Title: Haverscroft

Author: S. A. Harris

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Salt

The Blurb

Kate Keeling leaves all she knows and moves to Haverscroft House in an attempt to salvage her marriage. Little does she realise, Haverscroft’s dark secrets will drive her to question her sanity, her husband and fatally engulf her family unless she can stop the past repeating itself. Can Kate keep her children safe and escape Haverscroft in time, even if it will end her marriage?

Haverscroft is a gripping and chilling dark tale, a modern ghost story that will keep you turning its pages late into the night.


The Review

Firstly, I need to thank Emma Downson from Salt for sending me a review copy of Haverscroft and allowing me to be a part of the book tour.

Haverscroft is a modern day ghost story set in a creepy old house in a small town. From that mini description I was completely sold. I am the perfect audience for a ghost story and thriller. I never guess the outcome and good writing can genuinely creep me out.

One of the great things about Haverscroft and indeed Harris’s writing of it is that she keeps the sense of eeriness all the way through it; this increases chapter by chapter and the reader continues to have a feeling of unease throughout. There is no reprieve from this and for a modern day ghost story that is a hard feeling to create and keep consistent.

Harris also manages to toy with your mind. We don’t know if what Kate is feeling is true – we suspect it is because she is not the only one uneasy with the house but with her history we start to question whether or not she is a reliable narrator or not. However, what you also feel is the need to believe her and in turn dislike the people in her life who are making you question her. There were times whilst reading this book when I was compelled to shout out loud ‘ooh, you swine!”

I think that to write a contemporary ghost story is quite difficult. As an audience, we are jaded and aren’t necessarily as skittish anymore. Harris does all the elements of the thriller very well although for me the ending needed to be stronger; that being said, when everyone in my house went to bed I had to put down the book because Haverscroft did leave me seriously freaked out.

Haverscroft by S. A. Harris is available now.

For more information regarding S. A. Harris (@salharris1) please visit www.saharrisauthor.com.

For more information regarding Salt Publishing (@saltpublishing) please visit www.saltpublishing.com.

Title: Cold Bath Street

Author: AJ Hartley

Pages: 316 Pages

Publisher: UCLan Publishing

The Blurb

Preston Oldcorn is in a desolate void between life and death. In order to save his soul he must brave his greatest fear – Cold Bath Street. A gothic thriller – think Hunger Games crossed with Artemis Fowl – that will keep you gripped to the end. Stunning black and white illustrations throughout.


The Review

What are you supposed to do when you are lost in that precarious world between life and death? Preston Oldcorn has to figure this question out because since he died he has been stuck in a sort of limbo, consorting with ghosts and occasionally going back to his old home in Preston, Lancashire. He hasn’t gone to heaven and he knows he hasn’t done anything bad enough to send him to hell. But he does seem to be unable to get away from his home town.

Preston’s story mixes local ghost stories and spooky history from the Lancashire town. Author, AJ Hartley grew up in the area and has used real life locations to shape and develop his tale of lost souls. We see the sadness of unfinished business juxtaposed with the light of making new friendships and making the best of a bad situation. Hartley manages to bond the natural and the supernatural together in such a believable way that you will not be able to put the book down until you know just how it end.

Cold Bath Street is a really good ghost story. It is creepy and mysterious and keeps you guessing to the very last page. It is a very entertaining read and perfect for those who like to be scared.

Cold Bath Street by AJ Hartley is available now.

For more information regarding AJ Hartley (@authorajhartley) please visit www.ajhartley.net.

For more information regarding UCLan Publishing (@publishingdeb) please visit www.uclanpublishing.com.