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Deadlight Hall : A Haunted House Mystery
by Sarah Rayne


Overview - A long-ago crime continues to menace the present in this spine-chilling tale of supernatural suspense.

When Michael Flint is asked by a colleague to investigate a reputedly haunted house, he is intrigued. Leo Rosendale's childhood was blighted by a macabre tragedy in the grim Deadlight Hall - a tragedy that occurred towards the end of World War II, involving a set of twins who vanished.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A long-ago crime continues to menace the present in this spine-chilling tale of supernatural suspense.

When Michael Flint is asked by a colleague to investigate a reputedly haunted house, he is intrigued. Leo Rosendale's childhood was blighted by a macabre tragedy in the grim Deadlight Hall - a tragedy that occurred towards the end of World War II, involving a set of twins who vanished. The fate of Sophie and Susannah Reiss was never discovered, and Leo has never been able to forget them.

When Michael, together with his fiancee Nell, begins to explore Deadlight Hall's history, he discovers that in the 1880s another pair of sisters vanished from the house - and that there may also be much older and darker secrets lurking within its walls.

As Michael and Nell gradually peel back the sinister layers of the Hall's unhappy past, they are unprepared for the eerie and threatening resonances they encounter - nor for the shocking truth of what took place there one long-ago midnight.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780727884718
  • ISBN-10: 0727884719
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 4.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Nell West and Michael Flint Haunted House Story #2

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Books > Fiction > Horror - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

The very accessible fifth novel in Rayne's neo-gothic haunted house series (after What Lies Beneath) hits highs in plot and writing, with a well-balanced mix of emotions including humor, poignancy, and the macabre. When Oxford professor and children's book author Michael Flint is approached by his colleague Leo about the titular old house and the dark memories associated with it, Flint and his paramour, antiques dealer Nell West, set off to discover the building's true history. Nell and Michael are largely bystanders, as the majority of the action takes place in the past (revealed in historical documents and letters), but readers will be too caught up in the story to miss them. The house's sordid history covers everything from Victorian penal conditions and child labor to Nazi spies and Holocaust survivors, and while some of the fates are just gruesome (there are multiple immolations), several are genuinely tragic. As always, Michael's cat, Wilberforce, provides some lighter moments, this time wreaking havoc with painters and photographers. Michael and Nell's ever-evolving relationship also provides a nice contrast to the sorrows they discover in their research. Rayne's able pacing ties together all the historical and contemporary threads in a satisfying conclusion. (Apr.)

 
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