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Two Sisters. One Dark Secret.
From critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author John Searles comes a riveting, chilling new novel about what one girl will do to find the truth
HELP FOR THE HAUNTED
“Searles has a knack for building tension…a well-paced journey, wrapped in a mystery, that will keep readers guessing until the revealing conclusion.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I was completely consumed by HELP FOR THE HAUNTED; I read it in one sitting. John Searles has drawn a delicate portrait of the gap between what we know to be true, and what we desperately want to believe.
— Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller
“John Searles has given us something wonderful with HELP FOR THE HAUNTED. A coming of age tale that is poignant and touching…and will scare the living hell out of you. I just may never go downstairs into my basement again.”
— Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives and The Light in the Ruins
“A quickly paced and boldly rendered ghost story, Searles’s dark novel about a young girl haunted by the murder of her parents had me up reading all night. And checking the doors. I found it impossible to put down.”
— Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House
“HELP FOR THE HAUNTED grabs you by the throat in the opening chapter, and shakes you to the core… This is edge-of-your-seat reading of a very high quality, and, be warned, it is seriously spine-tingling.”
— Robert Goolrick, bestselling author of A Reliable Wife
The author of the critically acclaimed Boy Still Missing and Strange but True returns with HELP FOR THE HAUNTED (William Morrow; On-sale September 17, 2013; Hardcover; $26.99; ISBN: 9780060779634), an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.
It begins with a call in the middle of snowy February evening. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation, helping “haunted souls” find peace. And yet, something in Sylvie senses that this call is different than the rest, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church’s red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep only to wake to the sound of gunfire.
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Nearly a year later, we meet Sylvie again struggling with the loss of her parents, and living in the care of her older sister, Rose, who may be to blame for what happened the previous winter.
As the story moves back and forth in time, through the years leading up to the crime and the months following, the ever inquisitive and tender-hearted Sylvie pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night, as she comes to terms with her family’s past and uncovers secrets that have haunted them for years.
Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, HELP FOR THE HAUNTED is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world. From the very first page, it takes readers on a captivating journey, told in the heartbreakingly resonant voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about her family and what went wrong one snowy winter night.
John Searles is the author of the best-selling novels Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. For ten years, John has appeared regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show and CBS’s The Early Show. He is also the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Beast and other national publications. He lives in New York City. Follow John on Twitter: @searlesbooks.
HELP FOR THE HAUNTED
by John Searles
William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
On-Sale: September 17, 2013