A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan #BlogTour #BookReview

house of ghosts

Author: W. C. Ryan

Genre: Supernatural thriller

Format: Hardcover 432 pages

Release Date:  4 October 2018

Publisher: Zaffre

Firstly I would like to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and the publisher for the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.

At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.

For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one . . .

My Thoughts

I remember seeing some buzz around this book when the hardback was released last year and thinking at the time that this sounded like my kind of read, so when I received an email from Tracy organising a blog tour I knew this was one I would want to be a part of. 

This is definitely one of those books where I recommend curling up on the sofa or in your favourite reading chair, infant of a fire if possible and letting the book take you to the dark blustering island and the cold walls of Blackwater Abbey. 

Kate Cartwright is the heroine of our story with a unique ability that she can see ghosts. She is recruited by the secret service to accompany the mysterious soldier Donovan to the abbey where the owners, the Highmounts, have rounded up various individuals to participate in a seance with the hope that they will be able to contact the spirits of their deceased sons from the war. 

This book isn’t entirely what I was expecting. I was expecting more supernatural and ghostly elements and what I found myself reading was more like a historical espionage. I still throughly enjoyed the plot, and there was still enough of an air of mystery to keep me intrigued, it’s just not necessarily what I thought I was going to be reading when I started. 

This book kind of covers a mixture of many genres and surprisingly there is even a romance element entwined. I personally would have liked to have had more made about the supernatural side of things but having said that I did find this a nice easy read to pass some time and would definitely read more from this author. 

About the Author

W. C. Ryan is a pseudonym for William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the CWA Historical Dagger and the Ireland AM Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award and have been translated into over a dozen languages. William is married and lives in west London.

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