My mother in law has always been a big fan of author Rosie Goodwin, this is in part due to Rosie being a local woman (Nuneaton), but also because the books that she writes really seem to appeal to my mum in law, as many of them are also locally set.
My mum in law has started lending said books to me, with me receiving them with varying degrees of success, I liked the period set books, but due to the author being a social worker in her former life, many of the newer books are based around abuse of differing kinds, which to be fair I don't enjoy reading about!
After the last book she lent me literally turned my stomach I stated that unless the book was child abuse free I didn't want it, so when this book came my way I was quietly hopeful that his subject matter would be excluded!
The book in question is Rosie Goodwin's newest release - "Whispers".
After Jess's beloved Grandmother passed away she was astounded that she was left with such a large amount of money, they had always lived comfortably with her since her parents had been killed, but didn't expect the amount of money she was bequeathed.
Jess decided this would be the making of her family, with her husband Simon, fresh from his newest affair, and her daughters, sunny Jo and sullen teenager Mel, moving house and getting away from the recent past seemed the ideal choice.
When viewing "Stonebridge house", even in it's run down state, she felt the house was calling her, and immediately decided to buy, even though he rest of the family weren't at all keen!
Once renovations have started Jess feels that there maybe more to this house than she first thought, and when the houses past starts coming to light, she wonders if she may have bitten off more than she could chew, but still the house seems to need her, and when the children start suffering with nightmares, and unexplained events start happening, Jess begins to question her own sanity........
I have to say the book started off beautifully, there was a tangible sense of foreboding that seemed to increase in intensity as the book went along, with there being some sort of presence within the walls, but no explanation as to what or who it could possibly be.
Upon discovering a journal by a maid that lived there in the 1830's, you then get a double layered book, that dips in between the present day and the events that will eventually explain the so called "haunting" that seem to be taking place, this is usually undertaken a chapter about, with the journal entry being written first and then the chapter is written from the journal owners perspective, with the character being a 17 year old girl called Martha.
2/3's of the book was a sensational read, with the present being almost as fraught as the past, with unexplained accidents occurring, with the ever sullen Mel seemingly really suffering with a problem that her mother just can't seem to get to the bottom of.
The last 1/3 of the book to me was terribly upsetting, with there being huge tragedy's occurring, and the aforementioned problem I have with some of these books rearing it's ugly head, though again shockingly so!
This was a book that held so much potential for me, a wonderfully chilling ghosty book, that promised so much, but to be fair left me feeling rather miserable at the conclusion, though I would recommend that you try it for yourselves, It may have left me behind due to certain scene's within he book leaving me feeling cold towards it and the characters!
The characters themselves are again beautifully written, very believable, with me at times feeling desperately sorry or extremely angry with them, and this was the reaction to characters from both time frames!
This was a good book to start with but lost me a little towards he end!
Price wise this is available for £11.99 via www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x