Help for the Haunted
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
When Sylvie’s demonologist parents are murdered, she must adjust to life with her difficult older sister, Rose, as her guardian, and try to piece together the events that happened that brought about her parents’ deaths.
Whenever the phone rang late at night, I lay in my narrow bed and listened.
This book is part creepy mind-bender, part coming-of-age tale, told in the voice of a troubled teen who is just coming to realize the realities of what her parents, renown demonologists, really do for a living. It features a creepy doll, a light in the basement that turns on seemingly of its own volition, a murder mystery, and an abandoned well — all some of my favorite horror story tropes.
My only small complaint is in regard to the ending *HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILERS* because the guilty party was such a minor character with so few clues pointing in that direction that it was nearly impossible for anyone to figure out. Never mind the fact that the answer was literally just handed to Sylvie by complete coincidence.
Overall, a creepy story, one that I enjoyed.