THE VISITORS BOOK AND OTHER GHOST STORIES SOPHIE HANNAH
In this small but perfectly formed collection of supernatural short stories, Sophie Hannah, takes the comforting scenes of everyday life and imbues them with a frisson of fear. Why is a young woman so unnerved by the presence of a visitors book in her boyfriend’s inner-city home? And whose spidery handwriting is it that fills the pages? Who is the strangely courteous boy still lingering at a child’s birthday party when all the others have left? And why does the presence of a perfectly ordinary woman in a post office queue leave another customer pallid and quaking with fear?
The visitors Book And Other Ghost Stories is a great tiny hardback that will fit in to your handbag, or add as a super stocking filler. I am not a snob but I liked best, the ghost story of Victoria Scase whose parents and family are snobs. When Victoria visits her boyfriend, Aaron’s house for the first time it is just a two-up, two-down terrace on a street lined with similar houses. It is not that Victoria is a snob but once she is in side of Aaron’s house victoria refuses to sign his visitors book, with gold cursive writing. Nobody leaves or lives without signing it. Sophie Hannah is well-known for tension plots, she is one of my favourite authors. I always seem to find it so easy to get into any of her books.