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.
Wow! The First Kiss Of Spring is a fantastic read by Emily March. Ms. March has given us a well-written book. The characters in this book are outstanding and for me, the best part of the book. Caitlin has decided to quit her job and move back to her hometown but first, she has to get through her friend's wedding weekend. Josh meets Caitlin while he is on vacation and she is waiting for her friend, the bride, to arrive. Caitlin and Josh's story is a see-saw of ups and downs. There's plenty of drama, humor, sizzle and bit of suspense to hold the reader's attention. I enjoyed every page of The First Kiss Of Spring, it's one of those stories you can't wait to get to the end to see what happens, but then want more when you do reach the end. I look forward to reading more from Emily March in the future. The First Kiss Of Spring is book 14 of the Eternity Springs Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
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!