Source: Review Copy
Publication: 19th February 2018 from Fledgling Press
Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think.
Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between – everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted.
One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly alone. Then Tom McAllister arrives – good-looking and fascinating, but dangerous. What he has to tell her could tear her whole world apart.
As Tom and Augusta become ever closer, they must face the question: is love enough to overcome the ghosts of the past?
In the end, Langlands House and its inhabitants hold more secrets than they did in the beginning…
It is an endless source of joy to me that book reviewing sends you curve balls you weren’t expecting, would not necessarily have chosen to receive and yet which delight and surprise you when they do arrive.
Ghost was like for me. I’d had a good few dark books and was looking for something out of the ordinary. This book is certainly that!
Rather beautifully written, it has a silvery gossamer web all of its own which wraps you up in the story, keeps you captive and then feeds you to the spider morsel by morsel.
In its way it is an enchanting story; young girl living in ancient crumbling house with aged grandmother. Home schooled, never been into the world, knows only what her grandmother has told her that it is too dangerous to go out into the world. There is a war on, the 2nd World War to be precise, and if she is not to be conscripted into a munitions factory, laying herself open to being killed by German bombs, she needs to stay hidden from the world.
Then one day fate intervenes and it is necessary for builders to visit the house to make repairs. Nothing is quite the same after that day when a fleeting and almost intangible contact is made so that when the young girl’s grandmother goes out and does not return, the young girl’s life will be turned upside down.
This is a book that hides its surprises until they become shocks. It relentlessly leads you up a garden path only to throw you into a briar patch. With a deliciously inventive plot and a chilling and really quite macabre denouement, this is a book that surprised, delighted and shocked in equal measure.
About Helen Grant
Helen Grant writes thrillers with a Gothic flavour and ghost stories. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won an ALA Alex Award in the US. Her other books include the exciting Forbidden Spaces trilogy.
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