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The first in Chaz Brenchley’s chilling new haunted house series - War widow Ruth Taylor arrives at RAF Morwood, the great house formerly known as D’Esperance, hoping that nursing badly wounded airmen will distract her from her sorrows. But almost as soon as she enters the house, she experiences strange visions and fainting spells, and the almost overwhelming sensation of ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Severn House Publishers
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Bandit
Nov 24, 2012 Bandit rated it it was ok
The most horrific thing about this book was how terribly mislabeled and mismarketed as horror it was. It is most decidedly not horror, although it does deal with World War Two and every war is terrifying in its own right. This book could have been horror, it has all the right trappings of the genre, but it never quite made it as such. Never quite made it as much really. This book is all atmosphere with almost nothing happening. To say it was slow would be a drastic understatement. Molasses in ...more
Linda
Jun 21, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Ruth Taylor is reeling from the death of her husband, an RAF pilot who was forced to ditch and didn't manage to deploy his parachute. Seeking to lose herself in work, she accepts an off to serve as nursing supervisor at a remote hospital that rehabilitates pilots who survived horrific injuries. For the purpose, the British government has taken over a country estate, D'Esperance, which is operated by a plastic surgeon, a psychiatrist, and a military trainer. There seems to be a hidden agenda at ...more
Nancy
Sep 08, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
Sweet heaven. It took me FOREVER to read this book, and as slow as I went I STILL could not figure out WTF it was about. I'm not sure it even HAD a beginning, middle, and end. I would NOT suggest this book.
Lisa Eckstein
Jul 03, 2012 Lisa Eckstein rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Ruth is a nurse working in London during World War II. Her husband was recently killed in action, and Ruth would like to be transferred to the front in the hopes that a stray bullet might end her life as well. Instead, she's sent to a large estate in the English countryside that's housing a military hospital with a mysterious purpose. While Ruth tries to understand what she's doing there, she finds herself haunted even more strongly than before by thoughts of her husband and his fiery death.

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Nepeta
Apr 29, 2012 Nepeta rated it it was amazing
During the second world war, a strange and frightening house has been turned into a hospital for burned airmen - but also something more, a military training-ground for those same damaged airmen. The reason for that is an appalling revelation to Ruth, a new-come nurse who carries her own deep damage - and D'Espérance has never been a house where it is remotely safe to bring your ghosts with you when you come...

Excellent writing, I loved the book and hope there is another Ruth Taylor story ahead
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Danielle
Jan 21, 2013 Danielle added it
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Great setting - hospital for WWII pilots with burn injuries, in a creepy rural manor house - but just wasn't very effective as a horror. Would have been an interesting enough psychological study if I'd been willing to ditch my expectations of it being scary.
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Sep 01, 2014 Allison rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Anyone who says this doesn't qualify as horror has a quite narrow definition of horror, in my opinion.
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Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter, and two major fantasy series: The Books of Outremer, based on the world of the Crusades, and Selling Water by the River, set in an alternate Ottoman Istanbul. A winner of the British Fantasy Award, he has also published three books for children and more than 500 ...more
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