Help for the Haunted

Help for the Haunted

by John Searles


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A Boston Globe Best Crime Novel of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Top Ten "Must List"
Winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award
Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist starred reviews

Sylvie Mason's parents have an unusual occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. After receiving a phone call late one snowy night, they are lured to an old church on the outskirts of town, where Sylvie falls asleep in the car and is awoken by the sound of gunshots.

Orphaned on that night, Sylvie comes under the care of her reckless, distant older sister, still living in the rambling Tudor house that guards the relics of her parents' past. As she pursues the mystery of their deaths, Sylvie's story weaves back and forth between the time leading up to the murders and the months following, uncovering the truth of what happened that night—and the secrets that have haunted her family for years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060779641
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 128,131
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

John Searles is the author of the bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He appears as a book critic on NBC's Today Show, and his essays have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has a master's degree in creative writing from New York University and lives in New York City.

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Help for the Haunted: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down. I didn't have it all figured out at the end which was nice. The story was told through the eyes of a teenage girl but this was not a children's story.
Lexi More than 1 year ago
A decade ago I read "BOY STILL MISSING", and "STRANGE BUT TRUE", both authored by John Searles. Both were compelling reads because they combined interesting character studies with masterfully presented, suspenseful storylines. The same is true in "HELP FOR THE HAUNTED", but taken to a higher level. I often felt as though I hung suspended between chapters - thinking about something disturbing that I had just read, as I confronted a new disturbing scene in the next chapter - and that made for an exciting, page-turning, stay-up-till-the-middle-of-the-night adventure. You'll never look at a Raggedy Ann doll the same way, ever, and you just might fall in love with Sylvie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got an advanced readers copy of this back in July, and I've been waiting since then to write a review! I couldn't put this book down. It had me at the edge of my seat (and bed sometimes) wanting to find out what would happen next. Help for the Haunted is one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a while. I highly reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, suspenseful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I was expecting! Better actually. I found if very suspenseful. The story is told by a young girl and it is easy to get caught up in her life as she explores the mystery of her parents and their supernatural career. I would recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5 days (with a full time job)! This book grabbed by by the arm, pulled me in, and I could not put it down. The characters are interesting. The plot is suspensful, seems clear and then throws in a loop or two changing your view of the story. John Searles is a master!
Icegal74 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It is amazing how you wanted the story to go one way, just for it to go another. Very well written. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read since Gone Girl. I couldn't put it down. I am now going to read Searle's other works. If you like psychological thrillers, this is the perfect read.
JOMONV More than 1 year ago
Perfect read for October! Strong characters, original story, great writing....what more can you wish for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and will definately read more by this author. I had some goose bumps in parts of it and loved the thriller aspects of it also. Read it in a day! Really a great coming of age read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You get so wrapped up in these characters....I started it at 3 am and didn't stop until 4 pm.....this is a book that will keep you guessing until the end....please read this'll be happy you did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not predictable at all with a unique and interesting story line. I enjoyed it and recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of energy in this book. The plot twists through several hairpins but never slows down. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to check out the reader reviews before I made the decision to purchase this book. Half the reviews weren't reviews at all but a bunch of ( hopefully) teenage brainless twits using this space for their juvenile dating BS. Grow some brains and actually read some books and stay off review sites while you decide if he likes her or she likes him or if you all want to put your thumbs up your bums. Based on how much I enjoyed the sample, I think I will purchase this book. Spare us from stupid idiots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book. Just started reading it, but it's interesting from the start. Looking forward to the drama and suspense that comes next...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall great story! The chapters skipped around in time making it a little confusing at first but easily picked back up. Definitely recommend.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Sibling rivalry, family issues and mystery made for a fantastically creepy book!  Told through the voice of a 14 year old, Sylvie is dealing with the loss of both her parents and she was there when they were killed.  While the present story is being told as they try to bring the killer to justice, a parallel story is being told from Sylvie's childhood up to the killing to provide the reader with all of the insight to this family.  
PamBo56 More than 1 year ago
This wasn't what I expected at all, but still worth the time it took to read it. Whether you believe in ghosts/spirits or not, put this on your reading list. I have two criticisms: The narrator jumps back and forth in time frequently in the telling of her story, and it takes a few sentences to realize that she's changed times. Also, the story is a bit wordy, but not too much that I skimmed over parts. A good ghost story that may or may not be a ghost story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. Aside from being well written, the characters and plot line unfolded in a realistic & (cliche as it may be) haunting manner. Looking forward to more from the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew which way the story would turn, and trust me, there were many turns. Wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the anticipation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put put this book down, loved the suspense! Great easy read!
ronnies4 11 months ago
Got to page 82 and realized I had no interest in this book. Put it down and started another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a struggle to get thorough. It seemed like the author was trying too hard. Convoluted. I’m sure his next will be better.