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The Ghost Tree

(Libby Butler #2)

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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A newcomer to a small town must contend with a 17th century poltergeist intent on murder

Five years after the death of his wife, MacAoidh Armstrong moves into a smallholding in southern Scotland with the intention of living a self-sufficient existence. Although he’s heard the steading has a reputation for being haunted, the pragmatic Highlander does not believe in ghosts.
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Urbane Publications
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Sara Bain Hi Jenna M and thanks for your question. The Ghost Tree contains scenes of violence, gore and some occasional bad words. Best to read it for yourself…moreHi Jenna M and thanks for your question. The Ghost Tree contains scenes of violence, gore and some occasional bad words. Best to read it for yourself first before putting it out to school children. Best wishes. Sara(less)
Sara Bain Hello Veronica and thanks for your question. The books are part of a trilogy but may also be read as stand-alones. Hope this helps. Best wishes. Sara

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Miriam Smith
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kept-book, urbane
Alas! No enigmatic Gabriel in "The Ghost Tree" this the second in the Libby Butler series, but there is the charming and hunky Scotsman Kie Armstrong. (I have to say the author Sara Bain does like her men *wink wink*)
The book first sets out in rural Scotland in 1695 when Andrew Mackie and his family are being terrorised by the 'Rerrick Parish Poltergeist'. Hundreds of years later MacAoidh (Kie) Armstrong moves into a smallholding built on the grounds of the old haunted land. Has the legend of
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Apparently, I will never outgrow a great ghost story! Sara Bain’s The Ghost Tree had me playing the mental organ music in my head! Whether you believe in ghosts or not, after reading this, I’m going to guess that the next time you hear something go bump in the night, you’re going to remember this tale!

The Ring has a reputation for hauntings, and other strange
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Lucy Catten
Those of you who have followed my reviews for some time may remember me going on about how much I loved The Sleeping Warrior last year. It was without doubt one of my top reads of 2014. Well, Sara Bain has done it again with The Ghost Tree – her second novel, and one of my top reads of 2015. I’m now chomping at the bit for the finale of the trilogy.

So what’s it about?

Five years after the death of his wife, MacAoidh Armstrong moves into a smallholding in southern Scotland with the intention of
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Michael J.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Loved this book. It was well-written, had a hugely entertaining central character and genuinely gave me goosebumps. Should come with a warning that says - should only be read during the hours of daylight!
Babus Ahmed
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second part of a trilogy of books and I have not read the first book in the series, but I understand Prendergast and Libby are recurring characters and Kie is an important new character in this book as he buys the property situated on The Ring, which is the focus of alleged paranormal activity that is affecting Kie and anyone who stays in his home. Despite initial resistance to accept something paranormal might be happening Kie does open his mind to allow investigation by ...more
Robert Enright
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked up 'The Ghost Tree' by Sara Bain from a Twitter recommendation and I am so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed an engrossing story that merges the realms of the paranormal and romance seamlessly.

The tale is about the haunting of a house in rural Scotland, recently purchased by the hunky MacAoidh Armstrong. Although maybe a little unbelievably dreamy in looks and personality, MacAoigh (Kie for short) is a likeable enough protagonist, his never-say-die attitude and bravery really pull the
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Karen
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow read this book in just 2 sittings! Had to put it down at 12.30 this morning as it was scaring me too much.
I've read modern spooky stories & not many of them work but this one hit every button.
Nice funny bits & just enough sexy bits to make the characters believable.
Will be checking out Sara's other book now
Jack Cropley
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unputdownable!

This is one of the best books I've read in years. The story seesaws superbly between love and horror.
Brilliant.
John Fish
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Those who know me will tell you that I am a big fan of reading ‘ghost stories’ during the dark winter months well it sets the tone for some long nights of spooky reading.
When I was offered to the opportunity to review The Ghost Tree by Sara Bain, I just had to jump at the chance, and this is something uniquely special as far as a ghost story is concerned. I thoroughly enjoyed Sara’s prose it captured my imagination for the story and how it flowed, this is a long story at over 400 pages.
This
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Thelastwordreview
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Those who know me will tell you that I am a big fan of reading ‘ghost stories’ during the dark winter months well it sets the tone for some long nights of spooky reading.
When I was offered to the opportunity to review The Ghost Tree by Sara Bain, I just had to jump at the chance, and this is something uniquely special as far as a ghost story is concerned. I thoroughly enjoyed Sara’s prose it captured my imagination for the story and how it flowed, this is a long story at over 400 pages.
This
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Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I haven't read the prequel to this book, but I didn't feel I needed to in order to get a good feel for the storyline and the characters.

One of the interesting aspects to this book, I felt, was the mix of attitudes towards the supposed haunting. I did question the wisdom as to why Kie was insisting on staying in the house after everything that had happened... he was an intriguing character, but I
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Louise Koeleman
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story begins with a recounting of events that took place in 1695, bringing continuity to the story that would keep you reading until the end.
MacAoidh (pronounced MacKie) Armstrong brought property far from his family in Southern Scotland to make a new beginning after his wife’s death, but from the start unexplained things start happening that makes him sometimes doubt his sanity - and legend says that it happens because the Ghost Tree is dead. A break-in but nothings stolen, unexplained
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Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc
* I'd like to thank Sara Bain the author and The Book Club on FB for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

My thoughts : Where to start with this book? From page one I was totally hooked, and when I had to put it down (as apparently sleep is very important) I couldn't wait to pick it back up again.

Set in Southern Scotland we meet MacAiodh ( Mackie), he's moved into a smallholding ready to start a new life but things don't go quite as smoothly as planned. Mackie has a
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Andrew Smith
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
FULL DISCLOSURE: Had The Ghost Tree not been produced by Urbane Publications, the publishing company who publish my next novel in September, I would never have bought this book .... and it would have been a huge loss for me. I'm mightily relieved to be able to honestly say, without bias or prejudice, that The Ghost Tree is entertaining, terrifying, funny, romantic, and thought-provoking. I'm no believer in ghosts or poltergeists, but this book not only gave me pause, I was actually quite scared ...more
Angharad Truelove
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Well, where to start?! By simply saying I loved it and didn't want it to end!! This is a brilliantly constructed novel with several story threads that intertwine beautifully to create a really gripping read. The characters have a wonderful depth that left me feeling that I could empathise with them on a very real level with the action and intensity starting early in the novel. I wondered whether it had peaked too soon but I
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Nora Moffat
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down. I was pleased that it continued the story of a couple of her characters from her first book. I'm not sure if I liked Libby to start with when I first encountered her in Sara's first book "The Sleeping Warrior" but I really like the way she is portrayed, she is a believable character, flawed with a temper, strong, and impulsive. You don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one but I do recommend it, it's a good story.

I used to live in
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Maggie
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get this book to review from THE Book Club and I was really glad I did. It is a bit different to the crime novels I usually read which made a pleasant change- not that everything in the story is pleasant; far from it! Sara Bain creates a spooky scary atmosphere and I don't think this is one to read whilst alone in an old house! The story moves at a good pace and with interesting characters. I admit I sometimes found Libby's comments juvenile and unbelievably rude coming ...more
Sue Thomas
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
MacAoidh Armstrong moves to a remote Scottish smallholding which has been haunted off and on from 1695 He doesn't believe in ghosts but soon discovers that something is haunting the place. He teams up with local lawyer Libby Butler to get to grips with events. What is real? Is it a hoax by some clever locals who don't want him living there or something more sinister? This is an easy read with a lot of action I found it to be well written with a sensible and believable approach to the unquiet ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an arc from the book club (tbc) in exchange for an honest review.
Five years after the death of his wife, MacdAoidh Armstrong moves into a small holding in southern scotland with the intention of living a self-sufficent excistence. In the nearby town solicitor Libby Butler is trying to find peace after her recent deadly brush with the unknown.
Wow. Absolutely fantastic read. I loved it.
I loved the characters. I loved the plot. The way she wrote it felt spooky from page one. I
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Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Macdaoidh Armstrong(Mackie) to his friends moved into a small holding in Southern Scotland five years after his Wife died. With the intencion of living a self- suffient life. Libby Butler is the Town Solicitor in a near by town. She is trying to find peace after her recent deadly brush with the unknown. The Holding Mackie has moved to has been haunted on and off since 1695. He doesn't believe in ghosts but soon realizes something is haunting the place. He teams up with Libby the Solicitor ...more
Mrs D Whitehead
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and came to love the characters in it. This is the second of a series and I read this first by accident!
In some places it meandered and the main character who finds himself haunted prevaracated a little too much and I got a little impatient with him but overall I wanted to see what happened with every page turned, and I do find Libby makes me smile throughout the book - a very good character to have come up with by the author - though she does seem always to get
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Julie Clark
Good

Normally I don't review on Amazon because I don't like to be told how long my review must be but this just looked so lonely with out any reviews. It was a good book. I love the cover and the main characters. The paranormal aspect was good and had an interesting plot and story line. The romance left a little to be desired and the scientific debates went over my head some times but overall was a good story. I didn't realize there is a book previous to this one with Libby in it and I might have
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Peggy
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not a book you want to read in the very early hours of the night when you have a pack of coyotes yelping in your yard...lol. It's a great book, don't get me wrong, but parts of it scared me half way out of my mind...lol. Guess that's the basic of making this one of the very best books I have read so far this year!


*Received for an honest review*
Sarah Bernacki
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive this book for review from THE book club. I love scary books do this is right up my alley.
It starts with a haunting in a farm house in the highlands and the book takes you through a story of modern hauntings and how this affects the person who brought the house. With thrilling twists and lots of paranormal activity this book has it all.
Mollie Ellis
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book and couldn't put it down! Loved the paranormal and historical elements in the story, the book is well written and it really sucks you in, so descriptive in detail. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Annette
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to The Book Club for an ARC of this book. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't find it too scary but the story line was good and made me want to keep reading. All the characters were believable and I particularly warmed to the two main ones with the banter and love interest.
Wanda
The Ghost Tree by Sara Bain is terrific and I will highly recommend the Ghost Tree to all of my friends!

I look forward to reading more from this author.
Ashley
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A somewhat typical chic-lit story with a very scary ghost story.

Read my full review here:

http://readingforsanity.blogspot.com/...

Lisa
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
fantastic. i would read this book before going to bed and it was that scary i slept with the light on.
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