Synopsis: Many years ago, soldiers entered a remote English village called Imber and forced every inhabitant out. It remains abandoned . . .
Each winter, on one night only, Imber’s former residents return to visit loved ones buried in the overgrown churchyard. But this year, something has gone wrong. Secrets are surfacing, putting all who come near Imber in danger. And only one man can help.
Notorious ghost hunter Harry Price has reluctantly reunited with his former assistant Sarah Grey. Once, she worshipped Harry, but their relationship has recently soured. Harry knows that Sarah could be the key to unlocking the mystery of Imber, but will her involvement in the case be the undoing of them both?
My review: I really enjoyed ‘Ghost Hunters’ the first book in this series so was delighted that the author is doing more. This one is full of twists and turns and doesn’t let up right from the beginning as Harry Price and Sarah Grey go off on yet another adventure to debunk spiritual happenings.
One thing I do like is how nothing is 100% debunked though and while the majority of events in this story boil down to the dastardly do-ings of man there’s still just a few things that can’t be explained away by science.
The story (based on real life events and a real village) of Imber is fascinating and makes me long for a bit of a road trip down to Wiltshire to see it myself. And for me, that’s one of the signs of a good book setting. Do I want to go? Even with the scary ones. And I’m all for going to go scare myself in an abandoned village.
Plot wise the relationship between Harry and Sarah is strained with mistrust. As per usual Price knows far more than he’s letting on. I do wonder why she sticks around someone who is not really that likeable and very good at upsetting people but as she says herself ‘he’s famous worldwide’ (a bit paraphrased). Or as is mentioned elsewhere in the book she’s curious…and curious enough to put up with him.
It’s quite a pacy read, the main bulk of events take place over a very short space of time. The characters are really well drawn and for the most part likeable. I’m not entirely sure I’d get on with the real Harry Price but that’s a personal thing and doesn’t detract from the book. In fact I enjoy it when others take him down a peg or two.
Overall another brilliant read.
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