- File Size: 4034 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Publisher: LionheART Publishing House (January 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D1YP1GK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,061 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
The Haunting of Thores-Cross: A scorned young woman will have her vengeance – even after death (Ghosts of Thores-Cross Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Perkins mesmerised with her period dialogue and rich descriptions of life" - Ajoobacats, TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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*#1 Bestseller in 6 Amazon Categories, including Ghost Suspense, British Horror and Gothic Romance
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*Over 100 5-STAR reviews on Amazon
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This is the most well-researched, intense and spookiest book I've ever read. Not only did these characters come alive and jump out at me from my screen, but I even dreamed about them! Not just one - all of them!
I admit, some of the dialect was difficult to decipher, because I'm no historian and I'm not used to hearing people speak this way, but Jennet's POV was immaculate. The two voices in this story (Jennet- 1770s and Emma-present day) were distinct and original.
In this engrossing story, we meet Emma and Dave. A married couple suffering from the loss of a child a year earlier. After moving into a home they designed, they soon come to realize the property is... haunted? As Emma dreams about a woman from two hundred years earlier, she begins to write Jennet's story - a story she has no idea where its coming from and even waking unknowing how the words appeared on the page.
But it gets creepier. Much, much creepier.
As we journey along, the book switches POV, experiencing how Jennet came to be in her situation and why she still roams the grounds two hundred years later.
YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. But I warn you, it will set a new standard for what you expect in future reads. The writing is flawless, the story is original, and every character is compelling.
Through Jennet, the late 1700s character, we see how cruelty can drive even the most ordinary people to hatred and, in Jennet's case, evil. A teenage girl who is seduced by an older man who is married and ostracized by her community because of it, Jennet avenges herself in the only way she had power to. In that lies the moral of this story. One man’s weakness and irresponsibility, and a society’s choice to accept wrong doing for their own selfish purposes, can have dire consequences for generations.
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Now, the book is split between the present day and the 1700's. Our main character here is Emma, a writer. Her and her husband have moved into their dream home in Yorkshire after suffering an awful tragedy. It's hoped that by doing this, Emma can get her writing mojo back.
In the 1700's we have Jennet, a young orphaned girl who basically, is hung out to dry by the people she's grown up with and thought she could rely on. What links them is an old stoneware ink pot, found by Emma as a child and has kept with her ever since. Jennets story must be told and after over two centuries of waiting, it looks like she may finally be able to be put to rest.
I'll be honest, i really wasn't that keen on Emma. She came across as a bit one dimensional and her whole storyline seemed a bit disjointed and didn't flow as well as Jennets story in the past.
Now Jennet i did like, and the author does an excellent job with her character progression and giving her depth. She suffers in an awful way and is completely believable and relatable to the time in which she lived.
On the whole, yes. I did thoroughly enjoy this read and i'd definitely read more from this author. And yes, it is one i would recommend.
Now grown up and married Emma is back in Thores-Cross. Little does she know how the past is going to impact on the present with horrific results.
I so loved this book by Karen Perkins and found it hard to put down. The two story lines running two hundred plus years apart were gripping, the characters totally believable and the over result was fantastic.
I can't wait to read more by this author.
The link between the two women begins when Emma and her husband Dave move into their dream home at Thruscross Reservoir under which lies the ruins of an old village. Emma becomes obsessed, haunted, by strange dreams, sounds and sensations which slowly uncover the story of Jennet and the awful truth of what befell the young girl. The tension builds as Emma teeters on the edge of insanity and the presence of young Jennet grows ever stronger.
There are some really good bits and pieces in this book and I particularly enjoyed the spooky scenery around the submerged village. It's true to say this is a very traditional ghost story with a fair amount of cliche but in general it works well and I enjoyed the read.
I cannot praise Karen enough for a wonderful, amazing piece of writing that I cannot fault! I'd like to give it many more stars than 5 but Amazon will only allow a maximum of 5.
I am familiar with Thruscross Reservoir and the flooding of West End Village. The story is another one that has kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. It drew me in from the beginning to the end. I couldn't put it down. It was well written and well planned out.
Am amazing story!
I shall be adding Karen to my list of favourite authors and reading many more of her books!
Thank you Karen for being an amazing writer! It takes skill to write so well and you have mastered that skill brilliantly. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with us. As an amateur writer myself, I can say that writers are born not made!
Karen writes in a similar fashion to my all time favourite author, Barbara Erskine. I also recommend Barbara to Karen's fans but please don't forget about Karen.
A key element of dual-time stories is the way in which the author links the past and the present. I don't have a problem with use of the supernatural for this purpose (I love Kate Mosse's books for example) but here it just didn't work for me and I remained unconvinced. Not much happens in the modern day part of the story and it became a bit repetitive.
I was also surprised that the historical part was set in the late eighteenth century when the century for witch hunts was the seventeenth century.
Emma is an author and is hoping that living here will help her get writing again.
But no sooner have they moved in then strange things start to happen which takes over her life.
She starts writing but its as if she's been possessed by someone from the past making her tell a story.
Wow this books is brilliantly written, I couldn't put it down as it was that gripping.
The story flits back and forth between Jennet's life from the past of how her life was forced to become due to people of power at the time to what is happening with Emma making her do things that aren't her doing.
In 2013, Emma has moved into her lovely new house with her adored husband. A couple of decades previously, she found an old ink pot which she still has. Very soon after moving in, she starts dreaming - vivid, frightening dreams which leave her exhausted. She talks to the neighbours and learns about Jennet, and realises that Jennet wants her story told through her.
Will her marriage survive the hell that this process puts her through as she almost relives Jennet's tragic life?
Well written, with some great descriptions of the moors, and full of action, I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading the depiction of life in 1770 like the way they spoke, and I'm sure a lot of research went into this book.