Looking for an engaging new read as the summer winds its way into fall? Then look no further than the latest from John Searles, bestselling author of Boy Still Missing and Strange But True. Help for the Haunted, in bookstores 9/17, is a gripping tale of a family shattered by their own secrets and haunted by the ghosts of past and present.
When young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall late one snowy February evening, she knows this is no ordinary call. While accustomed to late-night calls from the "haunted" souls her missionary parents have encountered over the course of their unusual occupation, Sylvie finds something unsettling about the tone of the elder Mason's voices. Little does our young protagonist know that that fateful call will be the catalyst to the spiraling chain of events that will lead to her parents untimely death.
Nearly a year later, we again meet Sylvie, now grappling with the loss of her parents, and living in the care of her neglectful, self-absorbed older sister Rose, who may be to blame for what happened the previous winter.
As the plot ebbs and flows through time, through the years leading up to the crime and the succeeding months, the studious and compassionate Sylvie pursues the mystery of her parent's deaths, the ever-glowing light in their basement and unravels the secrets that bound the Masons together and ultimately ripped them apart.
Readers who are fans of fiction with a concrete resolution and coming-to-terms with one's own demons will gobble this brave new novel up and find it difficult to forget the richly drawn characters once the last page is turned. For more information on the enticing work of this talented author, or to grab your own copy of Help for the Haunted, click here.