I am thrilled to announce that for today’s Thursday give away, I have managed to get my hands on an advance copy of Simone St. James’s upcoming novel, An Inquiry Into Love and Death.
Here’s the official blurb:
In 1920’s England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost…
Oxford student Jillian Leigh works day and night to keep up with her studies—so to leave at the beginning of the term is next to impossible. But after her uncle Toby, a renowned ghost hunter, is killed in a fall off a cliff, she must drive to the seaside village of Rothewell to pack up his belongings.
Almost immediately, unsettling incidents—a book left in a cold stove, a gate swinging open on its own—escalate into terrifying events that convince Jillian an angry spirit is trying to enter the house. Is it Walking John, the two-hundred-year-old ghost who haunts Blood Moon Bay? And who beside the ghost is roaming the local woods at night? If Toby uncovered something sinister, was his death no accident?
The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers—and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction. Even as she suspects someone will do anything to hide the truth, she begins to discover spine-chilling secrets that lie deep within Rothewell…and at the very heart of who she is.
I cannot praise this book– and the author’s previous novel, The Haunting of Maddy Clare— highly enough. They’re for anyone who loves classic ghost stories a la The Uninvited, or 1920s set novels in general. They are both beautifully written and creepily evocative without being the least bit gory– real hair curling on the back of your neck stuff.
So, for a chance to win an advance copy of An Inquiry Into Love and Death, here’s your question:
What’s your favorite ghost story/haunting novel?
The winner will be announced on Sunday. An Inquiry Into Love and Death comes out next Tuesday, March 5th.