The Haunting Alex Bell

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Some curses grow stronger with time…
People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.
Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful event occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever…

Set in my favourite place of Looe in Cornwall, The Haunting is  a scary YA novel.

Although marketed for the younger end of the readers spectrum, I think that this fabulous read by Alex Bell can be enjoyed by everyone, especially if you like your horror dark and creepy.

After an ‘accident’ in her grandmothers cellar, Emma is confined to a wheelchair. Now several years later her grandmother has closed the doors of The Waterwitch Inn and Emma has returned for a visit.

The story of Christian Slade and the building of The Waterwitch sailing ship, with all its curses and legends would have been quite enough to make this tale interesting enough, but meeting its doom the wood from the ship was used to build the Inn and here the story takes its place.

The Haunting is not the best of these types of books but I did love it. The characters all have a narrative and Bailey the dog is just lovable. There is a tense ending and all in all this book gave me a chill and I found it hauntingly good.





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