Military historian Luke Alcott leaps at the chance to live in the seventeenth-century country mansion of Eelmoor Hall, home of the Royal Military School of Medicine, after being offered a job cataloging the school’s archives. Luke believes he chose the perfect place to start a new life and put his broken past behind him. But soon after settling into the old house, he hears strange noises—like footsteps—and he begins to suffer from terrible nightmares.
The only person Luke can turn to for help is the taciturn caretaker, Jay, a veteran of the Afghanistan war who carries an old battle wound. Together they try to understand Eelmoor Hall’s history and decipher what could be causing the haunting. As the weather grows colder and snow dusts the countryside, a child goes missing. Luke needs to deal with his own demons and learn to trust in love again if he hopes to face down the angry spirit and find the missing girl.
I’m just not sure what to make of this one, over all I enjoyed it. However, it took a bit to get into the swing of things.
We flip from past to present and your not really sure it’s happening until the story isn’t making scene, then your like oh, he’s talking to Jay again.
It’s written as a diary almost, of Luke’s time at this Manor home. And it’s being written in ‘real time’ so the whole story is Luke telling us of his ‘past’ experiences at the home, leading up to the job and what happened after. He’s telling us it’s Jay’s idea, almost like therapy.
On the whole, I liked Jay and Luke, they had a good team. Discovering what was bump in the night and helping it settle down.
And the bits we found out about them made them more real in the long run.
I was expecting something different when reading the blurb, and having never read this author before not sure if this is the style of just this book.
I’ll be a little more cautious if I pick up this authors work again, though. Too much ‘boo’ and drama and not enough real life for me. But it was well written and well edited and both of those go a long way these days.