Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

Help for the Haunted by John Searles

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

It begins with a murder but 13-year old Sylvie, our narrator, is asleep. Her parents were mediums responding to a distress call in an old church. After the initial drama we fluctuate between before the murder and into the investigation. We get Sylvie’s childhood, her sister’s rebellion, their difficult life now. The disturbed family life before the murders and the stress for so many after the killings are thrillingly and intriguingly told, leaving you wondering where it is all going; especially since our 13-year old narrator is a tad unreliable. It’s good.

If you like John Searles you might also like to read books by David Bell, Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 30/04/2018


Help for the Haunted by John Searles

It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, fourteen-year-old Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping 'haunted souls' find peace. 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. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church's red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire. As the story weaves back and forth through the years leading up to that night and the months following, the ever-inquisitive Sylvie searched for answers and uncovers secrets that have haunted her family for years ...Help for the Haunted is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, told in the captivating voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about what happened that winter night.


'I was completely consumed by Help for the Haunted; I read it in one sitting... John Searles has drawn a delicate portrait of the gap between what we know to be true and what we desperately want to believe. In fact, the only flaw I can find is that I've finished the novel - and that it's going to be awfully hard for my next reading choice to measure up.'

JODI PICOULT, International Bestseller

'Fascinating...intricate storytelling, and it works beautifully...pitch-perfect narration... Help for the Haunted is an exceptional piece of storytelling. Washington Post You won't be able to put it down. Marie Claire A masterful genre mash-up that's part paranormal thriller, part coming-of-age story, part crime fiction, Searles eerie novel about a young girl uncovering the mystery of her parents murders builds to a stunning and poignant conclusion. Entertainment Weekly A rich and tense suspense story...with elegant insights.'

'Khaled Hosseini, Author of The Kite Runner

About the Author

John Searles is the Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan and regularly appears on US television promoting and reviewing his favourite books. His essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast and many other US national publications. He lives in New York City.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

11th September 2014


John Searles

More books by John Searles
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website


Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


432 pages


Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery



What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters