They said the dead can’t hurt you . . . They were wrong.
The House on Cold Hill is a chilling and suspenseful ghost story from the multi-million copy bestselling author of Dead Simple, Peter James.
Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their twelve-year-old daughter Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House – a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion – Ollie is filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, he has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being separated from her friends.
Within days of moving in, it becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren’t the only residents of the house. A friend of Jade’s is the first to see the spectral woman, standing behind her as the girls talk on FaceTime. Then there are more sightings, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. As the haunting becomes more malevolent and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the terrified family discover Cold Hill House’s dark history, and the horrible truth of what it could mean for them . . .
Every review for this novel is going to start with horrific event that befalls Johnny and his family on the day they move into Cold Hill House – a sprawling mansion that has a lot of history..decrepit but beautiful.
Cold Hill House was once a monastery with a story of it’s own and the ghost of a Lady in Blue, is at the heart this ‘spooktacular’ tale.
Peter James has experience with the paranormal and this shows in his writing. Cold Hill is fabulously written and has just enough of everything, ghosts, suspense and a little bit of horrifying chills.
This tale keeps the reader gripped to the reality that the Harcourt family is experiencing and it is difficult to talk about the book without giving spoilers.
All I can say is that Peter James has written a book that has a feel of truth and authenticity to it. You really do think that you are reading a biography of fact rather than a fictional tale.
I am happy to say that there is no animal deaths in this book,which I thought there might be given the cruelty and antipathy of the Lady in Blue.
This is the first novel that I have read by Peter James, but it won’t be the last.