A House of Ghosts by WC Ryan

Book Review

Book Description:

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 . . .

An unrelentingly gripping mystery packed with twists and turns, A House of Ghosts is the perfect chilling read this winter.

I loved the sound of this book and the cover looks amazing, so was excited to start reading. It got off to a good start. Lovely map inside and I liked the touch of the drawings at the beginning of each chapter. It was a Great setting. Reminded me more of the film Gosford Park than the novel And Then There Were None, especially the part when all the ‘servants’ arrive and are shown to their rooms. I did struggle at first with the introduction of characters. The novel refers to them very early on using both their first and surnames but not necessarily together which I found confusing when you are trying to place new characters.

I got very intrigued with the mention of secret missions, fortune telling mirrors, ghosts and aliases (though yet more names!) and continued reading. However it then started to not quiet live up to what I had hoped. It talked a lot about ghosts and yes they were there, Kate and The Count could see them but I didnt find them particularly spooky. The story of the gas masks seemed to go on for a very long time too, and I was hoping that it was maybe a bit of a red herring…..

Therefore when it came to the end I was hoping there would be a dramatic twist, but alas there wasn’t. I did like the story but felt that it could have been more spooky and had a few unseen twists and turns. Therefore I give it a 3 out of 5. But remember this is just my opinion. Give it a try, you may disagree.

Thank you to Netgalley, as I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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