We’re delighted to be on tour sharing Laura’s thoughts on A House of Ghosts by W C Ryan.
A House of Ghosts by W C Ryan is published by Zaffre and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover, paperback and audiobook formats.
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.
At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.
For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . . .
Firstly I was enchanted by the front cover, it’s a beautiful book and secondly I was captivated by this dark mystery.
A House of Ghosts is set on Blackwater island off Devon in 1917, a party of guests become trapped at the Abbey owned by Lord Francis Highmount and Lady Elizabeth by a heavy, winter storm. Kate Cartwright, a code-breaker has been invited as a family friend with her parents and with Donovan work together to investigate crimes while on the island. Other guests include two mediums Orlov and Madame Feda, Private Simms and Doctor Reid and Kate’s ex-fiancee Rolleston.
I enjoyed the atmospheric writing of the island alongside the trapped characters and because of this, this book reminded me of Agatha Christie’s ‘And then there were none’.
A great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to read more about Donovan and Kate and their next adventures.
W. C. Ryan is a pseudonym for William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA Historical Dagger and the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and have been translated into over a dozen languages. William is married and lives in west London.