Those who live in silence hear them best...
Dominic Lancaster hoped to prove himself to his family by excelling in the Navy during World War II. Instead he is wounded while serving as a gunner, and loses his leg. Still recovering from his wounds and the trauma of his amputation when the Blitz begins, Dominic finds himself shuffled off to the countryside by his family, along with his partially deaf sister, Octavia. The crumbling family estate on the shores of Ullswater is an old, much-neglected place that doesn’t seem to promise much in the way of happiness or recovery.
Something more than a friendship begins to flourish between Dominic and his nurse Rose in the late autumn of that English countryside, as he struggles to come to terms with his new life as an amputee. Another thing that seems to be flourishing is Octavia’s hearing.
As winter descends, sinister forces seem to be materializing around Octavia, who is hearing voices of children. After seeing things that no one else can see and hearing things that no one else can hear, Octavia is afflicted with a sickness that cannot be explained. With Octavia's help, Dominic sets out to find the truth behind the voices that have haunted his sister. In doing so, he uncovers an even older, darker evil that threatens not only Octavia, but Rose and himself.
Jonathan Aycliffe delivers a disturbingly tense ghost story set in the middle of World War II during England’s darkest hour, demonstrating that some fears are timeless....
©2013 Jonathan Aycliffe, First Night Shade Books edition 2015 (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Very entertaining, mostly due to the narrator, Roger Clark. He can scare the heck out of you just by whispering. I don't read many ghost stories but this one is compelling and has the added benefit of historical perspective.
Octavia. Never a friendlier nor more appealing ghost.
I can't say enough about this narrator. He has the ability to be all characters, including women and children, without being obvious or patronizing. His narration never detracts from the story but carries the listener through it as if he/she were there. He's a natural story-teller.
Well, they aren't really silent.
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