Today I have a review of Got Ghosts, a spooky little novella from author Fiona Glass. My thanks to the author who provided a copy of the book fore review. Let’s take a quick look at what it’s all about.
About the Book
Haunted manor house Greystones Hall is filled to the brim with ghosts. It’s also falling to bits, and artist owner Emily doesn’t have the money to refurbish the place. When the makers of hit tv show ‘Got Ghosts?’ offer to pay for a weekend’s filming there she jumps at the chance, even though she and her ghostly grandfather Gramps have reservations. The reservations seem to be misplaced when the film crew swing into action, and producer Carl turns out to be dark, handsome and very available.
But Emily soon starts to have doubts about the methods they use, which Carl won’t discuss. Then the show’s resident medium Stella stirs up a new and malevolent spirit, revealing a dark secret at the heart of the house that has been hidden for centuries. And when Emily’s own safety is threatened, together with that of her ghosts and her beloved Gramps, will it be Carl who comes to the rescue, or someone much more unexpected?
Ha. You always wonder with a novella, being a short tale in itself, whether it will manage to hit all the elements you want in a story and whether it will be quite enough. Well in some respects the answer to the second question is no as this was such a great tale I could probably have read more, specifically about Emily and her haunted house and its former residents. As for the first part of the question – did it hit the spot – that is a resounding yes.
Now I don’t want to say too much ab out the plot as the blurb tells you all you need to know, but this is a book which not only contains a ghostly cast, and a deep rooted mystery but also a little bit of cheeky romance and a good dose of humour. I loved the tongue in cheek way some of the scenes played out, the evidence of Emily’s ‘gift’ in being able to see the ghosts that perhaps others didn’t notice quite so much, and the underlying plot of growing malevolence as the spirits became disturbed. But as to whether that was due to the presence of the film crew or something else you will have to read to find out.
The characters in this book were great and I quickly grew to like Emily, distrust others and see the slow build of the unhappy spirits and unrest within the house. The centre of the story is not as obvious as you might expect but certainly there is a nod to TV series such as Most Haunted notably the scepticism with which you watch the discovery of ‘orbs’ and ‘cold spots’ in their various settings, the not quite believable experts on the ‘Supernatural’ and the producers you suspect have more than the presentation of fact on their mind. All in all this book both kept me hooked and racing through, as the pacing is strong and compels you onward, but also had me smiling from start to finish too. Yes it is capable of chills and darkness, but by god if this doesn’t make you chuckle and smile in parts too then I’d be very surprised.
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About the Author
Fiona has always been passionate about history. She studied Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology at Liverpool University, and her favourite authors include Dorothy Dunnett, Mary Renault, Mary Stewart, and Daphne du Maurier. She particularly loves anything that weaves different time periods together (such as du Maurier’s The House on the Strand) or introduces an element of the supernatural (Stewart’s Thornyhold or The Ivy Tree). Her own writing reflects this, often focussing on how the past sends echoes into the present.
Her two paranormal romance novels (both now out of publication) explore the world of ghosts and/or the slippage of time. In Roses in December a soldier wounded in Northern Ireland recuperates in a convalescent home with a beautiful garden where past and present inhabitants collide to startling effect. In Gleams of a Remoter World, a paranormal journalist uncovers dark and shocking truths about a family in Ireland during the First World War when he’s sent to investigate a haunted, ruined church.
Fiona’s short stories sometimes pick up on the same themes, but also include a wider range of genres from science-fiction to crime, with a bit of romance thrown in. Many of her stories have been published in anthologies, magazines and online, most recently with the Library of Rejected Beauty, Fox Spirit, Riptide Publishing, In Flight Literary Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Pulp Metal Magazine, and Paragraph Planet.
Fiona’s comic paranormal romance novella Got Ghosts?, about a TV company filming at a haunted house, is available from Fox Spirit now, and she’s currently working on a novel featuring yet more ghosts and her own family history of jet-carving.
Fiona lives in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses…) of England’s largest lake, and when she isn’t scribbling she enjoys gardening, photography, and anything to do with history. She rarely has her nose far from the pages of a good book – or a cup of tea!