Release date - 4th October 2018
Book length - 432 pages
Publisher - Zaffre
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I want to thank Clare from Zaffre Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 . . .
Before I jump into my thoughts on the plot and characters of this book, it would be a crime to not mention the stunning cover of A HOUSE OF GHOSTS by W.C. Ryan. The beautiful gold detail and hypnotic illustrations really suck you into this story before you even read the first word, and it looks fabulous sitting on the shelf when you have finished this engrossing tale. Now for the story itself.
As WWI rages on, a select group of people is invited to the solitary island of Blackwater in the hopes of contacting their loved ones who have been lost on the battlefield. But all is not as it seems as it soon emerges that lies, deception, and subterfuge are the order of the day, and the ghosts that haunt Blackwater Abbey have their own grievances to air which may lead to murder ...
With the perfect setting, characters that are unique and compelling, and a plot that is superb in its originality, A HOUSE OF GHOSTS by W.C. Ryan is a story to be savoured at every moment. Kate and Donovan fast became my favourite characters and as I became embroiled in the haunting drama of it all, I couldn't put this book down - sleep is overrated anyway, right?!! The horror of the war is felt throughout even though we never leave the comfortable and privileged environs of the abbey which shows the effortless talent of W.C. Ryan's prose. Like a gothic version of Cluedo, I found myself working alongside the characters trying to piece the mystery together to uncover the villains and I loved the supernatural element which really added to the tension and atmosphere of the book.
A HOUSE OF GHOSTS by W.C. Ryan is a gripping and enthralling story that would translate perfectly onto our screens, and it is definitely on my list for best books this year. Quite simply, it is a book that should not be missed!!
W. C. Ryan is a pseudonym for William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA Historical Dagger and the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and have been translated into over a dozen languages. William is married and lives in west London.
For more information:
Website - www.william-ryan.com
Twitter - twitter.com/WilliamRyan_
Facebook - www.facebook.com/WilliamRyanAuthor/
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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