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3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  501 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Peggy Buchanan was such an adorable little girl, all blond curls and sweetness. Then came the tragic day when her family found Peggy floating in the icy water of their swimming pool, dead, her white dress billowing around her. Her sisters, Laura and Elizabeth, couldn't imagine life without Peggy. They knew from that day forward their lives would be changed forever. But the ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Dorchester Publishing Trade (first published January 1st 2010)
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Maciek
Graham Masterton's Spirit is his 1995 attempt at writing the classic ghost story - with a twist. Known for incorporation of various legends and myths into his horror fiction, in Spirit Masterton reaches for a source more widely known to most readers - Hans Christian's Andersen classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen.

The novel starts with a deceptive quietness in 1940's Connecticut, with the introduction of the Buchanan sisters - Elizabeth, Laura and Peggy. The three young girls know Andersen's story
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Majanka
Apr 28, 2011 Majanka rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, thriller, drama
When I first read the blurb for Spirit, I knew that I needed to get my hands on this book, no matter what it cost. Even though I had to request it three times (due to my Netgalley profile not being completely filled in), I didn’t care in the slightest. I had this crazy, unexplainable, but very convincing feeling that this book was going to leave me scared, terrified and very, very impressed. I don’t know why I got this feeling, that turned out to be true, but I have my suspicions that it might b ...more
Tobin Elliott
I finally gave up on this one about a hundred pages in. I tried. I truly, truly tried, only because, unlike some Masterton novels that, when read, feel like he blew them out in a week or two, this one actually had some depth to it.

Unfortunately, along with the depth, it took ages for anything meaningful to happen.

And, honestly, I'm finding now that I simply can't take Masterton's fucked-up sex stuff anymore. It's not so good it's uncomfortable, it's not so bad it's hilarious, it's not even so w
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Kristen
May 16, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is my fourth Masterton book that I have read, and I think of the four this is in the top two. I'm a fan of ghost novels so I was pretty excited to read this one, and with the main characters being female I was hoping to have something to identify with. My final opinion of the novel is a mixed one.

The short summary: The Buchanan family looses their youngest daughter in a drowning accident when she falls through the ice in their pool in the middle of winter. The story follows their two remain
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Micah Peregrino
May 27, 2016 Micah Peregrino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome.
*hands down.
the way they theorized peggy's existence by taking up a character out from her favorite story had got me thinking if such things really existed and literally gave me the chills whenever she tries to protect her sisters. i understand how Peggy can be very overprotective with her sisters but i also agree with Elizabeth that life is about risks and that is how they learn, you can't be always too cautious at things, learn to balance it out like the yin and yang. The
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Lee
Dec 17, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-read
My first Masterton novel that I read. A chilling story of a sister long dead...or is she?
Elusive
Dec 25, 2016 Elusive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In ‘Spirit’, five-year-old Peggy drowns on an icy winter day thus marking the start of a happy family falling into pieces. Her sisters Elizabeth and Laura struggle to come to terms with her untimely death while their parents do their best to hide their grief only to fail miserably. When Elizabeth makes a snowman resembling Peggy, this seemingly innocent gesture brings Peggy back to life as a powerful spirit and triggers a string of gruesome deaths. As the body count piles up, Elizabeth and Laura ...more
Kinksrock
Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Another review that I'm sure I have previously posted and has mysteriously disappeared from Shelfari.]

Graham Masterton's writing has entertained, disgusted, and titillated me. But this is the first time where I found his writing poetic and beautiful.

In this ghost story, a family is tortured by the spirit of what may be the youngest daughter, who died in a tragic accident. But what is odd is that the spirit does not look like the daughter, and it brings cold (literally, cold) death with it.

"Spir
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Kinksrock
Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graham Masterton's writing has entertained, disgusted, and titillated me. But this is the first time where I found his writing poetic and beautiful.

In this ghost story, a family is tortured by the spirit of what may be the youngest daughter, who died in a tragic accident. But what is odd is that the spirit does not look like the daughter, and it brings cold (literally, cold) death with it.

"Spirit" is an ode to the power of human imagination, and it also honors classic literature in a horror cont
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Cherie
Sep 08, 2011 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr ...more
Lostaccount
Set in the 1950s, two women are haunted by their dead evil sister. Not one of his best. Slightly long-winded and boring. The haunting episodes of the Peggy thing become tiresome pretty quickly, and the plot behind the hauntings is ridiculous, in my opinion. You can't fault Masterton's prose and his descriptive powers are second to none. But as with most of his books, I really didn't feel for the characters, just didn't like them and didn't care whether they lived or died. And yet again, another ...more
David Battersby
TWs: Rape, CSA, murder
Read if you like: Jodie Picoult, Ghost Horror, Soap operas

I have mixed feelings about this book, the plot was brilliant and it was wonderfully written, but a lot of the sex scenes seemed gratuitous, and felt as if the author was writing out his own fantasies, whether he was doing so or not. Also, a lot of the sexual assault and unhealthy relationships were presented as being normal and good, to the point that it made me uncomfortable. A good read if you want something you
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Sue-Beth Warren
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were aspects of it that I really liked, including a unique concept of the afterlife. But there was an issue that came up frequently that I found very annoying. That was that characters who should have known better did things that were really stupid for the circumstances. Early on it was understandable but to repeat what is clearly a danger to others seems reckless at best and inconsistent with the characters otherwise. I'm not giving specifics so that ...more
Lily Lamb
wow....what a story.
Until the end, I couldn't guess how SPIRIT was going to end. I dreaded turning the pages but I had to because I needed to release the tension the story built. I was desperate to see what the author planned with little Peggy. Graham Masterton did not shy away using this child as he did...that is all I am going to say. I was not sure whether I felt compassion for Peggy or was repulsed by her ....or fear her.

I love Graham Masterton's horror stories!!!
Beatrice
Oct 23, 2011 Beatrice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I enjoyed this book, but it really went on longer than I would have liked. I didn't really connect with the characters, and it just wasn't scary to me. The idea that imagination can manifest as a ghost/spirit is really interesting. The things that the human mind can come up with are at times absolutely horrifying, and I wouldn't want that to be true, however!
Don
Jan 03, 2012 Don rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book started out good with a very promising plot. However, I found the concept behind the spirit's origin to be a a little of over the top. When other character around the sisters express having similar experiences it all becoems too much. It would have been better if the spirit was just a plain old scary ghost.
Verena
Oct 28, 2011 Verena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite good. I'm pleased that Amazon is now selling several of Masterton's horror novels in Kindle format, but cripes is the OCR terrible. So many wrong words. cl replaced with a d. Italicized words all mangled. It was very distracting.
Nora Peevy
Mar 29, 2013 Nora Peevy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Original twist with great character development. Wonderful descriptions and some great gory death scenes you will love. I couldn't give it five stars, simply because I felt the epilogue was rushed, but I enjoyed this book and would read it again.
Pam
Apr 21, 2011 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess I am not a fan of horror/ghost stories. I got this on netgalley and it has taken me probably two months to finally finish. I'm not saying that it wasn't a good book but not my cup of tea.
Rachel
Oct 08, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I love Graham Masterton. However, the book seemed to end rather abruptly. I was amazed by how different the voice of this book was compared with others of his I have read.
Michele
Interesting concept. Some of the language may have been unnecessary - definitely adult novel. Well written, but perhaps too detailed.
Joe Geesin
Oct 10, 2015 Joe Geesin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book and a very enjoyable story, but quite a slow start, made even slower by some generally time-independent family life descriptive passages.
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Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles whi ...more
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