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The House on Cold Hill by Peter James
  

The House on Cold Hill

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I have been an enormous fan of this author right from the beginning of his career. His early books were thrillers, ghost stories, science fiction and paranormal tales, all rather special and weird. Then he turned to police procedural mysteries and invented his popular character Roy Grace. His career took off. Now he has returned to that area I so love, the ghost story. This is classic haunted house stuff, absolutely brilliant. It’s chilling, atmospheric and despite believing the obvious will happen, it is full of surprises. The house in question seems to fit many a family’s dream house but in the first few pages we get the measure of the place in a terrific opening. We then join the house some thirty years later and as well as the traditional spooky happenings, we are now very much in the modern age where computers and mobile phones come into their own. First class stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Peter James you might also like to read books by Lee Child, Stephen King and Adam Nevill.

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The House on Cold Hill by Peter James

Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their twelve-year-old daughter Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion - Ollie is filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, he has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being separated from her friends. Within days of moving in, it becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents of the house. A friend of Jade's is the first to see the spectral woman, standing behind her as the girls talk on FaceTime. Then there are more sightings, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. As the haunting becomes more malevolent and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the terrified family discover Cold Hill House's dark history, and the horrible truth of what it could mean for them ...

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Impeccable ... Sunday Times Superbly creepy modern horror story. Book of the week, The Sunday Mirror This novel from the brilliant Peter James had the hairs standing up on our arms from the first page. Book of the Week, Heat Magazine James is a compelling storyteller and he ratchets up the tension in increments, so that his readers will be suitably terrified. By the time you want to scream 'Look behind you!', it's already too late. 'Halloween Chillers', The Daily Mail Impeccable ... Sunday Times Superbly creepy modern horror story. Book of the week, The Sunday Mirror This novel from the brilliant Peter James had the hairs standing up on our arms from the first page. Book of the Week, Heat Magazine James is a compelling storyteller and he ratchets up the tension in increments, so that his readers will be suitably terrified. By the time you want to scream 'Look behind you!', it's already too late. 'Halloween Chillers', The Daily Mail


About the Author

Peter James

Peter James is one of the UK’s most popular crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold more than one and a half million in the UK alone and six million worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 34 languages and his latest novel, ‘Dead Like You’, went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists at no 1 in both hardback and paperback. His novella, ‘The Perfect Murder,’ went to No 1 on iBooks and has spent 40 consecutive weeks in the iBooks Top 10. Peter has developed a close working relationship with the Sussex Police over many years, spending an average of one day a week with them, and his writing reveals a unique insight into the reality of modern day police work. He has carried out extensive research with police in Moscow, Munich, Paris, Melbourne, Sweden, New York and Romania, and regularly attends international police conferences to ensure he is at the cutting-edge of investigative police work.

Born and brought up in Brighton, Peter divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and on the South Downs near Lewes in Sussex. An established film producer and script writer, he has produced numerous films, including The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with Peter overseeing all aspects, including the scriptwriting. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community.

In 2016 Peter James was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger - the Crime Writers' Association's highest honour - awarded each year to a writer who has a career "marked by sustained excellence" and has made "a significant contribution" to English-language crime writing.

Peter James was the winner of the ITV3 People’s Bestseller Dagger 2011.

Author photo © Peter Rowland

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Publication date

8th October 2015

Author

Peter James

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Horror
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Horror & ghost stories
Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781447255901

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