Back of the book :
Some houses are never at peace.
Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.
Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.
Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…
What I think :
The year is 1917.
Stella has just lost her fiance Gerald to the war. She is devastated.
Unable to settle, (due to her grief) with her parents at Haverton hall, she feels at odds with everything. So when her brother-in-law Hector asks her to go and stay with her sister, Madeleine, who is pregnant, at his mothers home ‘Greyswick’ she reluctantly agrees, taking with her, her rather strange maid, Annie.
When Stella gets to Greyswick, she finds her sister looking very pale and jumpy with no real explanation why. Stella has only been there for one night when strange things start to happen. Someone leaves a toy soldier in her bed on her pillow. Her bedroom door is suddenly wide open when she wakes from a nap, when she knows she locked it before she went to sleep. Then she hears a child crying in the night, there are no children at Greyswick.
When Stella tells her sister about these odd things happening, her sister tells her that she has had the same things happen to her. Madeleine goes on to say that she thinks the house is haunted by the child that once died there, Hector’s half brother, Lucien. Obliviously everybody thinks that the sisters are just making up ghost stories and don’t believe a word they say, especially Lady Brightwell, Hector’s mother, who is a ‘no nonsense’ type of woman.
Hector is worried about his wife so he decides to bring in a supernatural expert, a Mr Tristan Sheers who is just back from the war after being injured, to see, if like the sisters say, there is a ghost at Greyswick. Mr Sheers does an exorcism, and lets just say things don’t go to plan, it ends up with the local vicar getting injured.
Could it be true ?
Is ‘Greyswick’ haunted ?
I enjoyed this book immensely. I really love creepy ghost stories and this debut book is just that ! I love to read in the dark in bed and this book had me peering over the top of my book just to check that I was actually still on my own !!
I thought the characters of Stella and Madeleine were really well formed, they really seemed to love each other as sisters and wanted to lookout for each other. I also liked Madeleine’s Mother-in-law Lady Brightwell with her ‘no nonsense’ way of looking at the world, although I do think she was like that because of the way that her husband Sir Brightwell treated her.
All in all I thought that this is an brilliantly atmospheric, creepy ghost story thats just in time for Halloween.
This is a absolutely gorgeous book and I wish Anita the best of luck with it 🙂
I give this book my highest award of 10/10 ( 5 Stars )
Published by HQ Stories (Harper Collins) on 31/10/19
The biggest thank you to Joe Thomas at HQ Stories (Harper Collins) for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.