Book Review: W.C. Ryan’s atmospheric A House of Ghosts blends wartime intrigue with a sinister ghost story

1917. At Blackwater Abbey in Devon, a storm is brewing. Lord and Lady Highmount invite renowned mediums, bereaved parents, and one troubled young soldier into their home, all in the hopes of contacting their sons, lost to the war ravaging Europe – much of it powered by the Highmounts’ own armaments.

Thrust unexpectedly into their midst are Donovan and Kate, sent under top secret orders from the government to investigate possible collusion with the Germans. But when Kate reveals a frightening ability to see the dead, and with terrible secrets in the past of almost every guest, there’s plenty lurking in the shadows of W.C. Ryan’s A House of Ghosts.

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