The Lost Village: A Haunting Page-Turner With A Twist You'll Never See Coming! (Ghost Hunters 2) (Paperback) by Neil Spring

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List Price: £8.99

Paperback: 464 Pages.

Published: 19 October 2017 by Quercus

ISBN: 1784298611

EAN: 9781784298616

Review by Debra Found

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Lacked Atmosphere

This book uses the real story of the village of Imber as its background. The residents of Imber were removed to extend the army firing ranges on Salisbury Plain. In reality this occurred in 1943 but in this book it occurred during the first world war. The book itself is set between the wars.

Sarah Grey & Harry Price are ghost hunters who appear to have fallen out. I wasn't aware when reading this book that this was the second in a series so there are certain aspects which may make more sense if I had read the first book. However, when the offer is made for them to come together to go ghost hunting in Imber they are happy to work together again. Grey & Price seem to be of the sceptical type and are out to disprove the stories of the haunting in Imber.

This book started well and I was settling back to a good read. I enjoy a good ghost story and have read a great number of ghost stories both good and bad. However, the rest of the book didn't live up to the beginning.

The whole concept of the book got more and more fantastic as it went. As ghost hunters Grey & Price were quite gullible and not very thorough in their investigations.  There are a couple of twists at the end which took us down roads away from the ghost story which just didn't work for me. The behaviour of some of the characters was most peculiar and their motives for this big ghost story situation quite unlikely. I apologise for not being detailed but I don't want to give out spoilers.

One very interesting fact which irritated me immensley was the trouble that the author had with distances. Driving between London and Salisbury Plain in the years between the world wars was a lengthy and time consuming journey. The characters seemed quite happy to leap in their cars and make this journey backwards and forwards in a day, at times seeming to take a very short time. I also noticed that the journey from the army camp to Imber village was quite flexible. Readers do notice these facts and writers do need to be aware & consistant.

I found the characters to be quite bland without much dimension. Having said that I may have got a better persepective on their personalities had I read the previous book in the series.

I didn't feel much suspense in this story. There were patches, particularly at the beginning, but the big seance which should have full of suspense and tension was quite lacking.

In all I found this a very mediocre book without the real atmosphere that a good ghost story requires.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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