Book review: ghost by Helen Grant

Ghost by Helen Grant @helengrantsays @lovebooksgroup @fledglingpress #blogtour #GHOST

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Love Books Group blog tour for ghost today with a book review.

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The story: 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…

My review:

I’m a sucker for first person narrative house-of-secrets stories so this book had me at the opening pages. I love the description of the house and the intriguing Rapunzel-style situation of a girl growing up in a closed world, believing it’s wartime and she must hide for her own safety.

The story’s told in two viewpoints – Ghost’s and Tom’s as they try and solve the mystery of why Ghost was brought up by her grandmother and what happened to her parents.

I love the way this is written – it’s strong, powerful and evocative. I also liked the fact there were so few characters as this means there is time to really get under their skin and I think it’s the characterisation that kept me turning the pages late into the night.

The plot’s quite simple – I expected the story to end in one of two ways and it ended in one of these but not without some surprises.

I haven’t read any of this author’s books before but The Vanishing of Katharina Linden sounds right up my street so I’m adding that to my reading list right now!

My rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book’s published by Fledgling Press and is available in kindle and paperback.

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About the author

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.
Helen’s latest novel Ghost (Fledgling Press 2018) is set in Perthshire, where she has lived since 2011. When she is not writing, Helen loves to research the lost country houses of Scotland and to visit the sites where possible. Her experiences of exploring these fascinating places inspired her to write Ghost.

Check out the other stops on the blog tour to find out what others are saying about this book:

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