Thursday, September 19, 2013

Worth a Read: HELP FOR THE HAUNTED

Raise your hands is you like ghost stories.

HELP FOR THE HAUNTED by John Searles is a mysterious ghost story with a murderous twist.

Sylvie Mason is an unusual teen with a special gift. She belongs to a family of Christian ghost hunters and healers living in Maryland. But all is not well, and all is not as it seems, in the Mason family.

After Sylvie's older, rebellious sister Rose goes missing, her parents receive a mysterious call on a snowy night to meet in a church if they want to find out where Rose is. Sylvie is told to wait in the car, and she does for what seems like forever. Finally, she traipses inside the church. When she discovers her parents have been murdered, she is grazed by a bullet that whizzes by her ear.

Flash forward: A year later, Sylvie is being "raised" by her negligent sister Rose, who barely provides food or clothing for Sylvie. In high school, Sylvie's life is unbearable, except for the school counselor who does his best to help Sylvie cope with her shattered life.

Who is the mysterious person who leaves casseroles on the doorstep at night, but which Rose throws out because she tells Sylvie they could be poisoned. And what's causing the unexplained noises and happenings in the basement?

After the man originally charged with the murder of her parents is cleared of the crime, the police reopen the case and question Sylvie. Forced to relive the horrible night, Sylvie is determined to find out who killed her parents. But that knowledge will reveal deep family secrets that could put Sylvie's life in jeopardy.

Narrated by the haunting voice of Sylvie, HELP FOR THE HAUNTED is a well written and satisfying ghost story that is surprising and a bit creepy.

8 comments:

  1. I already have this on my TBR list. Sounds great! :)

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  2. I've never read anything by John Searles before, but I'll put it on my list. Thanks Donna!

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  3. Sounds like the perfect read on a chilly fall evening.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  4. Sounds like the perfect read on a chilly fall evening.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  5. I am not much of a spooky reader, but you have made this story sound appealing!

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  6. Oh, I love a good ghost story. My dad was best storty teller around. I'll have to check this out.

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  7. Hi Madeline, Lisa, Pat, Claudia, and Linda,
    I think you'll all enjoy it, especially on a chilly fall evening, Pat.

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  8. This one sounds like a good read, Donna. I just bought another ghost story at the Colorado Gold Conference last weekend, so I'm thinking that ghosts are lot more appealing to me than vampires and other other-worldly characters.

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