Help for the Haunted by John Searles

help for the hauntedPublished by William Morrow, September 2013 ****

Sylvie is in a tough spot (understatement!): not only have her demonologist parents been murdered, but she may be the only eye-witness. After accusing one man, she begins questioning what she really saw the night her parents were gunned down. So she revisits her own memories and tracks down others who may have insight into her parents’ unusual careers.

I liked Sylvie as a narrator because she was so intelligent, but her predicament also emphasizes how unreliable memory can be. It’s easy to doubt her, and everyone else involved seem untrustworthy in some aspects. I appreciated the amount of tension the narrative had; it wasn’t overtly scary but there was an intensity to the story. There weren’t scenes you might expect considering the premise – no exorcisms, no encounters with malevolent spirits. I felt the conclusion that revealed the true culprit was a bit of a cop-out, but I like the way it called into doubt Sylvie’s parents’ claims. The truth is a hard thing to reconcile and I enjoyed the way Sylvie took it upon herself to find answers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program

One response to “Help for the Haunted by John Searles

  1. Intense but not too scary is just the way I like my thrillers🙂

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