A mellifluous, soul-expanding, unforgettable story that adds meaningfully to a wonderful series. This is the kind of fiction I adore … larger-than-life, deeply original stories that change readers in ways they may not initially fathom.
I love how the plot thoughtfully unfolds, including the unsettling, intriguing history at its heart. I also enjoyed the multiple tributary ghost stories and how they all tied together. The relationship between Theo and Ness is rich, complex, and heart-warming, and both characters are well developed. I bought this book to read over Christmas, quickly discovering that the story, while centered in many ways around Christmas, is unquestionably strong enough to be read during any month of the year.
Well done, Shani Struthers.
What do you do when a whole town is haunted?
In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, ‘haunting’ the community, refusing to let them forget.
In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there’s no safe haven. The past taints everything.
Hurtling towards the anniversary as well as a new millennium, their aim is to move the spirits on, to cleanse the atmosphere so everyone – the living and the dead – can start again. But the spirits prove resistant and soon Theo and Ness are caught up in battle, fighting against something that knows their deepest fears and can twist them in the most dangerous of ways.
They’ll need all their courage to succeed and the help of a little girl too – a spirit who didn’t die at the hall, who shouldn’t even be there …
Yours in literature,