Help for the Haunted

Help for the Haunted

by John Searles
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Help for the Haunted by John Searles

John Searles’s Help for the Haunted is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.

Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence.

A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.

Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, Help for the Haunted is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062253736
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(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. 109 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!
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Sylvie's parents have an unusual career—they help the haunted. They both have a gift for seeing things that are beyond this dimension, and for knowing how to help. Some people don't understand what they do, and some people think what they do is wrong, or even evil. One night Sylvie's parents get a call and go to a church in order to pick up their older daughter, and instead are murdered. Sylvie's sister Rose now takes care of her. When the only suspect in the murder suddenly produces a solid alibi, Sylvie must look deeper into the past and current lives of her family in order to find out what really happened that night. This book is a suspenseful and almost literary tale, it spins out the clues little by little until the surprising ending. While it was enjoyable, it went too slowly in places and doled out the clues at a snail's pace, which made it somewhat uneven in pace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago