant of Harry Price, a ghost hunter and genuine ‘real-life’ person in his field.
The book starts with the introduction of this diary and continually weaves its tale to complete a full circle. And just when you think it’s all wrapped up…the author extends the story that little bit more and leads it to quite the perfect conclusion. I won’t spoil it, just say that it was an unexpected and nice, neat ending. All loose ends get tied.
Don’t be fooled by thinking this is your usual summary of diary entries either, you know the sort where snippets of scaremongering and facts are rammed down your throat for effect. It’s told incredibly well, and it brews nicely (occasionally for a little too long in places), plus it was fairly creepy without being dramatically graphic.
To be honest this story doesn’t command your time, it deserves it. So be patient, don’t expect massive thrills and spills – it’s not that sort of book.
I really enjoyed it, so why only 4/5? Well, it could have been trimmed down, just a wee bit.
As that’s my one and only criticism, I would happily recommend it to anyone that’s interested in a traditional (but certainly not a cozy), haunted house mystery.
(My thanks to the publishers, Quercus, and the author, Neil Spring, for the signed copy I won in a Twitter competition.)
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