A chilling, suspense-filled ghost story from multimillion-copy bestselling author Peter James, now also a hit stage show.
Ollie and Caro Harcourt are moving house with their twelve-year-old daughter Jade. Ollie is desperate to leave the city. Caro is less sure. Then they view Cold Hill House, a dilapidated rural mansion, and fall instantly in love. It’s expensive, but with its space, seclusion and huge grounds it seems like a brilliant idea.
That is, until they arrive.
It soon becomes apparent that they are not alone. A spectral woman appears on screens and walks the corridors, vanishing before she can be challenged. Strange occurrences become ever more common. Then Caro starts seeing faces, always looking out of the same upstairs window.
The room behind it could hold the key to the disturbing secret behind the house’s mysterious past. Except for the fact that the room doesn’t seem to exist…
A blood-chilling horror novel from one of the true masters of thrills, perfect for fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Praise for The House on Cold Hill
‘Impeccable’ The Sunday Times
‘Superbly creepy modern horror story’ Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror
‘James is a compelling storyteller and he ratchets up the tension in increments, so that his readers will be suitably terrified. By the time you want to scream 'Look behind you!', it's already too late.’ Daily Mail
The chains that rattle in this unsettling contemporary gothic are not spectral but financial: mortgages and work contracts that bind the owners to their haunted mansion. The Harcourts spouses Ollie, a website developer, and Caro, a property lawyer, along with daughter Jade move to a Georgia country house in need of repair and, it seems, exorcism. Jade thinks the haunting is charming until the phantoms turn threatening. And Ollie finds his own perceptions of reality are increasingly unreliable as his health and his business start to suffer. James (the Roy Grace mysteries) neatly interlaces the traditional (spooky old building, eccentric locals, legend of missing/murdered wife) with the modern (ghosts as persistent energy patterns that can interact with the Internet and cell phones), never losing the essential heart of the horror as it derails the lives of its victims. After an opening scene of gore, the novel takes time to build to its final unavoidable and understated tragedies.