Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story #BookReview #ChristmasHorror @shani_struthers

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

I’m a big fan of audiobooks and The Psychic Surveys series from Shani Struthers, so I was delighted when I won an Audible copy of Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story!

About the Book

What do you do when a whole town is haunted? 

In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, ‘haunting’ the community, refusing to let them forget. 

In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there’s no safe haven. The past taints everything. 

Hurtling towards the anniversary as well as a new millennium, their aim is to move the spirits on, to cleanse the atmosphere so everyone – the living and the dead – can start again. But the spirits prove resistant and soon Theo and Ness are caught up in battle, fighting against something that knows their deepest fears and can twist them in the most dangerous of ways. 

They’ll need all their courage to succeed and the help of a little girl too – a spirit who didn’t die at the hall, who shouldn’t even be there…

Best Listened To

Eve: A Christmas Ghost is best listened to while lounging on the couch late on Christmas Night with some mulled wine or hot port.

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

My Thoughts on the Audiobook

This is a prequel to the Psychic Surveys series, told from Theo’s point of view. I love Ruby, the main character in the the Psychic Surveys series, but fierce Theo is my favourite. I loved getting more of an insight into her story and that of fellow psychic Ness.

The tale begins in mid-December in a town devoid of any Christmas spirit. Thorpe Morton is a place where everyone is haunted by ghosts and the town’s tragic past.

Theo and Ness soon find that they are dealing with more than a simple haunting, resulting in some terrifying scenes.

I loved the growing relationship between Theo and Ness. The contrast between Theo’s  strong personality and Ness’ quiet reserved nature worked brilliantly.

This is not only a ghost story, but also a mystery. The ending was sad, but also heartwarming. Like the other Psychic Survey books, this is about friendship and trust overcoming darkness.

The narrator’s accent added to the essence of this book. Her rich, warm accent suited the tale perfectly.

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story is a Christmas horror with a heart.

Buy the Book

To purchase the audiobook, click here.

To purchase the e-book, click here.

About the Author

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

Born and bred in Brighton, Shani is the author of several paranormal books, some set in and around her hometown, others further afield, in the world’s most haunted locations to be exact!

To find out more about Shani click here.

#ChristmasBookBloggersTag

THE CHRISTMAS BOOK BLOGGERS TAG

I love books and I love Christmas (as much as Halloween!) so I had to do this tag!  Thanks to Trish over at Between my Lines for the inspiration! I’m not tagging anyone specific, but I’d love if some of you joined in with #ChristmasBookBloggersTag.

CHRISTMAS BOOK BLOGGERS TAG

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SCENE IN A BOOK?

I cheated and picked two moments, each as sweet as the other.

My first pick is from Anne of Green Gables when Anne receives her very first Christmas present in true ‘Anne with an E’ style.

“Merry Christmas, Marilla! Merry Christmas, Matthew! Isn’t it a lovely Christmas? I’m so glad it’s white. Any other kind of Christmas doesn’t seem real, does it? I don’t like green Christmases. They’re not green — they’re just nasty faded browns and grays. What makes people call them green? Why — why — Matthew, is that for me? Oh, Matthew!”

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My second pick is the scene of Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It gets me every time.

After a meal of turkey sandwiches, crumpets, trifle, and Christmas cake, everyone felt too full and sleepy to do much before bed except sit and watch Percy chase Fred and George all over Gryffindor tower because they’d stolen his prefect badge

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DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS BOOK TRADITIONS?

I love to read a special book by the Christmas tree lights. I have ever since I read one of my Mallory Towers books by the twinkling lights as a child. Last week I read Carmel Harrington’s Every Time A Bell Rings and re-reading that may become a Christmas book tradition!

DO YOU PREFER TO GET PRESENTS OF BOOK VOUCHERS OR BOOKS?

I love both! I just love anything bookish. 😁

DO YOU GIVE BOOKS AS PRESENTS?

Yes, I have been known to.  I’m a book pusher 😉

WHAT BOOKISH ITEM IS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISHLIST?

Mmm.. I have really wanted a nice collector’s edition of Anne of Green Gables or The Stand for a long time now.

WHAT 3 BOOKS WOULD YOU LOVE SANTA TO HAVE IN HIS SACK FOR YOU?

I’d love a surprise!

FAKE CHRISTMAS TREE OR REAL CHRISTMAS TREE?

A nice, full 7 ft fake tree, accompanied by pine-cone smelling candles. 🎄 🎄

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

Spending time me with family and friends, Christmas has always been a big deal in my family and I love it! Also, my annual Christmas Eve date with my husband in our local pub. Five years ago, we had our first official date there on Christmas Eve and we return to the scene of the crime every year. 😁

WHAT CHRISTMAS BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

An oldie, but a goodie – A Christmas Carol. Classic Dickens and it encapsulates the true meaning of Christmas.

 

WHAT DISH ON YOUR CHRISTMAS MENU ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?

I love it all!!! But I’m a sucker for all the yummy vegetables and selection of potatoes! Roasties, mash and croquettes are a must!

WHEN DO YOU OPEN YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?

Christmas morning! I love unwrapping presents in my Christmas pyjamas by the tree.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?

White Christmas by Bing Crosby, we grew up to Bing blaring in our house and car and I love all his Christmas songs. But, the most special Christmas song to me is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. It was my Nan’s favourite song, it’s bittersweet hearing it but it’s played so much that she’s never out of our thoughts at Christmas time. 💖

ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

No, it was all I wanted as a child, but it’s not half as romantic now that I drive! We had a lovely White Christmas a good few years ago. It was okay to drive in, we had snowball fights and it was so pretty. Unfortunately, the same year my sister was in Australia. She was crying down the phone and it wasn’t the same without her.

TALK TO NOELLE (THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE) : LET ME KNOW SOME OF YOUR ANSWERS.  EITHER IN THE COMMENTS, OR LINK ME TO YOUR OWN BLOG POST.