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The Ghost House (Annie Graham #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,032 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force. But when she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves ...more
ebook, 250 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Carina UK (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 17, 2014 Mary rated it it was ok
This was pretty much a crap book chock full of awkward run-on sentences, punctuation abuse (including the hated apostrophe errors or should I say error's) and general poor understanding of the Rules of Grammar, not to mention a laborious plot, tedious characters, vague forensics, unlikely events, contrived romance, etc etc etc. I gave it 2 stars because I actually finished it and because its sheer juvenile silliness was a welcome distraction during a period of mourning in my house. But I won't ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked from page one. I loved the twist in the middle of the book and immersed myself in this wonderful story.

Annie is the battered wife of Mike and is staying at her brother's house in Abbey Wood to recuperate: the house being the caretaker house for The Manor House, which has stood empty for decades, is said to be haunted. Annie finds the diary of Alice Hughes which starts in 1886 when Alice was 15 and reads with incredulity everything that happened to he
Jul 17, 2014 Bex0188 rated it did not like it
The Ghost House sounded like a story I would enjoy. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it due to the fact it clearly had not been edited properly. The book was littered with grammatical mistakes, shocking sentence structure and even the odd spelling mistake. The writing style adopted by the author was to me reminiscent of a school child writing their first story which unfortunately meant that the story was hard to invest in and the characterisation was a little flat. I was so appalled by the ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Jeanette rated it liked it
The cover initially drew my attention. I enjoyed the storyline, but there were parts that I found irritating due to the amount of times certain words were used in some paragraphs. It's an easy read and held my interest until the end. I would probably try more books by this author.
Sep 21, 2015 Georgie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Georgie by: Becks Postlethwaite
I'd really give this book four and a half stars because apart from the one flaw I'll come to later, it really was pretty damn good.

It was a perfect mixture of crime and good old fashioned ghost story. Annie is a Police Community Support Officer taking time off work after surviving a brutal attack by her (now ex) husband. She is staying at her brother's house while he is out of the country. She loves the little cottage and the woods surrounding it, getting away from everything is exactly what she
Caroline Mitchell
Sep 21, 2014 Caroline Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in women's fiction and the supernatural
Book Review - The Ghost House

I first came across Helen Phifer's 'The Ghost House' while looking through new publishing imprint 'Carina', who publish a variety of books of various genres. Like me, Helen is a member of the police constabulary, and her experience lends a richness and authenticity to her writing.

The story focuses around Annie Graham, a police officer who is on restricted duties after being assaulted by her abusive husband. After leaving him to start afresh, she agrees to help her b
Amy Bird
Nov 17, 2013 Amy Bird rated it really liked it
My best recommendation for The Ghost House is this: I didn't want to read it at night, because I thought it would make me too scared, but I had to anyway. Right from the first page, it had me gripped. Helen gets straight into the action, and from the outset, the reader's mind is full of questions that only further reading can answer. The book is also very well-written - prose style is not sacrificed for thrills, and the quality of the writing adds to the absorption of the reading. Helen also ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Good story but so many errors in the manuscript! I read the kindle version of this book and there were so many typos, punctuation errors, formatting issues and even incomplete sentences that I found myself getting annoyed and distracted and had to return my copy. If I'm paying for a book, I expect it to be edited professionally!

That being said, the story was good and there was a little plot twist that I didn't expect which added to the story.

Be warned: the subject matter is a quite dark (i.e. g
Aug 05, 2015 Michelle rated it did not like it
I could not read further than a chapter in this book before stopping. I try not to read reviews before I read a book because I don't want it spoiled at all, but boy should I have glanced at them. The sentences were a continual train of thought without stopping. So many more colons and semi colons than any book I've seen. I just couldn't get into the story because of the glaring errors. It's great that this author wrote a book and somehow had it published, but please don't waste your money on it. ...more
Beth Bedee
Apr 03, 2014 Beth Bedee rated it liked it
"The Ghost House" weaves together the stories of a ghost from the past and a modern-day killer. This held my interest, but it wasn't great. I felt that the end became predictable and was a bit of a letdown. The story was interesting, but the writing was just o.k.

I was most interested in the diary portions set in the late 1880s. It provided an interesting twist midway through the book. I would have actually preferred if the entire book focused on that story. The ending left me with several unansw
Mar 08, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
I really wanted to like it, but it just wasn't that good. There were no howlers with spelling or grammar in the copy I had but honestly - who the hell TRADEMARKS everything they name drop? Seriously?!? Get a grip! And then the whole ghostly/otherworldly premise was never satisfactorily explained either. It just kinda...happened. I'll read the next one, but keep my expectations suitably low so as not to be disappointed.
Aug 25, 2015 Leslie rated it it was ok
This was terrible. I never did get hooked at any point. If an eighth grader had to make up a ghost story, this would be it. However the teacher would see that she didn't have the required number of words when she finished, so she added adjectives and adverbs wherever possible, in order tocomplete the word count. Juvenile effort is the best I can say.
May 03, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Loved the Alice character and the diary. Felt there were some major flaws in the story however. One minute, everyone over protective towards Annie, but when her husband absconds, nobody bothers to go round to protect her. Also, far too much winking!! Every character seemed to be winking at each other.
Melissa Mioni
Dec 28, 2015 Melissa Mioni rated it it was ok
An editor would have been a nice touch! My head is reeling from grammar crimes! How could this book have made it on to the shelves? While the story was good, it looks ass though it were written by a 6th grader. Ouch, I hope the IQ glitch in my brain can heal over time.
Frances L. Ehrig
Ghostly Occurrences

An exciting and suspenseful read! The kind of book that begs you to finish. I feel that I know the characters introduced in the series and there is just a bit of the supernatural to ensure the reader's interest. I look forward to more with Annie.
Kerry Barrett
Oct 28, 2013 Kerry Barrett rated it liked it
A creepy, atmospheric read. I love crime novels and I love a good ghost story and this combined the two brilliantly!
Hannah Pole
Nov 12, 2013 Hannah Pole rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! Thrilling, exciting, amazing. This is one of those books I'm going to read over and over again without a doubt! Little gutted its ended!
Wendy Labrum
Oct 15, 2016 Wendy Labrum rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any lover of mysteries
I will be very fair about this book. I found it hard to follow in places...however it kept drawing me to continue to read...a couple of times I wanted to stop..I am not sure if it is how the British talk or if it was her first time as being an author. I believe someone should have edited it better. I have purchased the entire series through Kobo so we will see how these read. As I am not a quitter on a book, I will be anxious to comment on the foregoing books.
Oct 02, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
The blurb
There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force.

When she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark
Sep 26, 2016 Anita rated it really liked it
This was scary good! Annie has had a hard time lately. Her husband beat her terribly and she is trying to recover while house sitting for her brother. Her brother's farm comes with a looming mansion next door that she also has to keep an eye on. Little does she know that it harbors a very dark history. Some of the dark evil has seeped out to a man in the village who is killing women. Interesting slant on the Jack the Ripper story.
Fiona Wilson
Dec 31, 2015 Fiona Wilson rated it it was amazing
For a long time now I have been looking for a book which is different to the usual YA/NA books I've been reading lately. This book was it! The moment I finished this book I had shivers down my spine, it was so good. It is the best book of this genre I have read in a long time.

Annie is looking for somewhere to get away for a while after a traumatic experience. Her brother gives her the opportunity when he asks her to look after his farmhouse while he is away. Close to the farmhouse is an old mans
One of the most enjoyable books I've read in some time, full review to come.
Jan 11, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Annie, police woman and recent victim of domestic abuse is house-sitting, alone in her brother's remote farmhouse recovering from the final vicious attack by her husband. The disappearance of a teenager, followed by the murder of another young woman herald a serial killer on the loose. Whilst her colleagues investigate the case, Helen finds herself targeted by the perpetrator in a mix of ghostly possession, the locus for which is the large and long deserted seat of the Heaton family, and ...more
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When I started reading, I was immediately pulled into the story. The Ghost House offers a relatable heroine, Annie, who unwillingly gets thrown in the middle of a horror movie when she promises to take care of her brother’s farmhouse, near a dilipidated, crumbling old mansion. The mansion calls for her, but the moment she walks inside, strange things happen. She finds the diary of a former resident of the house, Alice
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it

Die starke Polizistin Annie Graham ist am Boden, schwer verletzt ist sie einem Angriff ihres Mannes entkommen. Um Abstand gewinnen zu können, hat sie ihrem Bruder zugesagt, sich um seinen Hund zu kümmern und das alte Haus. Dieses Haus strömt jedoch eine ganz eigenartige Stimmung aus. Und Annie weiß nicht wie es kommt, sie findet ein altes Tagebuch, in dem eine junge Frau ihre Geschichte erzählt. Zur gleichen Zeit verschwindet im Ort ein junges Mädchen und die Polizei sucht fieberhaft nach
Oct 22, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reading copy of this book from Netgally and I have to say that I loved it!

I really like ghost stories so this appealed to me straight away and from the first page I was hooked.

It tells the story of Annie, who takes over being caretaker of an old run down house whilst her brother is out of the country. She is a police officer who has had a problem relationship and is glad of a little time on her own. However things don't quite go to plan.

She decides to
Oct 10, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, mystery
I liked the characters and romance-y bits in this novel the best. Characters were vibrant and in-your-face (thinking Jake here). I found I especially enjoyed Annie; she’s a strong and capable woman with a vulnerable side. She’s a prime example of how abuse can work and affect even the most strong of women, how insidious it really can be. I found her very relatable and down to Earth in how she approached the turns in her life. What can I say? I also liked that she wasn't afraid to eat what she ...more
Sharon Booth
Jul 29, 2014 Sharon Booth rated it really liked it
The first thing to say about this novel is that I love the cover. It really does lead you into the book and you’re immediately longing to know what’s through those gates, while at the same time being a little afraid of what you’ll find.
This is Helen’s debut novel and a gripping read it is, too. I honestly couldn’t put it down, desperate to know what was going to happen next.
Police officer Annie Graham is not your typical heroine. She’s recovering from a very nasty injury and has been wounded bot
Oct 15, 2014 Suze rated it it was amazing
Annie Graham needs some time to recover and when her brother leaves the country he offers her to stay in his house to look after his dog and his property. Her brother's farmhouse is close to a dilapidated mansion. When Annie enters it to do some exploring she experiences something strange. Then she finds an old diary and takes it home with her. The diary tells the story of a servant who used to live in the large house. Annie is looking for some peace and quiet, but instead trouble finds her ...more
Cheryl M-M
Jan 31, 2015 Cheryl M-M rated it liked it
Annie is inextricably linked to the manor house. It is as if Alice is reaching out from beyond the grave to connect with Annie.Trying to warn her from the death threatening to surround her.Warning her of the evil spirit that still wants to feel the joy of death by his hands or in this case death via surrogate.

Annie has to deal with the recent assault she had to endure at the hands of her own husband. This makes her vulnerable, frightened and perhaps more susceptible to believing in paranormal a
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