Help for the Haunted

Searles, John

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Help for the Haunted
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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0060779632
Characteristics: 362 pages ;,24 cm


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Oct 25, 2014
  • axeman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you can't handle horror but don't mind something that raises the hair on the back of your neck a bit, then I would recommend this for you.

Oct 14, 2014

The beginning held my interest but it did not measure up to what I expected from reading the synopsis. It is not scary at all and could have been a lot shorter. I was a bit disappointed.

Jul 18, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Slowly spools out to its creepy and shocking conclusion. A fabulous read.

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.

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

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

Nov 21, 2013

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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