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Before embarking on his bestselling series of Roy Grace crime novels Peter James wrote many bestselling supernatural thrillers. With The House on Cold Hill he makes a return to this genre. All James’ books are informed by a fascination with how the world works and the tricks these workings can play on people and this novel is no exception. The cover, the title and the opening scenes all suggest that we are in for a classic ghost story. After a sly and shocking bit of misdirection with the opening chapter we are soon in the territory of the bright young metropolitan family arriving in their new dream country home only to find that old houses come with secrets and history.
But there is something else going on here. Yes there are ghostly apparitions but in amongst an almost comical series of architectural disasters as they discover the true horror of the nightmares hinted at in the structural survey, there is something else very interesting going on here. To say more would be to invite spoilers so let’s just say that time is an odd thing and very little is as we perceive it. This is a hugely readable book (the pages really do fly by) and James creates engaging characters and keeps us with them with expertly delivered shocks and twists. Anyone who loves ghost stories, any fan of Stephen King, is going to have a lot of fun (and a lot of surprises) in The House on Cold Hill.
Moving from the heart of the city of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion - they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and with its acres of land, he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, a base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents in the house. At first it is only a friend of Jade, talking to her on Facetime, who sees a spectral woman standing behind her. Then there are more sightings of her, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. Two weeks after moving in, Caro, out in the garden, is startled to see faces staring out of an upstairs window of the house. The window of a room which holds the secret to the house's dark history ...a room which does not appear to exist ...
'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
Publication date: 16/06/2016
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 08/10/2015
|Publication date:||16th June 2016|
|Publisher:||Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,|
|Categories:||Horror & ghost stories, Thriller / suspense,|
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 ...More About Peter James