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Help for the Haunted

Searles, John (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Help for the Haunted


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Struggling with the loss of her parents, who helped haunted souls find peace, Sylvie Mason pursues the mystery, moving closer to the truth of what happened that night as she comes to terms with her family's past.
Authors: Searles, John
Title: Help for the haunted
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 362 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Struggling with the loss of her parents, who helped haunted souls find peace, Sylvie Mason pursues the mystery, moving closer to the truth of what happened that night as she comes to terms with her family's past.
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ISBN: 9780060779634
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Report This Dec 29, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Started out promising but failed to really live up to it. The Masons are an echo of Ed and Lorraine Warren, including the possessed doll. Instead of living to old age like the Warrens, the Masons are murdered in a church where the only witness is their youngest daughter, Sylvie. The book mainly deals with Sylvie's dealing with her parent's death and living under the legal guardianship of her 19 year old sister Rose. In the background there is the the upcoming legal battle but there is also Sylvie trying to sort out exactly what she saw that night and how that works in with her parents' work. We're meant to take this as a paranormal book and it is in the aspect of the dead parents and a few little moments but really it's a mystery with a dash of thriller. The book goes on and then slows as time for Sylvie begins to run out. The ending you're either going to love or hate - I like the idea that it's representing if not the actual decision.

Report This Dec 22, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Sylvie and Rose Mason are the daughters of paranormal investigators. "Help for the Haunted" is part coming of age story, part contemporary gothic, and the writing style really pulls the reader along. There's a possessed doll that may be based on Annabelle, a doll owned by Lorraine Warren. Lorraine Warren is an exorcist who was the inspiration for the Amityville Horror and The Conjuring (and has a cameo in the film).

Report This Nov 16, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A creepy, dark slice-of-life book that might look like and sound like a horror novel, but isn't.

Report This Nov 10, 2013
  • arrina rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At times I wasn't fully engaged in this book, but everything comes together at the end and is really good. Worth the read.

Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I've read a lot of coming of age novels this year, and they've all been on the positive side of good. Help for the Haunted is no exception. Sylvie and Rose Mason have grown up dealing with parents who help people who are experiencing what they believe are hauntings or possession. When they are murdered on night during a blizzard, and an arrest is made, it is primarily due to Sylvie's testimony. However, Sylvie has lied, and she is also not really sure what happened that night. By jumping between the past and the present, Searles slowly unspools the story until explaining things with a last minute reveal that is almost out of nowhere. That said, it worked well, and there were just enough obscure hints as to have it make sense. This one was a Library Reads pick, and I must say I enjoyed it as well, although I must also say I had hoped it would be even better.

Report This Oct 24, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I don't read horror but I don't mind a touch of creepy now and then which is exactly how I would describe this book.

FYI, sharing from PW, this is an unsettling coming-of-age story by the author of Strange But True.

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Report This Oct 04, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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