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The Ghost Hunters [Kindle Edition]

Neil Spring
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England.

The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hunter. Equal parts brilliant and charming, neurotic and manipulative, Harry has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England's many 'false hauntings', and never has he left a case unsolved, nor a fraud unexposed.

So when Harry and Sarah are invited to Borley Rectory - a house so haunted objects frequently fly through the air unbidden, and locals avoid the grounds for fear of facing the spectral nun that walks there - they're sure that this case will be just like any other. But when night falls and still no artifice can be found, the ghost hunters are forced to confront an uncomfortable truth: the ghost of Borley Rectory may be real and, if so, they're about to make its most intimate acquaintance.

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'Surprising, serpentine and clever' The Sunday Times.

'A deft, spooky psychological drama based on a true story' Eithne Farry, The Daily Mail.

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1926, London. My name is Sarah Grey. I knew of Harry Price before I became his trusted assistant. He was notorious - London's greatest ghost hunter. Working alongside Harry meant devoting myself to his work, leaving behind my past - and I trusted him. I knew of Borley Rectory, too, before I visited it with Harry - supposedly the most haunted house in England. I knew there was no such thing as phantoms; the many witnesses must be mad, or lying. I knew I could visit Borley Rectory without fear, return without harm. These are the things I thought I knew. I now understand the true meaning of terror.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2782 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (24 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 (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Neil Spring is novelist, entrepreneur and Senior Communications Manager for the John Lewis Partnership.

He has a lifelong interest in the paranormal and unexplained. During a visit to the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature at Senate House, Bloomsbury, he discovered a wealth of material which provided the inspiration and basis for his first novel, The Ghost Hunters.

Neil holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Somerville College, Oxford University, where he wrote a thesis on the significance of paranormal events. He is Welsh and lives in London.

Neil's debut novel, The Ghost Hunters, was recently optioned for TV adaptation by Bentley Productions, part of All3Media, who produce Midsomer Murders.

Neil is currently writing his second novel, based on unexplained events during the Cold War.


Equally serpentine and surprising in its plotting, Neil Spring's The Ghost Hunters resurrects the real-life figure of Harry Price, a psychic investigator from the inter-war years, who made Borley Rectory in Essex briefly famous as "the most haunted house in England" . Spring tells his clever tale in the voice of the fictional Sarah Grey, Price's assistant, who is obsessed by the charismatic ghost-hunter and slowly unearths the truth lurking beneath the lies he has told about his life and work, before learning to her cost that, as the books epigraph states, "Of all ghosts, the ghosts of our old loves are the worst."

- Culture Magazine, The Sunday Times, 20th October 2013. (p.45)

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very uneven 7 Nov. 2013
This book is an imaginative account of the haunting of Borley Rectory, apparently "the most haunted house in England", and its investigation by ghost hunter, showman, charlatan (make up your own mind which) Harry Price. Set between the 1920s and the 40s, it takes us to a world where the relatives of those who fell in the First World War are exploited by false(?) mediums. These are hunted down in turn by the indefatigable Price. But Price has a problem. He is being supported and his "laboratory" accommodated by the Spiritualist movement, whose pet mediums he keeps debunking. So it may seem very convenient when an opportunity arises to investigate a serious haunting. Might Price (who was a real person), and his assistant, Sarah Grey (who wasn't) encounter something much darker and much nastier than they expect?

Based on real events, the story is told, mainly, by Grey, in a dusty manuscript found years after the events it narrates. It has received lavish praise. But is it really any good? I don't like to have to dissent from the general positive tone of most reviews, but I had big problems with this story. I feel it's best seen as two different books, one rather mundane, the other more effective.

The first part, following what actually goes on at Borley, seemed rather plodding. Frankly, nothing much happens. Spring moves his characters to Borley and back, introduces a journalist, Vernon Wall (another real person) to inject some tension, and tries to animate a conflict between Wall, Price and Grey. It just didn't convince. For example, there is a scene where Wall leaves Borley for London and Grey apparently faces a choice - him or Price? That is referred back to repeatedly in the book and is apparently a key emotional episode to all three.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunted house fiction, with 'facts' at it heart 28 Nov. 2014
A slow and brooding mystery that builds to a satisfying conclusion.

This story mainly concentrates around Borley Rectory, once reputed to be the most haunted house in England, and combines certain facts with the author's unique fictional additions. It's told via the diary Sarah Grey (fictional), the assistant of Harry Price, a ghost hunter and a genuine person in his field.

The book starts with the introduction of this diary and continually weaves its tale to complete a full circle. And just when you think it's all wrapped up...the author extends the story that little bit more and leads it to quite the perfect conclusion. I won't spoil it, just say that it was an unexpected and nice, neat ending. All loose ends get tied.

Don't be fooled by thinking this is your usual summary of diary entries either, you know the sort where snippets of scaremongering and facts are rammed down your throat for effect. It's told incredibly well, and it brews nicely (occasionally for a little too long in places), plus it was fairly creepy without being dramatically graphic.

To be honest this story doesn't command your time, it deserves it. So be patient, don't expect massive thrills and spills - it's not that sort of book.

I really enjoyed it, so why only 4/5? Well, it could have been trimmed down, just a wee bit.

As that's my one and only criticism, I would happily recommend it to anyone that's interested in a traditional (but certainly not a cozy), haunted house mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost Hunters 26 May 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
In 1977 Dr Robert Caxton is given a portfolio of documents by John Wesley, the retiring curator of a collection of phenomenological objects. The documents narrate the story told by Sarah Grey. In 1926 Sarah Grey, who lost her father at the end of the Great War, finds herself visiting a spiritualist meeting with her mother, who for some reason of her own seems to be looking to get some sign from her departed husband. There she meets Harry Price, an investigator into spiritualist and psychic happenings. Shortly after, she is offered a job as Price’s assistant and takes it. By 1929, Sarah is relishing her role and the opportunities offered in it; but the remembrance of the letter she read on her first day regarding the haunting of Borley Rectory remains with her.

Much of the narrative of this book is focused around Borley Rectory; as the front cover of the book advises us the MOST HAUNTED HOUSE in England. Unfortunately, the hauntedness of this house was not in the least frightening, spooky, thrilling, worrying, scary, chilling or indeed even mildly startling. Things go bump in the night, misty figures scud across the lawn … That, coupled with rather clunky writing means that this book really fails in instilling in the reader any sense of suspense or tension. The narrative in the book takes place over several decades, and it’s hard to see why. The characters are rather flat and dull. Sadly, while this book has the germ of a great idea somewhere in it, overall the book has been over-sold and has vastly under-delivered. If you feel in an uncritical and ‘entertain me’ mood, then by all means read it. If you’re looking for something spooky, I’d recommend looking for something by Jonathan Aycliffe.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky! 19 Dec. 2013
The Ghost Hunters

This book must be read!
Being mainly about Borley Rectory, my girlfriend brought me this awesome novel as she knew I was interested in Borley and all that happened there. I have done many hours research on the place, with five visits there, all of which were strange to say the least. But I am certain that the supernatural exists there, parallel to this world.
This book gives a solid account of what might have happened there between the 1920's and 1940's. With interesting characters, some of which are real, you are transformed into the heart of the action, which is a thrilling and sometimes scary read with superb description and depth.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can honestly say that it is the best novel I have ever read! I could not sleep, thinking about the story, wanting to read on, the girlfriend regretted buying it as she could not sleep for my bedside lamp being on all night!
I have read the other reviews and I know this one isnt very well written, without many long words and terrible grammar, but it is the truth. I have never done a review before, but I honestly loved this book, I HIGHLY recommend it.
Thanks for reading my first, I am no longer a review virgin. BUY THIS BOOK!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Fast moving, Ghost story, ideal for winter nights.
No bad language and a really good story. I found this as I was replacing books on our library shelves and I was intrigued. It is an excellent ghost story. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jan Erlam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good review
Very compelling hard to put down would. Recommend to any true ghost fan would like to see more. From this auther
Published 1 month ago by SANDY. SANDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A fantastic read which gripped me from start to finish. The fascinating subject matter jumps off the page and grabs you through the perspective of a very well written lead... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bob S
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
I was bought this book for christmas simply because it looked scary. They had no idea that my childhood home is only 1 hour away from the site of Borley Rectory. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanises Harry Price
In the past I had known of Harry Price only as a publicity-courting charlatan — this fact-based novel succeeds in fleshing him out into a complex and deeply flawed man. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Friendly Dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A wonderful, thrilling and spooky read. It's gripping from start to finish. I look forward to Neil Spring's next book.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Law
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book utterly intriguing and was drawn in from Page l
I am a great lover of crime fiction, some novels well written and some less so. Then i was given The Ghost Hunters by

Neil Spring for Christmas. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liam Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story. Very well written and really enjoyed it.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen A. Evans.
5.0 out of 5 stars A story to read not just for Hallowe'en and Christmas...
A thoroughly enjoyable book, well-structured, easy to get lost within its pages and made me really want to believe in ghosts... Suitably spooky cover too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AnnieM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I just loved this book. Do not think about it! Delivered promptly too.
Published 3 months ago by Ned Jericho
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