Seven Ghosts by Chris Priestley
Published by: Barrington Stoke
Released: 15th October 2019
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jake and the other finalists in a story-writing competition have been invited to a stately home for a tour like no other. As their guide leads them through grand rooms, hidden nooks and magnificent grounds, they are about to hear the stories of seven ghosts who haunt these walls. But strange shapes and shadows follow Jake as he journeys through the house. The tour guide’s behaviour becomes ever more suspicious. With each tale that he hears, Jake begins to feel more uneasy, and soon he will discover that something is very, very wrong …
Old ghosts are stirred-up for Halloween in this spine-tingling, multi-narrative horror. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
It’s October..it’s spooky season and that means that I am reading a lot of creepy fiction at the moment. So, it’ll be no surprise to you that I chose this month to read Seven Ghosts by Chris Priestley. Aimed primarily at children aged 8 – 12 and especially those with dyslexia or who are reluctant to read, this is one ghost story that all children can enjoy.
In Seven Ghosts we follow Jake, who as one of the finalists in a story writing competition is taken on a tour, along with the other finalists, of a haunted stately home called Grimstone Hall. As they hear about the ghosts that haunt the manor, Jake soon realises he is being followed by shadows, shapes and maybe even the ghosts themselves. Jake then starts to realise that something is very very wrong indeed.
For such a short book, at 120 pages, a lot happens that keeps you wanting to read on and on until you reach the end. The stories of the ghosts haunting Grimstone Hall are all unique, creepy and page turning. I honestly couldn’t wait to find out what the next ghost was going to be like. It’s such an immersive story, with a plot that is full of twists that I’ll admit will shock you just a bit. Each character you meet throughout your journey through this manor house will cause your spine to tingle and your skin to develop goose-pimples, but hey that’s what a ghost story is meant to do, right?
Alongside the story there are some amazing illustrations, drawn by the author himself. As Seven Ghosts was published with reluctant and dyslexic readers in mind, I feel that this will add to their enjoyment of an already amazing, short but sweet creepy story. Each one is so intricately done and so detailed that it certainly paints a bigger picture in your mind of the story itself.
I won’t go into much more detail, as this is a book that I don’t want to spoil and that I think you would enjoy going into without knowing much. I will end by saying that Seven Ghosts was an incredible, spooky read and one that I am glad to have read in the run up to Halloween. This will certainly be a book that I will be getting out each October from now on.