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The Silence of Ghosts
on 9 August 2015
I’ve read a few of this author’s works over the years, and they’re always rather chilling and ghastly. In this book, we read the journal from 1940 of Dominic Lancaster, son of a well-to-do family, who is injured and loses a leg in the course of the Second World War and is invalided together with his deaf sister Octavia to a family home by the Lakes. There he strikes up a relationship with his nurse Rose, but their days start to be haunted by apparitions, apparently directing their energies through Octavia.
Although this is not a large book (a little over 200 pages) it does take a while to wind itself up to a level of menace and suspense. The first part of the book is largely place- and people-setting, but this is necessary to get the right tone for the book once the ‘spooky’ tone of the narrative starts.
This is a great read; another great spooky story by Aycliffe, which I read from beginning to end riveted to the story as it unfolded. Definitely recommended; if you enjoy a good spooky thriller then you will love this; if you haven’t read any by Aycliffe before I can thoroughly recommend his works, including Naomi’s Room, The Vanishment, and Whispers in the Dark.