The House on Cold Hill

The House on Cold Hill

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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 the city of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion - they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and with its acres of land, he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, a base for his web-design business and a terrific long-term investment. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents in the house. At first it is only a friend of Jade, talking to her on Facetime, who sees a spectral woman standing behind her. Then there are more sightings of her, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house. Two weeks after moving in, Caro, out in the garden, is startled to see faces staring out of an upstairs window of the house. The window of a room which holds the secret to the house's dark history ... a room which does not appear to exist ...
Publisher: London : Pan Macmillan, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781447255949
Branch Call Number: JAMES P
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 20 cm


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Mar 01, 2017

A great ghost story for a rainy night..

Jul 21, 2016

A ghost story with a modern day setting in the farmlands of England was based on the idea that a centuries old house in the country must have ghosts or a backstory involving some disasters. The story had an interesting beginning and seemed promising, but by the middle I was shaking my head. Ghosts using a computer and iphone just wasn't believable. As the story neared its end, it seemed a chunk of the story was missing which left me scratching my head. This novel was really a waste of time as I had expected more from Peter James. Too many colloquial words embedded in sentences which were to suggest the main character's frustration just left me feeling more and more that this novel had been a waste of good afternoon.

Apr 19, 2016

I enjoyed this well told Gothic Tale set in current day England.
I felt it was nicely done and respected the parameters of the genre.

Mar 09, 2016

A completely by-the-numbers novel. I knew the whole plot by the second chapter. The movie equivalent would be a cheap made for TV filler movie.

Dec 09, 2015

If you take a lead character and make him thick as a plank, and have him as part of a family that doesn't share vital information with each other, plus add in a bunch of irrelevant, boring detail -- you can drag out an annoying 300 page novel where the reader is pretty well hoping the whole family gets knocked off, just so it will all be over with. A very disappointing effort by a novelist whose work I usually enjoy.

Nov 15, 2015

Terrific gothic read that keeps the chills coming!

Oct 26, 2015

A classic ghost story with a modern infusion. Great, easy read.


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