Where the Dead Walk by John Bowen

Synopsis

For some, ghosts are no more than the wounds loved ones leave in their wake, haunting the living only with their absence. Others take a more literal view..

.Kate Bennett, presenter of paranormal investigation cable TV show, ‘Where the Dead Walk’, isn’t sure what she believes, other than she seems cursed to lose all those closest to her.

After investigating a neglected cliff-top house, empty for a decade because it’s ‘haunted’, Kate is convinced a spirit within holds the answers to a childhood she can’t remember and an unimaginable crime.

What she can’t know is that the house’s owner, Sebastian Dahl, is searching for something too, and he intends to get it, whatever the cost.

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My thoughts

Ghost hunting television shows have become fairly popular  in recent years from UK’s Most Haunted to the dozens of US programmes such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, and this story uses that premise as a background.

The  main character, Kate presents one such show, she is nicely written and from the start you can tell that there is something between her and her producer. The characters are believable and well written. Sebastian Dahl, who asks for Kate and her team to investigate his house is both creepy and too good to be true, but Kate his determined to help.

The description of the house is brilliant and I could really imagine its lay out and the fire that took place, that affected the lives of both Sebastian and Kate as it comes to light that they knew each other as children.

About 70% to 75% of the way through the book I figured out what Sebastian was up to and his motives for asking Kate to help with his problem and the reason he was isolating her from her friends, this is because I have seen this plot point several times on Film and TV and I was really hoping that Bowen would take the story to a different ending than had previously been used, and I was glad to find out that he did. I really enjoyed this book and if you like a good bit of suspense mixed in with the supernatural then this is for you.

 

4/5

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About Andrea Pryke

I have been collecting Marilyn Monroe items since 1990 and the collection includes around 400 books, as well as films, documentaries, dolls, records and all sorts of other items
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