Help for the Haunted by John Searles
A Novel

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...strange goings-on in the Masons’ basement unfold in nonlinear fashion, keeping the reader on edge while Sylvie bravely uncovers her family’s many secrets.
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John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.

Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence.

A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.

Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, Help for the Haunted is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world.

 

About John Searles

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John Searles is an Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan. he is the author of Boy Still Missing and Strange but True, and his essays, articles, and reviews have been published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Redbook, Out, and many other national magazines and newspapers. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 17, 2013 by William Morrow. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Excellent
on Jun 03 2013

...strange goings-on in the Masons’ basement unfold in nonlinear fashion, keeping the reader on edge while Sylvie bravely uncovers her family’s many secrets.

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Lectus cn 5 Oct 2013

The story is told going back and forth between the present and the past, but it was not annoying reading so. It was done in such a way that I really enjoyed the jumps in time.

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