Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think.
Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between – everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted.
One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly alone. Then Tom McAllister arrives – good-looking and fascinating, but dangerous. What he has to tell her could tear her whole world apart.
As Tom and Augusta become ever closer, they must face the question: is love enough to overcome the ghosts of the past?
In the end, Langlands House and its inhabitants hold more secrets than they did in the beginning…
I absolutely loved this haunting and absorbing read. It drew me in from the very first paragraph and held me in its spell right until the very final page.
A mysterious house, a curious set up and a compelling main character – these are some of the many reasons that I was so drawn to Ghost and why i’m so grateful to Kelly from @LoveBooksGroup for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. I love supporting books set in Scotland and the setting here was one of the most memorable aspects of Ghost as I really felt like I could imagine myself there at Langlands House with Augusta – the Gus – or ghost of the title.
Is anyone else like me and love to go online and look for settings of the book that they’re loving, to try and see its world come to life? I love doing it and I found myself scrolling through pages and pages of remote Scottish mansions, trying to walk in Augusta’s shoes.
It was lovely to lose myself in such a Scottish read after two weeks in the sun at Cettia. It’s funny that I get drawn to cold misty books in the cooler weather and like to lose myself in books set in a warm olive grove when I’m holidaying abroad. Augusta’s closed and mysterious world was just perfect for me to reacclimatise to Scotland and I really loved the way that Helen Grant draws the reader in and keeps them guessing about the secrecy and mystery surrounding Augusta and this made me turn the pages rapidly as I sought to uncover the mysteries of Langlands House for myself.
I loved the juxtaposition of the very realistic relationship that is portrayed between Augusta and her grandmother, despite the fact that we gradually realise that her grandmother is the only person in Augusta’s life – quite literally. The deftly portrayed relationship sits convincingly alongside some of the stranger elements of Augusta’s story which means that we allow ourselves to suspend our disbelief and abandon ourselves to Helen Grant’s skilful storytelling as she weaves a strange, compelling and mysterious take around these two isolated women.
I absolutely love atmospheric reads and this will appeal to fans of Rebecca and The Silent Companions who love being immersed in a closed world where creaking floorboards, crumbling turrets and unspoken questions tug at your subconscious as you’re reading. I got so lost in this story that I stayed up far too late to finish it as I could not go to sleep without trying to find out the answers to the many questions that emerged during the course of this mysterious and addictive read.
It’s been hard to review Ghost without any spoilers but I am determined to as I feel that everyone should go on ‘blind’ to the secrets surrounding these characters when they start reading Ghost. Suffice to say, when the closed world that Augusta knows is invaded by Tom, who has come to repair the crumbling mansion she hides away in, her cloistered life comes under threat. Augusta’s literal and metaphorical borders have been dictated by her Grandmother for as long as she can remember – what ripples will Tom’s arrival cause for Augusta’s world and everything she’s been taught to believe in?
This book is a fascinating and memorable read – I’d call it haunting – if that wasn’t a pun too far! I was very sad to miss the launch for this novel because I was away on holiday, I’d love to have had the chance to chat with Helen as I found Ghost such a wonderful and mysterious read. I can’t wait for another opportunity to meet her and hope that it comes very soon. Thanks again to the lovely Kelly for giving me the chance to share the love for another fantastic read. If you haven’t managed to read it yet, you can buy yourself a copy here
Writer on the Shelf
Helen Grant writes thrillers with a Gothic flavour and ghost stories. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won an ALA Alex Award in the US. Her other books include the exciting Forbidden Spaces trilogy.
Helen’s latest novel Ghost (Fledgling Press 2018) is set in Perthshire, where she has lived since 2011. When she is not writing, Helen loves to research the lost country houses of Scotland and to visit the sites where possible. Her experiences of exploring these fascinating places inspired her to write Ghost
Read all about her writing and some fascinating background information on Helen’s website
And catch her on Twitter here