Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring



The Ghost HuntersThe Ghost Hunters is a fictionalised account about real life psychic researcher and ghost hunter Harry Price. It concentrates mainly on his investigations into Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England, during the 1930s and 40s.  Harry is a sceptic who spends a lot of his time exposing spiritualist mediums as fakes. He meets Sarah Grey and her mother at one of his meetings and Sarah soon becomes his assistant. The story is from her point of view in the form of a manuscript she has written.

I've been looking forward to this book ever since I heard it concerned Borley Rectory. I live in Suffolk and have relatives in Long Melford which isn't far away. When I was a child I remember loving to be scared by the tales of the scary goings on there and it has always fascinated me.

I was very impressed with this, the authors first novel, and particularly by how well he managed to mix fact with fiction to produce a well researched gripping story. I loved the character of Sarah, she is completely fictionalised and wasn't Harry's assistant in reality.

The Ghost Hunters is one of the best ghost, gothic and historical novels I've read in a while. Also I was surprised by many of the twists right up until the end.

It's made me want to look into Borley Rectory all over again, perhaps a drive out that way will be on the cards soon. 

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

Book Blurb:

Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England.
The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hunter. Equal parts brilliant and charming, neurotic and manipulative, Harry has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England's many 'false hauntings', and never has he left a case unsolved, nor a fraud unexposed.

So when Harry and Sarah are invited to Borley Rectory - a house so haunted objects frequently fly through the air unbidden, and locals avoid the grounds for fear of facing the spectral nun that walks there - they're sure that this case will be just like any other. But when night falls and still no artifice can be found, the ghost hunters are forced to confront an uncomfortable truth: the ghost of Borley Rectory may be real and, if so, they're about to make its most intimate acquaintance.

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