Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the book birthday blitz for Haunted by Tessa Buckley and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
Alex doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he is about to have his beliefs challenged…
When Jimmy Devlin asks the twins to investigate the strange things that have been happening at The Priory, Alex seizes the opportunity to prove to his sister that there is no such thing as ghosts. However, it soon becomes clear that unquiet spirits are not the only problem facing the Devlin family.
Are the family servants hiding secrets? Has a valuable ring been stolen, or just mislaid? And what has happened to Jimmy’s missing elder brother, Harry? As the twins and Jimmy try to solve the many mysteries of The Priory, they discover they are dealing with a very dangerous enemy…
In this book we meet siblings, Alex and Donna who are soon caught up in a mystery involving their friend. Strange occurrences have been happening at The Priory where their friend, Jimmy lives. Alex firmly denies that ghosts are to blame whereas Donna is much more open to the possibility of a more supernatural answer. Both eager to prove the other wrong they jump at the chance to investigate!
The story itself had a great mystery with the big questions being is everything actually down to ghosts? Or is there a more earthly reason? Even though this is book two in The Eye Spy Series it easily reads as a standalone story. There were a few mentions of the first case that Alex and Donna were involved in but nothing that would confuse new readers like myself.
I decided to read Haunted with my two children, 8 and 6. Both were equally interested in listening to me read the story. However I think on the whole my 8 year old was the most intrigued. Haunted is aimed at 9-12 years old so this was very close to his age. He did read a few pages here and there but he found a few of the words quite tricky. So this book could be suited to an 8 year old if they were at a more advanced reading level. I liked the fact that the words used within the story were words that he might not have necessarily come across in books before so that was another positive thing for me.
I thought the brother/sister relationship was portrayed brilliantly. As they investigate there are typical arguments and disagreements. However when it comes down to it they really are there for each other. The main issue they have is their disagreements over whether ghosts are real. I thought the addition of the question over a supernatural element was great. With a few spooky moments dotted here and there to intrigue any child. I found the writing throughout to be descriptive and certainly set the scene. Haunted is a story with a solid mystery and a likeable set of characters.
Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, andspent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read. This led, in 2016, to the publication of Eye Spy, the first in a series of detective stories for 9-12 year olds, designed to encourage reluctant readers. The second book in the series, Haunted, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017.
Tessa lives with her husband and a large white cat called Pippa. in a town on the Thames estuary, which inspired the seaside setting for the novels. She also writes about health and nutrition, and family history, which has been her passion for many years.
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