(Ad) Good Morning. Today I have a review for the new novel by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch, Wish You Weren’t Here. Thank you to Anne over at Random Things Tours for providing me with this opportunity to read and review.
The Rook family run a little family business. Ghost hunting. And business has picked up recently. Something’s wrong. It’s been getting noticeably worse since, ooh, 2016?
Bad spirits are abroad, and right now they are particularly abroad on Coldbay Island, which isn’t even abroad, it’s only 20 miles from Skegness. The Rooks’ ‘quick call out’ to the church on Coldbay Island picks loose a thread that begins to unravel the whole island, and the world beyond.
Is this the apocalypse? This might be the apocalypse. Who knew the apocalypse would start in an off-season seaside resort just off the Lincolnshire coast? I’ll tell you who knew – Linda knew. She’s been feeling increasingly uneasy about the whole of the East Midlands since the 90s.
When I read the blurb for Wish You Weren’t Here it definitely sounded like my sort of book. Supernatural horror with a dash of comedy, what more could I ask for?
I started reading eager to see what it was about and I really found myself captivated by the Rook family with all their quirks and differences. I really enjoyed the premise of a good haunting and the way they all relate to each other with sarcasm and wit is something very much in my remit for humour.
I really loved the characters, from the quiet, rational of Richard to the sulky, almost teen like qualities of Darryl and the brutal but honest Brenda.
My only very slight criticism without giving any spoilers was the whole ‘manager’ thing. It just didn’t feel to me like it fit the story and it left me feeling somewhat perplexed at how I felt about the book once it was finished.
One thing I will say though is that it is very much an entertaining and worth while read. I would definitely read more from this author with this series because the feelings I had didn’t sour the experience enough for me to be put off at all.
About the Author
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch (Horrible Histories, Newzoids, The News Quiz, The Now Show) has a background in satire. Born in Pontypool in Wales, and raised in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, she now lives in Canterbury.
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