This is my first time reading John Searles. I always have some trepidations when reading a new suspense or horror writer. Will I be pleasantly surprised or terribly let down?.. Well, I was pleasantly surprised with this particular novel.
The opening scene is a grabber. A young teenage girl, Sylvie and her parents are called to the aide of their other child, Rose who is also a teenager but a bit older and more mundane. They are summoned to meet her at a church after receiving a frantic phone call. The family marches out into a wintry storm. The father is angered at Rose for dragging him out on such a frigid night because of another one of her histrionics . He demands that his wife and his other daughter stay in the car. He will handle the insanity himself. The description of the church, and peaceful snow fall while Sylvie and her mother wait in the car sets such a shocking contrast to the frightening and startling moment when Sylvie awakens to a noise similar to gunshot and finds her mother missing from the front seat. What happens from this point leads you down an interesting journey of murder and the supernatural. This book keeps you fully entranced.3 Comments on A Critique of Help for the Haunted by John Searles