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The Ghost Hunters

(The Ghost Hunters #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,788 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England.

The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job – personal assistant to Harry Price, London’s most infamous ghost hunter. Equal parts brilliant and charming, neurotic and manipulative, Harry has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England’s many ‘false hauntings’, and never has he
Paperback, 527 pages
Published October 2013 by Quercus
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Jayne Lamb Absolutely. The middle third was just constant repetition. Edited, it would have much more readable.

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Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-shelf, mystery
I thought this was an okay novel. The thing that made it quite good was the fact that it was based on some reality, although the characters did enjoy some embellishment for the sake of the story. Obviously, a lot of research had been put into the novel, and for that, I can give it good props.

Unfortunately, the tale was a bit on the dull side. From a pure story view, there's absolutely nothing here that hasn't been seen a hundred times when it comes to the intrepid scientific debunker of mystical
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Sarah Grey has returned to England after a brief time as a model in Paris. She is looking for a new job, but she never expected to be offered and accepting a job as a personal assistant to Harry Price, the infamous ghost hunter. Harry has devoted himself to expose mediums and false hauntings. And, despite being temperamental and neurotic is he also very charming and Sarah can't help but be drawn to him. One of the most puzzling cases for them will be Borley Rectory. Is the place really haunted o ...more
'Of course with ghost hunting anything can happen and mostly never does.'

I bought The Ghost Hunters impulsively in a supermarket at Halloween last year. I found reading it a nostalgic experience, not because the book itself reminded me of something else, but because it brought back memories of a time when I chose what to read very differently - with no planning, no goals in mind, just buying whatever was cheap and looked vaguely interesting, usually from the paperback chart in a supermarket or W
Sophie Duncan
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read some reviews that call this a 'good old fashioned ghost story', but I would disagree: it is anything but a standard ghost story. I would call this book more character-driven literature than a ghost story, because, even though haunted Borley Rectory looms large in this book, I felt it was more of a backdrop to the story, an obsession for Sarah and Price, rather than the central theme of the book, which is the relationship between Sarah and Harry Price. There are a couple of spooky bits, ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a hard book to rate. I almost left it unread more than once (I never do that), especially the first third. Note to future readers: this is not a horror story. If you expect a horror story, you will be disappointed. I have to stop paying attention to labels.
This is historical fiction, a well researched story. Its focus are Borley Rectory, allegedly the most haunted house in England, Harry Price and his fictional assistant Sarah Grey.

It is hard to enjoy a book with characters as eithe
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This kinda steps away from my whole romantic, chick-lit genre, but I just HAD to post a review because this story was sensational. I don't think I have ever been more intrigued or creeped out than I was when I was reading The Ghost Hunters. What's even better is the story is written about an actual house. I became that intrigued with it all that I just had to get myself onto Google and research EVERYTHING about the people, the stories and all the other little bits that came along with it. The Gh ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel merges fact and fiction in an absorbing and evocative ghost story. Harry Price (1881-1948) was a real psychic researcher; a sceptic renowned for exposing fake spiritualists and best known for his investigation into Borley Rectory, called ‘the most haunted house in England.” In this book, an academic is given a manuscript by Miss Sarah Grey, which tells the story of Price’s investigation into Borley Rectory. Miss Grey was a young woman whose father had died in the first world war and w ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from a friend who won it on goodreads as I wanted to win this book. Loved this book got me to the edge of my seat from start to finish if you like a good ghost book read it and enjoy.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ha-tbr-2019
Not a scary story but it is an interesting story and well written
THE GHOST HUNTERS, by Neil Spring is a fantastic piece of historical-fiction based on the real case of the reputed haunted Borley Rectory. Harry Price sets out to debunk (where possible) the existence of supernatural phenomenon, and attempts to find proof of human manipulations. In this story, we are introduced to the fictional character of Sarah Grey, who becomes Mr. Price's assistant on these journeys, and other efforts to the same end.

Mr. Price's character has several sides to him--and none o
Nancy Oakes
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
First: if you're thinking a) that this is a book about a group like TAPS or some other paranormal investigation group, or b) that it's a full-on ghost story, you may be a little disappointed. However, if you can get past those two obstacles, and you don't mind a little melodrama here and there, you may enjoy it. I absolutely hate giving ratings, but I'll give a 3.8 rounded up to a 4.

The Ghost Hunters is really several stories meshed into one -- first, there is the story of Sarah Grey, a young w
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-n-z
I really wanted to like this book a whole lot more than I actually did.
I was born and brought up in Suffolk about 15 miles from Borley (on the Suffolk/Essex border) and was always aware of the tales about the place. In fact as teenagers we sometimes used to drive out there to try and spook ourselves. We never saw or felt anything, needless to say!
Staying in Suffolk over the New Year I began reading this book, and one afternoon we drove to Borley again. Well, I had to really!
I note that careful
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Scary ghost story? I've been more spooked by an episode of scooby doo! Its a run of the mill haunting, stones and objects get thrown, cold spots, footsteps, yaddah, yaddah... The problem I found is the author just didn't get the tension in there. The whole book reads like an account of hauntings, not specifically Borley Hall, though that is the focal point. Its all told from the point of view of Sarah Grey, a self centred slightly neurotic woman who quite frankly is bored, and decides working fo ...more
Lukas Anthony
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Screw this 'has to be a whole star' business. 3.5 Stars

Ooph, look at that beautiful cover.

Neil Spring's 'The Ghost Hunters' tells the tale of one of the most haunted houses in the entire of the UK, Borely Rectory. The house has been featured in many ghost stories before this and was famously the object of an investigation by the Society of Physical Research, around which this novel is based.

This novel presents itself to you as an account written by one of the lead investigators during that tim
Melancholy &  Menace
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this spooky, psychological ghost story, and even though I just finished it yesterday, I already want to pick it up and begin reading again. A wonderful combination of historical fact and fiction, with more than a whisper of the macabre...
Feb 24, 2019 added it
Don't usually read ghost stories. This had a ghost story as well as other stuff going on so I liked it.
My first Halloween read of 2017.

This had all the right ingredients for a great spooky mystery, including an author who knows how to construct a sentence. Unfortunately, because of the way the story is told (a story within a story evolving over a long period of time with years long gaps between events) it takes far too long for the mystery to unfold, there is way too much tell and not enough show, and the characters were so annoying that I didn't care what happened to them. Sarah Grey, the main c
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mixing fact with fiction and told from the point of view of a ghost hunter's assistant in the 1920s/1930s, this is a chilling ghost story with lots of twists and turns. As the ghost hunter Harry Price and his assistant Sarah Grey investigate the haunted Borley Rectory, determined to prove there are no ghosts, they find things are not all as they seem. Truly scary at some points this is a must-read for any horrror fan.
John Wiltshire
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: given-up-on
So far this is an excellent glass of wine, roaring log fire sort of ghostly tale. Lots of dark hints, a mysterious journal, parapsychology professor and a spooky old building. What more could a reader want? I'll update when done.
60% and just cannot force myself to read this any more.
As usual, I'm left disappointed and wondering whether it's just me...I struggled to keep reading this until I got to 60% and then I thought, nah, life's just too short. This is basically a relatively simple story sp
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is one of those really interesting books that from within a few pages in you find yourself unable to put it down, wanting to find out what is waiting for you on the next page, wanting to know exactly how things play out. That being said, I felt as though there was a little bit of a mixed bag in places: at times it seemed to be moving at a great pace whereas at others things seemed to be dragging on unnecessarily. Overall it was a great paced book, I just felt as though some of the aspects w ...more
Rob Twinem
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
For lovers of good old fashioned ghost will thrill to this. Harry Price ghost hunter extraordinaire! and his trusty assistant Sarah Grey unravel the mystery and the strange goings on in Borley Rectory. The book has everything for this seasonal time of year and lots of twists and turns along the way....lovers of M R James and Shirley Jackson will welcome this modern yet old fashioned interpretation of the haunted house theme.
Roy Elmer
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I wandered in to my favourite local stockist one Saturday afternoon just before Halloween and spotted this one sitting on the shelf. I read the blurb and discovered that it was about Borley Rectory, a place that has always fascinated me, with the tales of supernatural happening and ghostly apparitions. It's sort of a local folk tale to me, as I live about ten miles down the road. Long story short, I bought it totally on a whim. I usually do a little bit of research in to books before I buy t ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost Hunters is a fictional memoir of Sarah Grey, assistant to one of the most renowned ghost hunters in all of England, Harry Price. Sarah began working as a model, but changed careers to become a secretary for Mr. Price.

Mr. Price receives tons of letters and inquiries asking for his assistance in investigating supposed haunted houses. After experiencing his own losses, Harry Price went from complete believer to one of the most die-hard skeptics of paranormal activity. Known for uncovering
Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost-paranormal
4.5 Stars

Now that's what I call a really good ghost story. It was so different to the (para)norm.

The Ghost Hunters oozed style and readability like the flow of ectoplasm from a Mediums mouth!

Neil Spring is a great writer and put this story together in a truly unique way. I've never read a ghost/paranormal book like this, with footnotes (which I usually hate with a passion) that enhanced and supported the story perfectly.

A well earned 4.5 stars. I'm looking forward to reading The Watchers by t
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was always intrigued by the story of Borley Rectory as a child. So the description of this book pulled me in right away. It didn't disappoint. I was a little worried about the fact/fiction aspect before I read it. However once I started the book I was pulled in straight away. It builds the chilly atmosphere as the story builds. I'd long ago given up being spooked by the Rectory story. This reversed that. The night I finished it sleep was difficult, the book had got under my skin and unnerved m ...more
Angie Rhodes
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book, It was creepy,in all the right places, with enough intrigue, to keep you reading.
Neil Spring, has brought the legend of Borley Rectory, which has been named, The Most Haunted House in England, to life. There is romance,tragedy,humour,and mysteries, everything you could want,on a cold Winter night, Fantastic! Can't wait for Neil's next novel. :)
Sharon Stevenson
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
neil sent me the first 20 pages was really enjoying it when it ran out so had to buy it to read the rest thoroughly enjoyed
definitely worth a read and 4 star x
Virginia Appleton
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this baby!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost Hunters was a slow burner to begin with. And whilst you’d think that would mean it was boring, I can tell you, in all honesty, it was anything but. I’ve been stupidly busy you see, with my own ventures, and I’ve had to put the book down... but not for long.

This book drew me in from the first chapter, just as Sarah Grey is drawn to Harry Price, Vernon Wall, and Borley Rectory. I didn’t realise I was addicted to it until I found myself looking at it, and telling it I’d be reading again
David Harris
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is an imaginative account of the haunting of Borley Rectory, apparently "the most haunted house in England" and the investigation of it by ghost hunter, showman, charlatan - make up your own mind which - Harry Price. Set between the 1920s and the 40s, it takes us to a world where the relatives of those who fell in the First World War are exploited by false(?) mediums. The mediums who are in turn turn hunted down by the indefatigable Price. But Price has a problem. He is being supported ...more
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Neil Spring is novelist, entrepreneur and Senior Communications Manager for the John Lewis Partnership.

He has a lifelong interest in the paranormal and unexplained. During a visit to the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature at Senate House, Bloomsbury, he discovered a wealth of material which provided the inspiration and basis for his first novel, The Ghost Hunters.

Neil holds a BA in Philosop

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