Thursday, May 7, 2015

Help for the Haunted

This Week's Book Recomendation is Help for the Haunted by John Searles.

The novel follows Sylvie Mason the youngest daughter of a Sylvester and Rose Mason. The Mason's have a very interesting profession. When they are not traveling giving lectures of the occult this husband and wife team help those who are haunted by malevolent spirits and demonic presences. The story begins on a snowy February evening when Sylvie hears her parents receive a phone call. At first nothing seems amiss as they often receive late night phone calls from prospective clients. But as she listens to the conversation Sylvie senses that there is something different about this call.

When her mother comes to wake her Sylvie climbs into the car with her parents without question. She is told to try and sleep in the back seat of the car while her father drives them to an old church where he was once a deacon. They are to meet Sylvie's older sister Rose, who shares their mother's name, because she wants to talk. Sylvie's father enters the church first leaving his wife and younger daughter in the car. After an hour or so has passed Sylvie's mother decides to venture into the church herself. Now Sylvie is left in the car alone while the snow continues to fall around her. Until her own curiousity gets the better of her and she too ventures into the church. As she enters she sees several indistinct figures near the altar but before she can make them out there is a loud noise and her world goes black. When Sylvie comes to she is in a hospital bed, a detective is waiting to speak with her, and she is now an orphan.

From this point on the novel moves between the present and the past as Sylvie tries to piece together the truth about what her parents did and the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Sylvie recalls details of events prior to her deaths as she moves through the days following their murders. Meeting new people and rekindling old relationships.

One of the things that I really loved about this novel was the writing. It had a cinematic feel to it and I could picture just about everything. From the creepy details of a doll that might be possessed, an item that I found particularly terrifying, and the other items that the parents removed from people's houses. You will find yourself drawn into the mysteries. Who killed the Masons? Did they really save people from demons? Who did Sylvie see in the Church that night?

If you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you guessing up until the very end, this is definitely a book that you should check out Bookworms!

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