When Oxford don Michael Flint travels to the house to trace the origins of the long-dead Choir, he is at once aware of the house's eerie menace. Read more...
When Oxford don Michael Flint travels to the house to trace the origins of the long-dead Choir, he is at once aware of the house's eerie menace. Who is the shadowy young man who lurks in the grounds, and why does his exact likeness appear in a sketch from 1917? What is the strange whispering that echoes through the corridors? And why is Luisa so afraid when a storm makes it necessary for Michael to spend the night inside the house?
Back in Oxford, when Nell West uncovers the story of the infamous 1917 'Holzminden sketch' - the lost, legendary drawing from World War I - a dark fragment of the past begins to stir. A fragment that Michael, in the lonely old house, may not be able to resist.
- ISBN-13: 9780727883636
- ISBN-10: 0727883631
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers
- Publish Date: May 2014
- Page Count: 235
- Dimensions: 8.78 x 5.86 x 0.95 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.97 pounds
Series: Nell West and Michael Flint Haunted House Story #2
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Rayne’s fourth Flint and West ghost story (after The Silence) is another entertaining and largely standalone haunted house tale. While Oxford professor Michael Flint reads through old journals at remote Fosse House for a music history work he’s coauthoring, he discovers that his host, Luisa Gilmore, is sometimes visited by a long-dead soldier. In Oxford, Flint’s partner, antiques dealer Nell West, researches parallel stories, learning the tales of Russian thieves, disfigured choir singers, and others during WWI. Rayne keeps her protagonists separated more than usual, and much of the story is told through the journals that Flint is reading, which help to develop a variety of solid and distinct narrative voices. As always, the horror is more of the M.R. James variety than the Stephen King variety (atmospheric creepiness rather than boogeymen), but that doesn’t reduce the sense of palpable danger. Rayne lightens but doesn’t undercut the tension with tales of Wilberforce, Flint’s mischievous cat. Fans of ghost stories will continue to appreciate these supernatural investigations. (May)