Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing Ghost by Helen Grant as part of a blog tour organised by Love Books Group.
Date Published: 19th February 2018 (Fledgling Press)
Book Length: 416 pages
Available Formats: Kindle and Paperback
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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…
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.
My first thoughts when coming across this novel was that while it sounded interesting, I wasn’t really one for ghost stories. I admit I am a bit of a coward when it comes to being scared! But while this novel is classed as a horror/ghost story it doesn’t make you jumpy at all. In fact I thought it more of a mystery novel, as you read on to find out what has really been happening behind the scenes of Augusta’s life.
Set primarily outside of a small Scottish town Augusta, affectionately known as Ghost, has been brought up believing in a rather huge lie. It is only after she meets Tom that she discovers the truth, and it is almost too much for her to bear. While Tom tries to help Ghost adjust he learns more about her background as he goes.
The character development throughout the novel was very entertaining, you get to see Augusta attempt to adjust to her new reality and Tom try to help Augusta along the way. I feel like there isn’t much about the character development I can say without giving away spoilers because there are so many twists and turns that affect the character development!
Overall I think this is a brilliant book that kept surprising me until the last pages, I even almost missed my bus stop a couple times! This is a book I will be reading again and again over the years and it has my full recommendation for anyone wanting a genuine page turner.