I’ve never read any of Lynda La Plants books before as they’re not my genre as a rule. However, we are having a reading challenge at the library to try and read out of your comfort zone. Being the kind of person who is on the waiting list to be assessed for having an autistic spectrum disorder, you can imagine that I do not like going outside my comfort zone. I also have joined the challenge late on so I need to do some quick reading. This book is one of the quick read titles. It is suitable for people getting into reading later on or who have have difficulties with reading. It was written for World Book Day. I associate Lynda La Plant with crime and this book is a ghost story so there’s my genre!
It’s a good little story and I read it in one bath time. It reminded me of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black in tone and I’m sure this played some role in the influence of the book.
The story follows Barbara, a lonely struggling journalist, who is desperate to get her job back and her life on track. She has an idea of writing a series of articles about old soap stars and where are they now. As luck would have it, the guy she’s staying with after being evicted has a route in with a famous actress, now recluse. She intends to exploit this. However, after finding herself at the old house with a snow storm on the way and she finds a bigger story than she bargained for, as well as a role in it for herself.
I found the story atmospheric and creepy. It was somewhat simplistic but that is the style of book that it is. It is a good short ghost story for a winters evening in front of the fire.
Great review, I’ve not read any of her books yet either but this looks interesting!
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