If you enjoyed The Dead Summer by Helen Moorhouse, you may also like its sequel The Dark Water. Martha and Will are together. The book opens on a Halloween night and Will is off to an old and recently renovated house in Edinburgh desperately trying to record and proof the existence of paranormal activities. It is hard evidence he is after, sieving through and rejecting the ones that are merely blurred shadows, reflections that trick the eye and make people believe that what they see are spirits. Will and Gabriel aren’t in the best of terms since Gabriel decided to star in a psychic medium in a ghost hunting TV show Ghosts R Us, a program that according to Will, has compromised his reputation. Martha is saddened that the two best friends refuse to speak to each other.
On the same Halloween night Gabriel is alone in his apartment and terrified. Spirits that would usually seek his attention at this time of the year are not present. The absence of one in particular worries him, his spiritual guide and his brother Laurence. Nevertheless he knows that he is not alone. He didn’t hear anybody but someone was leaving their fingerprints around his dusty apartment, moving stuff and leaving handwritten notes with the same message “Do it.”
Paraller to their story, another one happening in the ’60 is described and it shows a young girl who has finally found the courage to leave her violent and abusive partner. Claire finds a refuge and a job in the Turnbull family house. She feels safe and happy there. The only disturbance is the presence of Mr Ball aka Uncle Jack, who spends the summers in the house and whose personality she fears, it reminds her of the life she gladly left behind.
Gabriel receives an invitation to Dubghlas Castle where he used to spend his summer holidays when he was a kid. The letter he received is from an old butler that works for his godfather, asking him to come and help with a problem they are experiencing, one of a supernatural nature. He is worried that he may not be able to help as he seems to have lost his gift. He pleads Martha to convince Will to take his equipment and accompany him.
Martha’s ex-husband suddenly contacts her demanding regular contact with Ruby. She doesn’t welcome this new development and is dreading having to tell Will, who loves the girl like his own daughter.
Eventually the whole group with little Ruby in tow, takes the journey up north to the Highlands, to the Castle. Big old scary house. Secrets, people don’t want to spill. Interesting plot. A page turner. A good read. You may want to sleep with the night light on. 😉 3 hand prints , pumpkins or leaves
Hand prints, pumpkins or leaves rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time