A Place in Time: A Ghost mystery

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A Place in Time: A Ghost mystery (The Spirit of Peterborough Book 1)

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...For those who like literary stories or old style ghost stories...

Nasra is a social worker in Peterborough, along with her friend June and her husband Neil. After coming into possession of a bracelet, she begins to find her life taking a strange turn. June finds that her husband is leading a double life and Nasra is caught up in it. Stranger occurrences and visions start to follow Nasra, although it seem her life is improving while those of her friends is going downhill. This interlinks with a murder, committed several centuries ago in the town, that seems to have something to do with the necklace that Neil is now wearing and who is also beginning to see things as well.

This is a ghost story in an older sense of the word, with strange happenings driving lives in both the past and present. Anyone expecting actual ghosts, will be a little disappointed, it is far more metaphorical in meaning. A curious book to read given that, although most of it takes place in the modern day, the effects of the events in the past have a strong bearing on what is occurring. The plot twines fairly seamlessly between the two times, although some of the overlaps seem a little tenuous and some of the points made are perhaps a little simplistic. However, it does work and some of the action is genuinely exciting to see where it leads. The characters and writing are solid and their interactions give the story its heart, as they do their best to cope with the unearthly occurrences that they are living through. Spelling and grammar through the book were fine although the descriptions can sometimes be confusing as to what exactly is happening but that would tally with the characters thoughts and ideas.

Overall, it’s a fine, slightly wordy story, with a more classical ghost story at its heart. For those who like literary stories or old style ghost stories, this would be ideal for them, but maybe worth reading even for the small hint of supernatural content contained within it.

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