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Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

A Psychic Surveys Prequel
Narrated by: Heather Tracy
Series: Psychic Surveys, Book 3.5
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Summary

What do you do when a whole town is haunted? 

In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, 'haunting' the community, refusing to let them forget. 

In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there's no safe haven. The past taints everything. 

Hurtling towards the anniversary as well as a new millennium, their aim is to move the spirits on, to cleanse the atmosphere so everyone - the living and the dead - can start again. But the spirits prove resistant and soon Theo and Ness are caught up in battle, fighting against something that knows their deepest fears and can twist them in the most dangerous of ways. 

They'll need all their courage to succeed and the help of a little girl too - a spirit who didn't die at the hall, who shouldn't even be there....

©2015 Shani Struthers (P)2017 Shani Struthers

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Supernatural tale, superbly narrated

This was an unexpected treat! This story kept me hooked, so that I was done in three days. I found the characters eminently believable, their normalcy a great foil for the ghostly events. The narration, in particular, was wonderful. Every character has a separate voice - so much so that it's almost hard to believe it's just one person! - and the various accents are beautifully and subtly played.

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Gripping story, listened to it in one sitting.

Didn't want to put it on pause. Great listen, well narrated too. Would recommend it.

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A Christmas Horror with a Heart

I've read three of the Psychic Surveys series from Shani Struthers already, so I was thrilled when I won an audiobook of Eve: A Christmas Ghost. This is a prequel to the series, told from side character Theo’s point of view. I love Ruby, the main character in the the Psychic Surveys series, but fierce Theo is my favourite. I loved getting more of an insight into her story and that of fellow psychic Ness.

The tale begins in mid-December in a town devoid of any Christmas spirit. Thorpe Morton is a place where everyone is haunted by ghosts and the town’s tragic past.

Theo and Ness soon find that they are dealing with more than a simple haunting, resulting in some terrifying scenes.

I loved the growing relationship between Theo and Ness. The contrast between Theo’s strong personality and Ness’ quiet reserved nature worked brilliantly.

This is not only a ghost story, but also a mystery. The ending was sad, but also heartwarming. Like the other Psychic Survey books, this is about friendship and trust overcoming darkness.

The narrator’s accent added to the essence of this book. Her rich, warm accent suited the tale perfectly.

If you're looking for a heartwarming Christmas horror, give this a go. And yes, I'm a bit odd :)

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Breathtaking

another fantastic book kept me wanting to continue listening had to stop for everyday life tasks, once I had time again I eagerly sat in my chair relaxed and absorber every word loved every moment even shed some tears. The narrator captured the story and characters putting the cherry on top of the cake as we say in Yorkshire, thankyou once again to the author keep these books coming Shani struthers. x

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Very glad that this one has a different narrator

I enjoyed listening to this far more than the others in the psychic survey series. Previously I’d enjoyed the stories but the narrator was awful. They seem to have decided that using an actor is a good idea at last. That said they’ve used Sheila Dearden again (who is appalling and has absolutely no appropriate skills to be narrating anything) for the latest psychic surveys book, which I’ll avoid listening to for that reason alone. The writing is still a bit twee for me, but the stories are easy and warm and nice to listen to, which is what I was looking for. It was a nice listen. Thankfully the narration is far far better in this audio book.

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Irritating!

Too many ghost story cliches combined with a narrator’s Wallace and Gromit type Yorkshire accent made this story irritating instead of something to be enjoyed.
If it’s a well written ghost story you’re looking for, then there are far better books out there for you to read!

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great book really enjoyed it will read more from

Really loved this book and the narrator was fantastic her northern accent was spot on

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-07-20

Loved the Plot - Loved the Characters!

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing, storyline plot, characters and especially the narration. I could picture the scene and got so caught up in the various voices that I had to remember that it was one narrator doing them all. I hope the rest of the series proves as fun!

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  • Gorp
  • 02-05-20

Titles are difficult.

The story was pretty good, I just couldn't get into it, the narrator was good.

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  • Krista Gimeno
  • 05-03-20

Communion with spirits and a little ghostbusting

This story introduces two women who are mediums (they call themselves psychics) but who end up doing a little ghostbusting against a dark malicious force that has been haunting an entire town for decades. They come from almost entirely opposite backgrounds, in terms of the nurture of their gifts, and they learn more about themselves by learning about each other. The narration is excellent and carries a lot of the suspense of the story. Very nice introduction to a series.

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  • George Ellington
  • 28-01-20

A very ghostly town

It is 1999, and psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson have been brought in to examine psychic phenomena in an old mining town in north Yorkshire. Exactly a century before, 59 people died at the market hall during what should have been a lovely Christmas Eve celebration. The tragedy of the deaths of these men, women, and children from the working community of the town should be enough to create sympathy and misgivings, but the circumstances of the deaths also seem to have fueled an enduring supernatural anger and perhaps lust for revenge. But the psychic investigators must somehow uncover the nature of this other worldly loathing. This is quite an engaging story, one to be honest I wasn't sure I would quite get into. But the story is fine, and the quality of the narration alone would have been enough, I think, to keep me listening. Heather Tracy does a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life (or afterlife, as it were), and I found myself listening on, eager to hear and learn more of this haunting tale.

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  • Teresa Noel
  • 27-12-19

sad but good story

Hoping for a book 2 soon. I really enjoyed this story.

100 years ago during a town Christmas Party someonevyrlled fire ensuing panic. several people were killed but never left. Theo and Ness have been called in to cross over the spirits from that night.

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  • T. Arcangel
  • 20-12-19

Didn't Like the Protagonists

I liked, but didn't love, this book. The ghosts and their story kept me interested, but I didn't like the protagonists much. I like gothic ghost stories so I might be willing to try another book by Shani Struthers. The next books in the series have different lead characters it seems.

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  • Deedra
  • 05-12-19

Eve

I really enjoyed this book.The characters were very interesting.Two psychics are hired to 'move ghost on' from a site where many were killed in a tragic accident many years ago.It is not as easy as it sounds. Heather Tracy was a very good narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Blackeagle
  • 10-10-19

Amazing story

I found this story to be creative and entertaining. The book is well written and narrated. The story flows at a good pace. I loved the storyline it kept me intrigued and fascinated. I received this review copy at my request and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Lois
  • 21-11-18

A ghostly holiday tale

Finding a holiday ghost story other than a “Christmas Carol” can be difficult This is an interesting easy listen.

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  • Sherrie I. LaForce
  • 14-08-18

really enjoyed this book

the performance and the story of this book was very well done and I enjoyed it a lot and will probably read it again