13 Days Of Mid­night

Soul feud

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

384 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor: Leo Hunt Pub­lisher: Or­chard Books

As in­her­i­tances go, a

big fat pile of cash is prob­a­bly bet­ter than an old book and eight ghosts – but that’s pre­cisely what 16- year- old Luke Manchett gets when his TV- ghosthunter dad dies.

Hor­ror needs a strong foun­da­tion of nor­mal­ity in or­der for you to sus­pend your dis­be­lief for the supernatural side of things, and that’s pre­cisely what Leo Hunt builds. Luke’s world of school, rugby and drink­ing cider in the park with his mates feels true, mak­ing the venge­ful spir­its seem both be­liev­able and all the more scary.

It’s a bit of a cliché to have the odd­ball help the hero, but that doesn’t spoil the fun. Adult read­ers won’t be too fright­ened by the story, but it’s sure to be sat­is­fy­ingly chill­ing to the YA read­ers it’s aimed at. Miriam McDon­ald

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