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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-20 11:29
Review of The Ghost Hunter's by Neil Spring
The Ghost Hunters - Neil Spring

Wow this is my first review on BookLikes and I'm going to start with a book I mentioned in a previous blog post "The Ghost Hunter's."

Now if a book contains any element of truth I'm really interested to read it and see how fact and fiction blend.

"The Ghost Hunter's" is told from the perspective of Sarah Grey, a young women, who in 1926, becomes assistant to Harry Price one of Britain's best known psychic investigators.

Having lost her father in the war, it is  Sarah's mother who becomes obsessed with finding a medium who can let her speak to her late husband; and it is through this search Sarah encounters Price for the first time.

Price is determined to expose fake mediums as he doesn't believe authentic ones exists, and it is this work Sarah helps him with.

But everything changes when a national paper asks Price to investigator Borley Rectory; as the night Sarah and Price spend there changes both their lives for ever.

In this his debut novel Neil Spring weaves fact and fiction effortless to give a new take on both Harry Price and Borley Rectory.

Now if you are looking for a horror story, you will need to look elsewhere as this book is psychologically driven.

Sarah Grey's character is Neil's creation, but she is a very likable and well crafted. You can almost feel her pain at different stages throughout the book.

Harry Price had the reputation of being the best known psychic investigator, not only in Britain but beyond. These days a lot of his work, especially that on Borley has been  dispelled as fraudulent, and in this book Neil portrays him as a secretive man who is also cunning and deceitful.

No one knows for sure just what happened at Borley Rectory, but even today it is still something of an enigma.

Did Price fabricate a lot of it as purported in the book?

We shall never know, although even today there reports of strange happenings in Borley Church.

This a wonderful book and I can't recommend it highly enough.

 

 

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Neil Spring's The Ghost Hunter's A new take on Borley Rectory
The Ghost Hunters - Neil Spring

In my last post I spoke about Borley being one of the places I would love to visit.

Unfortunately the Rectory doesn't exist any more, but the Church is still experiencing unexplained phenomena to this day.

Who knows perhaps one day I will finally get there?

Last night I finished reading Neil Spring's debut novel "The Ghost Hunter's" all about Borley and it's investigation by Harry Price.

Now Borley was called "the most haunted house in Britain" at the time, although no one knows for sure just what happened.

Harry Price was the "psychic detective," a man who set out to prove that mediums were frauds and the after life doesn't exist; and apparently ended up a believer.

Neil Spring cleverly weaves real events with fictional ones, which makes this book into something more than your traditional haunted house story.

I find the book to be an interesting new take on Price and Borley and recommend it to anyone interested in either.

What do I believe about Borley and the part Harry Price played?

First to Price.

The man was an enigma at the time, although since then a shadow has been cast over his investigation of the Rectory, and it has been dismissed as a hoax.

Did he pull off all the phenomena himself? The only person who knows the answer to that is Harry Price himself, and since he died in the 40's I think it's safe to say he took the secret to the grave.

And just what about Borley?

Well the reports of a nun being seen go back to 1900 I do believe, so they were circulating long before Price was called in by a national paper to investigate.

As to the identity of who the nun was we may never know.

At the end of his book Neil Spring reports that in 2004 I think it was, work was carried out close to where the Rectory had stood.

During this time the remains of a woman were found buried.

Is this just a weird coincidence?

Not to me it isn't, when you think of the messages that were reportedly written by an unseen hand on the walls of the  Rectory.

So yes, I do believe that something supernatural did happen at Borley over a period of time and has continued at the Church to the present day.

When it comes to Harry Price, I'm afraid the jury is out!

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review 2016-07-03 09:01
Dark Spirits
Dark Spirits: A Man Terrorized by the Supernatural - Stephen Lancaster

by Stephen Lancaster

 

Non-fiction.

 

This is a book relating the ghost hunting experiences of the author, who claims to have witnessed some very bizarre happenings. It starts out relating a story he heard about second hand about a woman who had the ability to predict events, including her own death. She told her son that her husband would remarry in six months and that she would haunt her favorite room for a while, "messing with" the new wife. Apparently she was as good as her word as the new wife experienced a lot of weird phenomena in her kitchen and was never able to complete making a meal.

 

More stories follow, some of them very bizarre and creepy. I will admit that I looked up the author on YouTube to see if any of the footage he describes in the book was available, but all I found were trailers for movies he is soon to release.

 

This brought up the question; do I accept the genuineness of his stories at face value, or do I dismiss them as sensationalism preparing the way for commercial films to come? I don't have an answer for that yet, but a clip of the demonic presences found in the attic and under a table at a farmhouse he describes in one of the stories would make me want to see what else he's got enough to watch the films. Trailers with nothing but people talking about what they've seen all seems too 'Blair Witch' for me to accept validity.

 

All claims aside, the book is well written in a way that makes the stories sound real, so there is entertainment value to be had regardless of belief or the lack thereof. The tone of the writing is convincing and the details are related in a way that makes it all sound plausible, apart from the willingness of the team to go back into haunted places after having extreme physical reactions.

 

The author explains towards the end that his first book was about the mechanics of what he does, but this one is intended to be about the human experience. In this I think he succeeds. Some things could have used more explanation, like what is involved in a communication session. But overall I think I did get a feel for what he does, though I can't imagine being calm during some of the ghostly or possibly demonic activity like getting throw against the wall or down the stairs. An interesting read.

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review 2016-04-10 17:05
Superstitious Feelings (Soul Scavenges #3) LJ Winters
Soul Scavengers: Superstitious Feelings - L.J. Winters

After rushing to Olivia’s side, Sullivan finds that they will have to fight to stay alive and the threat doesn’t come from the dead this time as an old enemy plots against them in thrilling romantic suspense.

 

Olivia is on the other side of the country facing down her greatest personal demon in the flesh without the Ghost Man and the readers can’t help but get caught in the tangled web of emotions, vendettas and unexpected surprises that fill this story from one end to the other. Olivia and Sullivan may have taken a small break from each other in the romance department due to all their personal issues, but that doesn’t mean that Sullivan can’t rush to her side and be there for her when she needs it and of course there is still plenty of chemistry burning hot between them but Olivia has a few surprises in store for her Ghost Man which has lots of emotional turmoil flowing from the pages. This well written, smooth flowing and steady to fast paced plot is full of romance, excitement, suspense, and characters that grab the reader’s attentions with spine tingling excitement building throughout the story as murderous plots, lost gold and a doomsday cult shake the things up for this ghost hunting team.

 

I was eager to pick up where the second book left off and I wasn’t disappointed, the author threw quite a few twists into the story, not only plot wise but character wise (no, I’m not giving anything away) that kept me on my toes and unsure of the outcome until the very end. Note: This series is best read in sequence.

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review 2016-04-10 17:00
Soul Scavengers: Wounded Rose - L. J. Winters

Sullivan and Olivia are now joined at the hip for better or for worse and the Soul Scavengers team are called to a mysterious mansion in rural Illinois where they get a little more than they bargained for as they attempt to shed some light on the mansion’s dark history in this riveting urban fantasy.

 

Sullivan’s deeply ingrained inability to make a commitment is causing quite a bit of friction and emotional turmoil between him and Olivia and the readers can’t help but get caught up in their rocky relationship as Olivia is driven almost to her breaking point, especially once their fellow investigators Kelly and Hudson start torturing their cranky colleague but none of that brings the sizzling and undeniable attraction between them to a halt, it just makes for some interesting events some of which adds some chuckles. The strong captivating duo is now joined by more engaging characters that grab the reader’s attention and the fast paced and smooth flowing plot draws readers in with suspense, turmoil, excitement and romance.

 

Most of the spine chilling excitement comes from some spooky interactions with the spirits of the mansion that the team is investigating because this is one investigation that takes quite the deadly turn with some unexpected surprises keeping the team on their toes, but that’s not all the excitement this story has to offer as some personal and family surprises adds spice to the story as well.

 

Sullivan and Olivia’s romance is balanced on a cliff’s edge and I’m not sure just where it’s going to land as Sullivan and Olivia both kind of keeping getting in their own way not to mention the team and the ghosts manage to cause quite a bit of trouble for the couple as well. As for the series I have to say that it is more like a serial, at least regarding the romance part of the story and this one ended on a quite a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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