Editorial Reviews. Review. Author One-on-One: Gillian Flynn and John Searles. Gillian Flynn John Searles · Gillian Flynn is the author of Sharp. John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daug. Readers of this unsettling coming-of-age story from Searles (Strange but True) may feel the need to whistle past the graveyard by the end.

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It’s a coming of age story about a girl dealing with a very unusual home life and hauntde, and her observations about the world around her. I’ve found I really like doing it this way. Not to give it away but the resolution was a cop-out and a rip off. Piatkus Cliff’s Edge Meg Tilly.

What’s the Name o Slow, creepy, with a gothic mood, this psychological head game builds to an interesting climax. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Searles has written such a real, honest, believable character. Your parents are never gone from you … Sylvie remembers her father saying.

And lock the basement door. She is hoping for nothing more than a break from her demanding young family, but as she soon finds out, this most ancient yhe beautiful of cities has its dark side. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Rogan had been given a horrifying choice – set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die. Help for the Haunted John Searles book reviews: Searles is a good writer when he wants to be.


Celia Donnelly had just arrived in Florence at the time of the girl’s disappearance and can remember only too well the face that filled the front pages of every Italian newspaper. Praise for Richard Montanari’A relentlessly suspenseful, soul-chilling thriller that hooks you instantly’Tess Gerritsen’The author’s elegiac tone takes the curse off this blood-drenched thriller. No one tells you how to go home. There is a reasonable answer to every event, and masquerading behind the imagination of a child does not sustain a plot built on smoke, mirrors and creepy people with god complexes.


The worst part of all is the ending.

Help for the Haunted

Holly is used to chasing serial killers. Obviously, Sylvie Mason is very different from you. But just what is happening in the basement now, sounds that seem to emanate from beneath the house, it seems like something below is not happy that Sylvie’s parents are no longer among the living and are deeply upset with the current state of things. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Share your thoughts with other customers. As a reader who paid full price for this book, I feel cheated.

Then there are aspects that don’t make sense, like Abigail and the doll. This was one of those rare books that I can’t wait to finish just to be done with it. Just be sure to leave all the lights on while you read. For fifteen years a terrible crime lies unsolved, becoming one of the city’s darkest and most shameful secrets, until one bitter winter night another body is found, at another swimming pool, and the case is reopened. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Read it, you’ll be glad you did. But when a young girl’s body is found on the local beach, and the following day Elvira’s hard-working cleaner, Ania, goes missing, Rose finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation that threatens the idyll she has worked so hard to establish. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. From the start, when Sylvie begins describing her family and her current status Rosie is her guardiandetails are shrouded, much like the work undertaken by Rose and Sylvester Mason.


This was one of those rare books that I can’t wait to finish just to be done with it. This is a well written, reasonably engrossing genre novel. It’s a coming of age story about a girl dealing with a very unusual home life and family, and her observations about the world around her.

Sometimes they are retrieving haunted items? But it never came.

The couple dabbles in spiritualism, albeit heavily cloaked in Christianity. I forgot she once made them until they were staring me in the face—and scaring me! It means you’ve lost your hope. I found my mind drifting while hekp to it. The solution to the mystery is surprising, and I doubt that many people will have figured it out before the big reveal.

Almost every object and character in the book have their own air of menace and nothing and no one is entirely what they seem. Only Publisher’s Weekly’s review “unsettlimg Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. Keri was around the age of Sylvie, and I realized while writing the book that I was channeling her emotions from that time.

Book review: John Searles’s *Help for the Haunted*

They show up and hang around for a while, then it’s as if the uaunted decided he was bored with them and pushes them to the back burner.

The first person narrative voice of Sylvie is marvellously realized as an intelligent, sensitive and deeply troubled teenage girl, not surprising considering her upbringing and the fact that she was the only witness to her parents’ killing. She has particular reason to uohn good at her job – but she keeps that to herself.