Oct 2, 2014

The Ghost House by Helen Phifer

There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force.
When she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more.
What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town?
Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim – but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.

Shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award 2014

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 Annie Graham needs some time to recover and when her brother leaves the country he offers her to stay in his house to look after his dog and his property. Her brother's farmhouse is close to a dilapidated mansion. When Annie enters it to do some exploring she experiences something strange. Then she finds an old diary and takes it home with her. The diary tells the story of a servant who used to live in the large house. Annie is looking for some peace and quiet, but instead trouble finds her again. What is the connection between the house, its former inhabitants and several present day murders? Annie has finally found some happiness again and she has to fight hard not to lose it all before she has the chance to actually enjoy it.
The Ghost House is spooky. Annie is a cop and even though she isn't able to work for a while, there is something only she can solve. I could picture the creepy house and its former inhabitants very well, because Helen Phifer's writing is so vivid. Annie is damaged, but she's tough and resilient. She wants to find a rational explanation for what's happening to her, but when she finds out what she's seeing and feeling is real she doesn't shut her eyes. Instead she starts doing her research. Her strong will and character make her such a great heroine. What happens and happened in and around the house is spine-chilling. The story constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. The Ghost House is a magnificent read and it's perfect for those who have a strong stomach and nerves of steel!

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