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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (19 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007280785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007280780
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.

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'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.' Sunday Times

‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
Woman’s Realm

‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
Frank Delaney

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

From the Back Cover

The past isn't always dead or buried…

When Joss Grant, adopted at birth, inherits Belheddon Hall – a beautyful old house on the East Anglian coast – it is like a dream come true. Eager to begin a new life there with Luke, her husband, and Tom, her small son, she is also impatient to find out about her newly discovered family who lived there for generations.

But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence, watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? Or is she imagining them? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon's tragic and dramatic history, her fear grows very real, for she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy which seems beyond anyone's control.

"Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell"
FRANK DELANEY

"Vivid, romantic and deliciously scary…Erskine at her storytelling best"
LIVING

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written novel about a haunted manor in the English countryside. It is the story of a young, married woman, Jocelyn Grant, who inherits that country manor, Belheddon Hall, from her biological mother whom she never knew, as she had been put up for adoption a few months after her birth. Jocelyn, her husband, Luke, and her young son, Tom, happily move into the house, despite having heard warnings from the local townspeople that there is something quite odd about the house.
That happiness, however, soon turns to dread, as Jocelyn and her family begin to hear the laughter of young boys echoing throughout the house, as well as see physical manifestations of a knight in armour. Moreover, the scent of roses, at times, permeates the house, and someone or something keeps leaving white roses strewn throughout Belheddon Hall.
Jocelyn also begins to hear a ghostly voice calling out to someone named Katherine and finds herself being sensuously touched by someone other than her husband; someone whom she does not see, until it is too late. Her son, Tom, often sees an apparition, whom he refers to as the "tin man", and wakes up with bruises all over his body. Her fear is compounded when she realizes that no male heir has ever lived to inherit Belheddon Hall, and that the house has come down to her by strict, matrilineal descent.
Understanding the implications of her realization, and by now having two young sons about which to worry, she fights against the disbelief of her husband to combat the evil that lies at the root of the strange and frightening happenings at the Hall. How this is accomplished, and the story brought to its chilling climax, is what keeps the reader riveted to the very end. The book is absolutely gripping. Bravo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on 9 Oct 2008
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Given the praise heaped upon it, I was looking forward to reading this book. Although the writing was undeniably good in places (there were several times when my skin did crawl, I admit that much), frankly I was immensely disappointed. The plot was hardly original and I had flashbacks to all those made-for-tv b-movies which are inoffensively cheesy but daft all the same.I found it impossible to engage with any of the main characters, in particular the immensely unlikeable Joss, who seemed to be permanently pregnant or breastfeeding or both. When the local psychic rides into town it bordered on pantomime. Although it was overall quite a pedestrian storyline, the quality of writing helped the climax build well towards the end, so it did start to improve just as the story began winding up. Overall, I would rate this as lightweight and likeable in the great tradition of good holiday reading, but no grand opus.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Bishop on 14 May 2006
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Erskine at her best, compulsive read, you won't be able to put it down, though at times your to scared to carry on reading! This book has it all, love, mystery, suspense, intrigue & so much more! You will be looking into dark corners & jumping at the slightest noise in the night, gets your imagination racing. The research she puts into her books is astounding, one of our top authors, if you have never read Barara Erskine you don't know what your missing! Give her a go, you won't regreat it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 2000
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After the other books by Ms Erskine, I did not think her writing could get any better but she has proven us wrong I thoroughly enjoyed House of Echoes from beginning to end. The story of Joss who inherits Belheddon Hall from a mother she never knew. All that Joss knows about the house is that two young brothers died there many years ago, but local townspeople whisper darkly of a curse on both the house and Joss's family. Joss and her husband and small son Tom move in, thinking the house is an end to all their troubles, but little do they know they are just about to begin, Joss start's to hear the laughter of two small boys and her son Tom start's too go into hysterics at the sight of a tin man. Intrigued from beginning to end this is a book that can be read again and again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on 22 Mar 2006
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This book was the first i have read by Barbara Erskine and since then i have read all the others. It is absolutely excellant in every way, i was gripped from start to finish and was really sad when i had turned the last page and it was over, although i found it hard to turn the light off for fear that there was someone in the corner of my room.
Everyone should read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "faeries2003" on 11 Mar 2006
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This was such a fantastic book, the first i have ever read by this author and it certainly will not be the last!!!!!
This book had it all mystery, suspense, heart stopping, exitement and i could go on and on, i read this book in a day and a half as i couldnt put it down, that when you know its a good book!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sandraconlin on 15 Feb 2005
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This is the first Barbara Erskine book I have read and it certainly wont be the last. I read this book from cover to cover in six hours as I couldnt put it down. It follows the story of Joss - adopted as a baby, who inherits an old mansion from her birth mother. There are so many legends and stories about the house - it's only a matter of time before Joss starts seeing and hearing things. This book is so spellbinding you wont want to put it down. i would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural/suspense/mystery books
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