The Proctor Hall Horror by Bill Thompson. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Ascendente Books for the ARC of this book.
Synopsis… “Set along the beautiful Bayou Lafourche near Thibodaux, Louisiana, it’s a more traditional ghost story than some of the others from this author. Back in 1963, a fourteen-year-old boy who’s never spoken a word is found sitting quietly on a stairway in his house. In a nearby sitting room, his mother, father and younger sister sit next to each other on a couch.
At least most of their bodies are on the couch. Their heads are neatly arranged on the mantel. The boy – the only living person at Proctor Hall — is deemed unable to stand trial and spends decades locked away. When he’s released at last, he comes back to live at in the old house.
For a class assignment, a university professor sends a team to the old plantation with a goal to learn about the now-abandoned house and its mysterious past. As the students uncover secrets, the school project becomes a tragedy beyond imagination. Landry and the crew are called in to investigate. As they learn the truth, the dark things that lurk inside Proctor Hall may claim even more victims.”
Overall rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I think this may be my favourite read of the year so far, it had everything I could have wanted from a ghost story.
From the opening pages I was hooked by the story of a young girl who goes missing in front of the Proctor house and as the first chapter progressed I was drawn deeper into the story.
As we start the main bulk of the story we meet a group of teenagers who are attending a class led by a professor seemingly interested and drawn in by all things ghostly, we later discover this isn’t the case and there are far more sinister things going on…
I was drawn in by every character in this story, they all had a role to play and they did so perfectly. They were woven together creating the perfect mix to make this book explode into ghostly goodness.
A personal favourite of mine was Professor Julien Girard who was written so well that I did not see his twist coming at all…
The writing itself was excellent, the chapters were the perfect length to build up shock and suspense and there were several points I had goosebumps and I was scared (it’s not that easy to scare me with a book or horror film haha).
Because the book was written in third person we got see the story through multiple sets of eyes, which I loved because we saw so many different angles.
I loved the ending too, it was the perfect way to round off what was a truly excellent ghost story.
And despite being the 7th book in the series everything made perfect sense without having to had read any of the previous books, which I thought was great!
Until next time, Em xxx