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A House of Ghosts

Narrated by: Jot Davies
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

A gripping mystery with a classic feel: And Then There Were None meets The Silent Companions.

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 listen this winter.
 

©2018 W. C. Ryan (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

Critic reviews

"Almost unbearably creepy and beautifully written." (Liz Nugent, best-selling author of Lying in Wait)

"A splendid tale of wartime skullduggery, featuring both kinds of spooks - perfect fireside reading." (Mick Herron, CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning author of Dead Lions

"Hugely enjoyable, A House of Ghosts has the bones of a taut thriller wrapped up in the gorgeous romance of its ghostly island setting." (Jane Casey)

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A Winter Cracker

A great book and listen. I don't usually enjoy books with war as a subject matter but this was so much more and I'm glad I gave it a go. There's wonderful characters, intrigue, suspense, mystery, romance and a bit of supernatural. All this plus it takes place in a house with secret passages that's been cut off from the world by storms, what's not to love. Very atmospheric, well written and narrated. I'm hoping for a second book with Kate and Donovan but it will be tough to follow up this one.

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I want more

Fantastic story. I did find the narrators voices for the different characters a little grating at time but it didn’t distract me too much from the mystery of the spirit laden island.
I want more of Kate and Donovan, so I hope William Ryan is currently penning the sequel.

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Agatha Christy-esq murder mystery

Absolutely loved this story.
It’s part ghost story,part murder mystery,part World War One thriller.
The two main characters are quite endearing as are the rest of the characters, a wicked old German woman, some soldiers and some officers, some frivolity and some ptsd all in the best possible British humour and guns ho spirit. I wanted it to go on forever.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys WW1 history, spy novels, Agatha Christy fans or anyone who has never read a spy novel or a murder mystery or a good old ghost story but wants to try them out.
I really enjoyed both listening to this and reading it. I like the narrator doing all the different voices. Some of which made me giggle!

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Fantastic story

I loved this story, it kept me guessing and the touch of romance was subtley done. The narrator was excellent and listened to this in a couple of days.

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Slow start but give this a chance

I enjoy period setting ghost mysteries and this ticks all the boxes. It balances cliché and new ideas well. Isolated island in a storm and cast of secretive characters but also an interesting ghost lore and unexpected interactions with them. I get pulled in everytime I listen. This is one of the stories I judge other stories of the same genre by. It is a slow start but as soon as the séances start it rolls along at a perfect pace. I hope this is the start of a series with Kate and Donovan.

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Who dunnit?

I liked this book more than I expected and picked it because of peoples reviews rather than the synopsis, so thanks fellow reviewers!
The story was great and a real “page turner” and keeps a good pace, it wasn’t too silly with the supernatural element which i liked. The range of voices left you in no doubt who was speaking, although I found it kept going quiet then loud? Not sure if was the narrator speaking quieter or the production? Still didn’t spoil it too much!

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Great listen

The narrator did a great job conveying nuances of the story and making characters come to life. Interesting story and some tense moments.

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Enjoyable tale

Good narrator, and reasonable story. Not super exciting but a good enough tale which has just enough suspense to keep one listening till the end.

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  • 14-06-19

Better than I thought

I chose this book in a 2 for 1 sale and wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it .The story was pretty good it certainly held my attention I didn’t even mind the “ghostly”side of the narrative. The narrator was excellent which always helps. It was a bit of a romp really a bit Agatha Christie and a bit spy thriller with some ghosts thrown in. I will probably try the next one in the series if there is one .

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Brilliant

Not a standard horror story more of a James Bond/golden age mystery with a supernatural twist. I loved it. Can’t wait for the follow up.

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  • 30-05-19

Wonderful story, great narration.

As wonderful spoken as it was to read. Hearing the accents really added to the story.