THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL
released OUT NOW! 320 pages | Hardback/ Ebook
Author Peter James
Peter James is hugely popular in the crime fiction world – his Roy Grace novels alone have sold a lead pipedropping 15 million copies – but he also has a sideline in penning supernatural thrillers like 1996’ s Alchemist.
The House On Cold Hill is very much in that vein. It’s a traditional ghost story set in a decrepit mansion 10 miles out of Brighton. The Harcourt family ( wealthy enough to buy an enormous mansion, but still apparently struggling, the poor dears) move in, hoping that it’ll become their dream home. The sinister forces that reside there have other ideas...
The book surprises with an opening chapter that shifts suddenly from tranquility to tragedy. Unfortunately, that’s just about the only twist in a book that’s overly fond of ghost story clichés. This is horror for the ITV1 audience, complete with glowing orbs, a spectral old lady and the uncanny sense that you’ve been here before. You have – if you’ve ever read a haunted house tale or watched an MR James Ghost Story For Christmas. The straightforward prose keeps the narrative rolling along nicely, but this is unlikely to scare anyone but the greenest of horror readers. Will Salmon
James claims that the Sussex manor he used to live in was haunted by not one but four individual ghosts.