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.
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.
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About the Author
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!