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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  38 reviews
"Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think." Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between - everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted. One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Fledgling Press
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Bookread2day
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

MY FAVOURITE NOVEL

Quite a chilling novel. I would go far as to say that it could be classed as a thriller. I certainly didn’t see the chilling ending coming. Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think. It’s the ghost of a girl who died there during the War, that’s what they say. The house Augusta McAndrew lived in with her grandmother is in the middle of a private estate and surrounded by forest. Occasionally people come to look for the ghost. Sometimes people may see her at one
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Allie Bock
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the author and publisher. Thank you to Love Books tour for having me. This is my honest opinion.

*Ghost*is a thriller that has some romance and a touch of horror. And it really does have some horror.


The reader is introduced to the old Langlands House set out in the beautiful countryside of Scotland. This old house has seen lots of secrets. It's 1945 when we meet Ghost (Augusta) who lives there with her grandmother as they hide out from WWII. The story is told in first
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Christina Scholz
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Collected Tweets and notes while reading - so you basically get a fake live feed.)

Love how this novel is playing with ghost story tropes. Reached page 25 (!) and am now utterly thrown off-track concerning the historical setting. This is exactly the book I needed.
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I like this book so much. The sun is shining outside, but I feel very much like curling up on the sofa (if the back permits) with my cup of cinnamon coffee and this story.
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Oh well, the vitamin D isn't making itself.
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Now I'm doing
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Beadyjan
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully haunting coming of age with a difference. Review to follow as part of Blog Tour.
Simon Leonard
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Helen's that I have read and will now be looking out for more of them.

The book is a brilliant spine-chilling tale about a girl who lives in an alleged haunted mansion with her grandmother. Things get decidedly stranger once her grandmother vanishes and the story picks up pace.

This book is very hard to review without giving any spoilers away so this review will be nice and short and vague so you can enjoy the book without any preconceptions, which is how I read it, as I
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Kendra
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A languorous, romantic mystery, with an ending that'll stick in your mind.
Elenor Jakobsson
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, it was a bit different from what I have recently read but very good written as always. Don't want to spiol anything so won't write much but I hade to think a lot while reading to get an idea of when the book was set until everything was turned upside down again. =)
Moira McPartlin
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration, scottish
If you like intrigue and mystery set in crumbling old houses you will love this. It is a real page turner.
Andie
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75*
- finished reading it today and woah, this is one amazing read;
- the plot was impeccable; didn't drag, was consistent, kept me interested;
- the characters were stunning;
- the writing was amazing;
- what more do you want out of a book, honestly?
- inducer of spine tingles and curling toes but not actually horror, for which I live.
A Colleen Jones
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've just read it on my e-reader, and it's a corker! Seventeen-year old woman has been living in an old house in a remote part of Scotland with her grandmother, who disappears. Many intriguing things happen after that. It is spine-tingling, mysterious, horrifying, delightful, and deliciously macabre. I'll say no more. Read it (under a cosy blanket and with a light on)!
Mieneke
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, young-adult, 2018
I’m a huge Helen Grant fan. I love her work and her heroines are always amazing. As she always incorporates where she lives in her work, previously Germany and Belgium, I was really looking forward to seeing how her moving to Scotland would inspire her work. Especially as I’ve seen moody and slightly eerie photos of overgrown castles and graveyards pop up on her social media feeds a lot. Thus, when Ghost was announced and I was offered a review copy, I was super excited to say yes. And oh boy, ...more
Veronica Barton
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Helen Grant takes you on chilling read that will keep you guessing until the very last page is read. Augusta 'Ghost' McAndrew lives in the remote Scottish estate, Langlands House, with her grandmother, Rose, shielded from the outside world and convinced that she is living in the 1940s during the war. They grow their own food, wear the ancient gowns of their ancestors, and keep up the rooms of the house as they can. Only Rose leaves the estate to go out for essentials. Augusta is soon to ...more
Donna Maguire
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I loved the suspense in this one, it really added to the haunting atmosphere I had when reading the book and it was definitely chilling in places.

I really enjoy this kind of book, one that can keep me up at night as I am completely gripped with the story and I can't put it down as I need to know what happens! I really enjoyed the characters and thought that they were developed really well and they were spot on for the plot.

I loved the writing style and I
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Pamela Scott
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is my first time reading the author. I thoroughly enjoyed Ghost and enjoyed every page. I loved the premise and thought it was very original. It raised so many questions that were gradually answered across the course of the novel. Why did Augusta need to stay hidden? Why was her existence such a secret? When Rose doesn’t return, Augusta learns the true extent of her grandmother’s secrets. Why did Rose tell Augusta it was 1945 when it’s 2017? Can she
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Joanne Sheppard
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helen Grant's latest novel, Ghost, captured my interest right from the very start. As the title suggests, it's a ghost story of sorts, but almost certainly not the kind of ghost story you're expecting. The Ghost of the title is really Augusta, a 17-year-old who lives at Langlands, a remote Perthshire mansion that's entirely off-grid. As we read on we discover that this isn't the full extent of Ghost's isolation: she lives with her grandmother, has never left Langlands' environs and, most ...more
Heidi
This review was originally post to This Is My Bookshelf

Thanks to Love Books Group for organising this blog tour. I was sent a copy of this novel for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.

From the blurb, I had an idea for how I thought this was going to go. I wasn’t even close. It was so much better. A big part of what makes this novel so great is how unexpected everything in. So, this review is going to be frustratingly vague I’m afraid!

What I can tell you is that I was captivated for
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Erica Mae Campos
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at my blog for the LoveBooksGroup blog tour: https://bookishpuffcorn.wordpress.com...

Ghost by Helen Grant is a mystery read. It is undeniably catchy just from the cover and the title. Enough with all the formality, finishing this book left me in my most frustrated state!

The story revolves around the Langlands house, a remote and said-to-be hunted home of the ghost girl from the World War. Old Grandmother rose and her granddaughter, Augusta, who is also known as Ghost are
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Michelle Ryles
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
I was really looking forward to reading Ghost; the mysterious key on the cover alone gave me goosebumps so I prepared myself for some spine-tingly reading. It's an unbelievably addictive book; at only 10% in my Goodreads status shows that I found it 'intriguing and spine-tingling' and as the mystery unravels it gets even more interesting.

Augusta is living at Langlands with her Grandmother, Rose. As a young child, Augusta couldn't pronounce her name correctly so the name of 'Ghost' stuck. Rose
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Mary Picken
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is an endless source of joy to me that book reviewing sends you curve balls you weren’t expecting, would not necessarily have chosen to receive and yet which delight and surprise you when they do arrive.

Ghost was like for me. I’d had a good few dark books and was looking for something out of the ordinary. This book is certainly that!

Rather beautifully written, it has a silvery gossamer web all of its own which wraps you up in the story, keeps you captive and then feeds you to the spider
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Bernadette Robinson


This was a recent read at my local Library Reading Group. I gave this a 4 stars or 8/10.

I found this a sad read if I am completely truthful. I felt for 'Ghost' as Augusta was known, brought up by her grandmother Rose, she has lead a very sheltered life and knows only Langlands the house that she has lived in for most of her life. Tom McAllister and his father are employed by Rose to do some minor repairs on the crumbling old house, that they live in.

Without giving too much away Tom becomes
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Jo Barton
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a distinctly creepy feel to Ghost, as right from the beginning there is something odd about the young woman, Augusta who lives, in isolation, at the gothic Langlands House with her grandmother. When Rose, her elderly grandmother mysteriously disappears, Augusta, too used to being hidden away from people, is distrustful and wary of strangers. And then Tom enters into Augusta's life which adds a whole new dimension to what is a deeply unsettling story.

The chilling atmosphere at Langlands
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Simon Leonard
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Helen's that I have read and will now be looking out for more of them.

The book is a brilliant spine-chilling tale about a girl who lives in an alleged haunted mansion with her grandmother. Things get decidedly stranger once her grandmother vanishes and the story picks up pace.

This book is very hard to review without giving any spoilers away so this review will be nice and short and vague so you can enjoy the book without any preconceptions, which is how I read it, as I
...more
Meggy
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Once in a while, we stumble upon a book. We don’t know why but we are drawn to it. This is what happened to me with Ghost by Helen Grant.


Of course, cover love was in the air. A grainy white sheet of paper bearing a typewritten title accompanied by an old golden key, like a personalised invitation to another world.


Stepping into Augusta’s world is like coming out of a time machine. Welcome to the 1940s. World War II’s shadow hangs above Langlands house, the remote estate the seventeen years old

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jane horton
Long winded and tedious

I bought this book because of the reviews, but I really cannot understand why people rate it so highly. It was very slow moving, lacked any suspense whatsoever and the ending was a complete anticlimax. I really don't know why anyone would write this book - there was not even an attempt to develop characters, simply cardboard cut-outs moving through a, frankly weak, plot.
graham morgan
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I don't usually read books like this but I was bewitched and entranced by the characters , the place the story, beautiful. I found the ending devastating. Looking forward to reading more books by Helen
Megan Luhrs
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This was shelved as Adult Fiction but it is better suited to the young adult audience. Having said that it was a good read, I finished it quickly. I think Tom's character was more relatable than ghosts'. Helen Grant has left an opening for a sequel, if she wanted to go on with this story.
melissa
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I thought it would be.

This book was entertaining at the beginning but quickly devolved into a worry going nowhere story. Read the first few chapters and then the last two and you have the complete picture.
Cordelia Rose
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love all of this author’s books and this one was no exception. I kept thinking I knew exactly where the plot was going and what was going to happen, and then something that had never even crossed my mind would happen instead. This book is phenomenal and blew me away.
Sarah  T
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The initial premise was interesting and the ending was good. Shame that all the stuff in the middle was a tad turgid.
Denise Trueman
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really imaginative set up and a great sense of atmosphere. Sadly for me the plot spirals melodramatically out of control and credibility towards the end.
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Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009.[1] It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has also been published in Germany as Die Mädchen des Todes, and has been published in Spain, Holland and the US.

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