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Publisher's Summary

When Joss, an adopted child, discovers that her real mother has left the beautiful family home, Belheddon Hall, to her, she is thrilled, until she discovers that the Hall is haunted by a presence which will not tolerate husbands or sons living in the house.

When Joss Grant inherits the beautiful old house on the East Anglian coast, it is a dream come true. Eager to begin a new life there with her husband and son, she is also impatient to find out about her newly discovered family who lived there for generations.

But Joss begins to hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is it her imagination? As she learns, with mounting horror, of the house's tragic history, her fears intensify, for she realizes that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone's control.

Despite the threat to her own husband and son, Joss is unable to break free, and, in a last desperate attempt, conjures up the presence to deal with ‘it’ once and for all.

©1996 Barbara Erskine (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.” ( Sunday Times)
“Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall” ( Woman’s Realm)
“Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell” ( Frank Delaney)

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A hard slog

I found the constant calling of the characters names irritating beyond belief. It was a struggle to listen to the end. The story would have been much more interesting if it had focused more on the ghostly characters and their history, because the story picked up pace when that occurred. There were no great surprises to this story and I would have returned it if I hadn’t returned the previous book I read.

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Once again

Once again another brilliant Barbara Erskine book. Beautifully read as well. Looking forward to the next

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  • Mrs W.
  • 23-07-2018

loved it!!

Couldn't put it down! The narrator was excellent. Would definitely recommend it be read at night

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  • Jacq
  • 27-07-2014

A nice enough story to pass some time

A pleasant little ghost story, quite enjoyable, but nothing special. Very like so many of Barbara Erskine's books, if you can't get enough of them then you'll love this, personally I find they are a bit formulaic, but at least that makes this a safe bet! A story of past loves that weren't settled so a modern day heroine has to work out how to let them rest.The narration is a little upper cut, so its hard to get a feel for the characters who all sound like Penelope Keith, apart from the East Anglian locals who all have west country accents!

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  • ian
  • 05-09-2013

a well read book a good story with twists

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A well read book with a very good storyline some of the chapters I jumped as if out of my skin I even expected the part to happen but got engrossed into it ..