Book Reviews

Help For The Haunted by John Searles

An unexpected call comes in the middle of the night, after which Sylvie finds herself on the passenger seat of their truck, her father behind the wheel, her mother clutching her cross and her bible, driving through treacherous roads in the middle of a blizzard. It’s not the usual call that they get from “clients”. They are picking up her sister Rosie at the old church in town after running away from home. 

They arrive at the church. They leave Sylvie in the truck with the engine running. But they do not come back, and that’s the last time Sylvie will see her parents alive.

Still reeling from the violent deaths of her parents, Sylvie struggles to understand their work as “demonologists”, how their family will travel all over the country for talks and seminars, visiting or taking in clients who are “haunted”. They have never been a normal family, and it took a toll on their relationships with each other. One by one, Sylvie uncovers shocking truths about her family, which lead her to discover what really happened that fateful night, and who really is responsible for the deaths of her parents.

It’s creepy, dark and ominous, with well-written characters in a paranormal setting and a murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. What more can I ask for? It even has Penny, its own version of Annabelle from the movie The Conjuring. It’s not a horror book, just a very good crime mystery that you must read if you like sick and twisted. Two thumbs up.



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