About this book..
When property developer Finn Harper impulsively decides to make an investment with his wife whilst away together in North Wales for their anniversary, it seems an opportunity almost too good to be true. But as the disturbing truth of the home’s abandonment unravels itself, Finn finds himself alone, and a martyr of the local community. He must confront some personal demons, forcing him to consider what, or even who, is real.
When I was contacted by the author asking if I’d like a copy of Coal House, I was rather intrigued and as I haven’t read a ghost story for a few years decided to accept whilst looking forward to a spooky and atmospheric read. And thankfully that was exactly what I got!
Finn and his wife Clara are in North Wales when they decide to bid on a property that comes up for auction that is priced, well, a little bit cheaper than expected! Now, you and I would be thinking straight away “Eh hello??? Creepy old house in the middle of nowhere?? Cheap?? Funny looks from the locals??” but property developer Clara is excited enough to make a bid-the only bid surprisingly….NOT-and the couple have a wonderful new life to plan away from the hustle and bustle of London city life. Finn moves in straight away but also straight away begins to hear noises that chill him to the bone. What is the history of the Coal House and what secrets are about to be revealed?
Although it is set in the fifties, this book could have taken place anytime in the twentieth century. There isn’t a sense of any particular period, just the house and sleepy village which can exist even now in our high tech world if they are isolated enough from the modern society. I had a picture in my head right from the start of the house and its surroundings and it felt very dark and atmospheric. This would make a fabulous drama on the small screen! I would be hiding behind a cushion most of the time though. What I’m trying to say is that reading the story didn’t scare me as much as it would have done if it was done visually.
This is an easy to read ghostly story that would be a perfect Halloween pick for a chilling storytelling session. I read it within one afternoon and would recommend that to keep the suspense going. I don’t read scary books in the dark anymore but that may also heighten the sense of malevolence for you!
Thanks again to the author for providing my review copy in return for my honest opinion.