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The Ghost House (The Annie Graham series - Book 1)

The Ghost House (The Annie Graham series - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Phifer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force.

When she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more.

What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town?

Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim – but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected.

Shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award 2014

Praise for Helen Phifer

'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading

'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing début from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers

Don't miss the brilliant sequel: The Secrets of the Shadows

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2977 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Carina (2 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling debut 6 Oct 2013
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I don't normally read books with supernatural elements but this one is fabulous. Past and present interweave and all the characters are well portrayed. I haven't read Catherine Cookson, but her name kept popping into my mind as I read the story from the past. From the beginning I was hooked, the pace was fast and it was full of suspense. I really recommend this. I read it in two sittings and am already looking forward to Helen's next book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ghost house by helen phifer 3 Oct 2013
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If you love suspense then this is the book for you, gruesome in parts hilarious in others although I don't think I will be visiting the Abbey any time soon!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-chillingly brilliant! 10 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was gripped by The Ghost House from the absolute beginning when Annie Graham began exploring the old mansion in Abbey Woods where her brother was the caretaker.

She found far more than she bargained for though, when a ghostly voice scared the living daylights out of her. She escaped back to her brother's house, determined never to set foot in the eerie old house again when she remembered grabbing an old leather bound book that she had been flicking through and stuffing it into her bag before she ran out.

She found it and realised that she had taken a journal which had been written by a housemaid, Alice Hughes, who had lived more than a hundred years previously in the manor house in the woods.

The story then flashes back between the late 19th century and the present day, with the diary of Alice, helping illustrate the story of the house in Abbey Woods and it's inhabitants, which holds the most terrible and gruesome secrets.

Whilst Annie is delving into the secrets of the mansion that she feels inexplicably drawn to, a young girl has disappeared in their town, and the police fear that time is running out to find her safe and well. As the death toll rises, they realise they are dealing with a serial killer who is very much on the loose, and he seems to have his sights set on Annie to be his spectacular finale.

The Ghost House is an incredibly gripping tale, full of spine chilling mystery and suspense (and a lovely romance!)

I absolutely loved to read Alice's tale and the flashbacks of the 19th century, as harrowing and heartbreaking as the were, and felt her fear and heartbreak as though it were a true story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 Oct 2013
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I read this book in a couple of hours. I could not put it down a MUST read
Brilliantly written
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost House 3 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not normally a reader as i get very easily lost and confused, but this book converted me. The story was gripping and made me want to keep reading to see what happened next. It is well written and easy to keep track of who's who etc. I would definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading more by Helen Phifer :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly needs an editor! 17 July 2014
By becky
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this on the kindle store because the outline of the story intrigued me. Less than 24 hours later I had requested a refund for the product. Whilst the story sounds interesting the writing style of this author is abysmal. The book is littered with mistakes and the sentence structure adopted and use of grammar is reminiscent of a school pupil writing their first story. There were no commas where they were needed and apostrophes where they did not belong to name a few errors. Disappointed that this book is available to buy from Amazon as it falls short of the edited standard one should expect from a published piece of work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have been five stars 27 July 2014
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The first thing to say about this novel is that I love the cover. It really does lead you into the book and you're immediately longing to know what's through those gates, while at the same time being a little afraid of what you'll find.
This is Helen's debut novel and a gripping read it is, too. I honestly couldn't put it down, desperate to know what was going to happen next.
Police officer Annie Graham is not your typical heroine. She's recovering from a very nasty injury and has been wounded both physically and emotionally at the start of this book. Recovering at her brother's house while he is away, she becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding the old house that he is caretaker of and, at the same time, finds herself in the middle of a missing person investigation that rapidly becomes more sinister. With ghosts, two serial killers and a medium bearing messages of warning, it's lucky for Annie that she has such good friends who are willing to look out for her. A budding romance with one of her colleagues brings some respite from the tension, although both Annie and her new love are in increasing danger.
As past and present collide, a horrific revelation and a gruesome discovery leads to a terrifying confrontation and a life-or-death struggle.
I honestly loved the story and thought it merited five stars, but the editing really let it down. If you are looking for a real page-turner and can overlook the punctuation errors and the annoying TM signs then I'd say go for it. Put it this way, I will be reading the sequel because, although the author has been let down here, she can certainly tell a gripping yarn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book was recommended for a book club meeting and as such is not one I would normally go for (the point of book clubs I guess!). The basis of the storyline is ok, but if I'm honest could really have done without the ghost element. A story about Annie, her ex, Henry, Jake and Will would have made a more tangible story, and would have been good - the diary writing from Alice's point of view was poor, not well written at all: it felt like a stab at historic writing rather than researched. Putting the word "for" in repeatedly does not make historic writing...(I scrubbed the floor, for that is my job, I went to bed, for I was tired, I ate breakfast for I was hungry...) it was just irritating. There were also some silly unrealistic decisions made by the heroine which actually removed tension rather than created it (told to stay in and lock all the doors by the police, a murderer being on her doorstep, she thought she saw a ghost so took the dog out for a!) I read it for the book club, but is probably not a book I would recommend to others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I wish I had read the reviews properly before I purchased this book on Kindle. Lesson learnt - always download a sample first. I only managed to read a few pages. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Nancynoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
was ok.
Published 15 hours ago by mandi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book.
Published 5 days ago by matteush13
4.0 out of 5 stars A darn good story, well written and a little bit scary!
This is the first book I read on my Kindle...never heard of the author before but was very pleasantly surprised how I immediately liked her characters and her style of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kindlefan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost house
Brill read .enjoyed it.quite hooked on annie graham series.kept me quiet my husband said.would read it again. Started my next one
Published 9 days ago by Rebecca Brash
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put this book down
After turning the first page I was hooked. Can not wait to start the next book. Fantastic read thank you
Published 9 days ago by Karen snarski
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Thought I would read this novel as I too originate from Barrow in Furness unfortunately this is one of the most badly written novels I have ever read. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Elaine Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars A rip-roaring story. Brilliant.
What a great story. I loved it.
There were times I totally lost myself in the plot to the point I was sat in a hospital waiting room and had lost 20 minutes, I was sure I must... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Highland Hedgewitch
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless
Total rubbish and a waste of time and money. Very poorly written. Jumps about with maddening frequency.
Published 14 days ago by Clive Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Sounded OK going by the synopsis but is a bit of a let down.The writing is simple but full of grammatical errors. Read more
Published 15 days ago by M. Paton
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