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A House of Ghosts [PDF] ✑ A House of Ghosts Author W.C. Ryan – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Winter 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 th WinterAs 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 A House Kindle - 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 ways than one.


10 thoughts on “A House of Ghosts

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    As the dark autumn nights begin to draw in, WC Ryan gives us historical fiction in the form of a dark supernatural novel set on a isolated Blackwater Island, off the Devon coast This takes place in the Winter of 1917 where a ferocious battle is taking place between Germany and Britain and its allies to win the war at any cost In this story of the military intelligence services, there are concerns that key pieces of strategic knowledge are finding their way into German hands Kate Cartwright is As the dark autumn nights begin to draw in, WC Ryan gives us historical fiction in the form of a dark supernatural novel set on a isolated Blackwater Island, off the Devon coast This takes place in the Winter of 1917 where a ferocious battle is taking place between Germany and Britain and its allies to win the war at any cost In this story of the military intelligence services, there are concerns that key pieces of strategic knowledge are finding their way into German hands Kate Cartwright is a woman with rather special talents and gifts working in the coding breaking section She has lost her brother, Arthur, reported missing in action in the trenches in Europe and her fiance, Rolleson Miller White has broken off their engagement, which fortunately she is not too upset about Captain Robert Donovan has intimate knowledge of the horrors of trench warfare, but is now working in espionage routing out traitors Kate has been tasked to accept an invitation from family friends, the armaments manufacturer Lord Francis Highmount and his wife, Lady Elizabeth, to join a party of guests at their island planning spiritualist activities to contact the dead, specifically the sons they have lost to the war, Reginald and Algernon She is to go undercover, taking her ex fiance, Rolleson, pretending they are still together, and Donovan is to be Rolleson s valet The weather is frightful, with heavy winter storms and snow blizzards, Blackwater Island and Abbey are cut off from the mainland The Abbey is an atmospheric place exuding an army of ghosts from the past that can be felt by the present day inhabitants, somethan others Two well known mediums have been invited, Count Dmitri Orlov and Madame Feda, to conduct the seances A troubled soldier, a tunneler, Private Albert Simms, is under the medical care of Dr Reid Kate has brought with her an old family heirloom, the FitzAubrey Glass Mirror, which yields its secrets only to the women in the family Kate and Donovan find no one is who they appear to be in this story of lies, deception, traitors and spies as danger in the form of murder, attacks and sabotage swirl around them as the worst of raging storms cuts them off from the outside world and help.The supernatural elements are not key to the central focus of the novel but they do lend a tremendous amount of atmosphere to this almost Agatha Christie like tale of remote islands, aristocrats, an ancient haunted country house in the form of the Abbey, and, of course, a party of guests There is plenty of tension and suspense as Kate and Donovan follow the leads to try and identify the perpetrators of the dark deeds that begin to take place in a creaking house full of ghosts and secrets The war time losses, the need to hunt down traitors and get ahead of the Germans in the war are captured beautifully in this period piece I found this a wonderfully entertaining read that is perfect for this time of the year Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for an ARC


  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    I surprisingly found this to be a book that I think was probably better on audio Surprising to me, because I have had much better luck listening to non fiction, than fiction I wouldn t say this is a ghost story, though there are certainly ghosts, a medium and a seance as well as a few who have the ability to actually see these ghosts.Takes place in an old house, on the coast of Devon, where some have gathered to contact the sons they had lost in the war Air masks, schemes, military and other I surprisingly found this to be a book that I think was probably better on audio Surprising to me, because I have had much better luck listening to non fiction, than fiction I wouldn t say this is a ghost story, though there are certainly ghosts, a medium and a seance as well as a few who have the ability to actually see these ghosts.Takes place in an old house, on the coast of Devon, where some have gathered to contact the sons they had lost in the war Air masks, schemes, military and other secrets, an arms manufacturer and a wounded soldier keep the plot clipping along When bodies start to drop, secret passages revealed, the suspects are plenty I think I would call this a historical ghost story, if there is such a genre There are certainly elements of both included.The narrator, Esther Wane, did in my opinion a terrific job Her narration gets a 4 Listening to this it reminded me of an old Agatha Christie novel, which was surprising There were a few things I might have rolled my eyes at had I been reading, but listening to it made it seeminteresting and enjoyable.From the ending it seems there might bewriting featuring our two main character, Kate and Donovan If so I will be listening.ARC from Edelweiss


  3. JanB JanB says:

    DNF at page 100This ticked all by boxes for a perfect October read or anytime of year WWI setting Ghosts Spies Gothic vibe A winter storm a locked door mystery on an isolated island off the coast of England A murder It was a dark stormy day when I settled in for what I hoped would be a spooky chilling story Unfortunately by page 100 there still was no murder, I couldn t keep all the characters straight, and my eyes were glazing over with boredom Onto the DNF pile it went.


  4. Ova - Excuse My Reading Ova - Excuse My Reading says:

    This book had such a hype and a gorgeous cover, I literally jumped on it to read Sadly, I didn t find it too enjoyable.The setting reminds of And then there were none however there is no chilling atmosphere or anything to give creeps Set in Blackwater Abbey, an island in Devon during the Great War, A House of Ghosts is a mysterythan a murder novel The story is not very eventful The characters gather together in the house, a few of them can see the ghosts Kate and Donovan work for Se This book had such a hype and a gorgeous cover, I literally jumped on it to read Sadly, I didn t find it too enjoyable.The setting reminds of And then there were none however there is no chilling atmosphere or anything to give creeps Set in Blackwater Abbey, an island in Devon during the Great War, A House of Ghosts is a mysterythan a murder novel The story is not very eventful The characters gather together in the house, a few of them can see the ghosts Kate and Donovan work for Secret Service and have a mission, the owners of the house, Highmounts, are hoping to contact with their missing during the war, presumed death sons, Kate s parents are also aristocrats and in the Abbey for the same aim There is a traumatised soldier, private Simms and Dr Reid.Also the foreigners, Count Orlov, a Russian and Madame Feda, a medium This mix of characters start interacting but for a long time nothing really happens, the story drags There are a few mysteries but up until 70% of the book nothing really happens and there are too many unknowns, making it hard to stick with the story line Somethings happen after 70% don t want to spoil but it wasn t enough to impress, sadly And the ending for me was a let down too obvious.I would categorise this as a cosy mystery rather than a scary spooky read Just because there are ghosts floating around doesn t make a story scary Could have been shorter, also for me, the talks about weapons business of Lord Highmount was too repetitive


  5. Susan Susan says:

    This novel is a mix of ghost story, mystery, with a touch of espionage and even a little romance It is 1917 and WWI has been going on for three, long years Almost every family in Britain has been touched by loss and this includes Kate Cartwright, whose brother was recently killed Kate is working as a code breaker, when she is asked by Captain Sir Mansfield Smith Cumming known as C and Head of the Secret Intelligence Service to take up the offer of a visit to Black Water Abbey, home of Lor This novel is a mix of ghost story, mystery, with a touch of espionage and even a little romance It is 1917 and WWI has been going on for three, long years Almost every family in Britain has been touched by loss and this includes Kate Cartwright, whose brother was recently killed Kate is working as a code breaker, when she is asked by Captain Sir Mansfield Smith Cumming known as C and Head of the Secret Intelligence Service to take up the offer of a visit to Black Water Abbey, home of Lord and Lady Highmount, on Black Water Island a remote island off the coast of Devon She had, initially, refused the suggestion, even though her parents were visiting, as she was once engaged to Reginald Highmount, recently also killed in the war, along with his brother The invitation had also included her fianc , Rolleston Miller White, but this relationship has also broken down As well as the awkward discomfort about her personal relationships, Kate is unwilling to attend the winter solstice at Black Water Abbey, knowing that the purpose for the visit includes two guests involved with spiritualism Although Kate can, herself, see spirits, she has no sympathy with s ances However, when told that some Top Secret Plans have recently been taken from Lord Highmount, an arms manufacturer, and ended up in German hands, she knows she has no choice Accompanying her, and Rolleston to the island, is Captain Donovan, masquerading as Miller White s man, but really there as all of the guests now at the island were also present when the plans were stolen Donovan and Kate need to join forces to keep Lord Highmount safe and protect sensitive documents.All of the guests seem to have a motive for wishing Lord Highmount ill many of which involve his production of weapons and the carnage wreaked by the war The storm tossed island, with its assorted cast of possible suspects give a good sense of atmosphere This is, in places, a little busy in terms of plot There are secret passages, bad weather, an island cut off from outside help andthan a touch of mystery at every turn and that is not mentioning the stream of spirits that seem to surround Kate I liked Kate and Donovan, though, and hope they return in further adventures, as I feel they haveto offer I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review


  6. Umut Rados Umut Rados says:

    I was expecting a spooky ghost story from this book as the cover promises, but I was let down.It s a normal crime book, which takes place in a remote house And there are ghosts, but they didn t have much to do with the story.It took a lot of effort to understand who is who at the beginning of the book, as the writer used names, surnames alternating It was very confusing.It says there s a crime, but crime didn t happen until 70% of the book And the whole thing together with the wrap up was a b I was expecting a spooky ghost story from this book as the cover promises, but I was let down.It s a normal crime book, which takes place in a remote house And there are ghosts, but they didn t have much to do with the story.It took a lot of effort to understand who is who at the beginning of the book, as the writer used names, surnames alternating It was very confusing.It says there s a crime, but crime didn t happen until 70% of the book And the whole thing together with the wrap up was a bit silly I got bored as well in the middle, was hard to continue.So, I wouldn t recommend this as a ghost mystery, or even as a mystery


  7. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    You have to work very hard to make a book that includes an eerie house on an island, a multitude of ghosts, people who can see said ghosts, a spy network, WW 1, and a seance during a storm, dull and boring And this book worked very hard to do just that


  8. Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) says:

    I listened to this novel on audio via my local library s BorrowBox service A historical crime novel filled with a mysterious house and spooky ghosts SIGN ME UPAfter hearing so many mixed reviews about the lack of scares, I was a little worried going into A House Of Ghosts But I can say with my hand on my heart, that the audiobook made me shiver and kept me edge of my seat excited for the plot twists thrown throughout Set during the final years of WW1, main character Kate arrives at Blackwat I listened to this novel on audio via my local library s BorrowBox service A historical crime novel filled with a mysterious house and spooky ghosts SIGN ME UPAfter hearing so many mixed reviews about the lack of scares, I was a little worried going into A House Of Ghosts But I can say with my hand on my heart, that the audiobook made me shiver and kept me edge of my seat excited for the plot twists thrown throughout Set during the final years of WW1, main character Kate arrives at Blackwater Abbey based off the coast of Devon after being invited to attend a spiritualist gathering The Lord Highmount is trying hard to contact his two missing sons that had been lost on the battlefield Each of the guests invited all arrive with hidden secrets and during a fierce storm, a terrible accident happens But with one event comes manyand soon, someone will end up dead.The novel is split into two POVs Kate and Donovan Both of them turn detective as they try to work out which guests are up to foul play I enjoyed both of those perspectives and how they worked well together as a pair There were other plot elements such as ghosts Alice jumps for personal joy , secret passageways and good old detective fun It was a long listen, a little slow and at times, I did lose track of some of the extended cast of guests I loved the narrator, he was atmospheric and his speech was clear to understand If you like Christie s Poirot with a hint of horror, this is for you


  9. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    A House of Ghosts is a shiver inducing beautifully written and immersive story think Agatha Christie meets M.R James but done in Mr Ryan s own indomitable style, which if you ve read The Constant Soldier you ll know is pretty damn fine.Its a perfectly pitched mystery, set in wartime, a place and time the author brings to descriptively vivid life The story itself is most excellent, spies and nefarious goings on, in a haunted house cut off by a storm where nobody is being entirely honest.Our A House of Ghosts is a shiver inducing beautifully written and immersive story think Agatha Christie meets M.R James but done in Mr Ryan s own indomitable style, which if you ve read The Constant Soldier you ll know is pretty damn fine.Its a perfectly pitched mystery, set in wartime, a place and time the author brings to descriptively vivid life The story itself is most excellent, spies and nefarious goings on, in a haunted house cut off by a storm where nobody is being entirely honest.Our two main protagonists, Kate and Donovan are wonderfully drawn and highly engaging plus ghosts Yes well, it is a house full of them and not necessarily of the other worldly kind.I loved it, from the claustrophobic and literally haunted setting to the intelligent mystery elements and all the way to the terror filled finale Oh and there s some thought provoking truths about that time in our history thrown in for good measure A story with many layers which is overwhelmingly entertaining throughout.Lots of brownie points for this one Don t be scared The dead can t hurt the living can they Highly Recommended


  10. Kat Kat says:

    I bought this book because I m familiar with the previous works of William Ryan and I loved the cover but also because I am a huge fan of stories where people are traped in a house, with bad weather and a mystery going on and I wasn t disappointed I really enjoyed reading this book The mystery was good, I liked the main characters Donovan and Kate as personalities also the dynamic between them and the romance was delightful If William Ryan decides to write another book with them I would happi I bought this book because I m familiar with the previous works of William Ryan and I loved the cover but also because I am a huge fan of stories where people are traped in a house, with bad weather and a mystery going on and I wasn t disappointed I really enjoyed reading this book The mystery was good, I liked the main characters Donovan and Kate as personalities also the dynamic between them and the romance was delightful If William Ryan decides to write another book with them I would happily follow their adventures


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