An English Ghost Story

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An English Ghost Story

This was a book that started out GREAT! The descriptions of 'The Hollow' and its effect on what was a splintered and disintegrating English family, was nothing less than charming. Add to that the back story of the house's past, and BOOM...instant readability.

The problems comes in a meandering plot and snail slow pacing.

By the time you get to the part in the book where charm turns macabre, you are so ready for it and there is no wow.

There is also the issue of the family's seeming unwillingness to come to terms with the fact that the ghosts that they came to embrace, turned on them.

Overall, this is still a good read. It’s a bit of a round about journey from A to B, but a good book nonetheless.

Book Blurb for An English Ghost Story

A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out. 

A stand-alone novel from acclaimed author Kim Newman.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2014 3.50