Title: Abberton House by Debbie Ioanna
Publisher: Panther Publishing
Date Published: 1st September 2020
Genre: Horror/Ghost Story
Two families. 100 years apart. A sinister haunting…
It was supposed to be the dream house for Adam, Catherine, and their daughter, Bella. But dream houses can hold secrets. Settling into their new home, the family realise they are not the only inhabitants of Abberton House.
A dark past continues to haunt the idyllic Yorkshire home, and those who remain want Adam and Catherine to know the truth. Frightened, Adam and Catherine begin to piece together what really happened at this once perfect abode.
A missing family, an elderly man searching for the truth, and secrets waiting to be revealed, moving into Abberton House could be the worst decision the family made.
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I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and Panther Publishing for providing me with a copy of Abberton House in exchange for an honest review.
I love a good ghost story, so I was eager to read Abberton House and see what spin the author gave to the classic haunted house trope.
Abberton House follows a dual timeline. First in 1916 we follow the story of Elizabeth, a young mother of three children whose doctor husband Henry has been called up to the war. The second timeline is set one hundred years later when Adam, Catherine, and their daughter, Bella, move into their new house to find something sinister lurking.
I really enjoyed the bit of mystery peppered throughout the story that really kept me hooked. I kept wondering what happened to Elizabeth and her family. Did she run off like everyone said or did something more disturbing happen?
I would definitely recommend this story to people who enjoy a bit of a spooky horror story without too much blood or violence. It’s also quite a short book, but it still had a gentle pace and didn’t seem too rushed.
I wished the author would have amped up the creep factor a little more, as at times the ghosts felt like rather annoying houseguests rather than anything otherworldly. And there were a few aspects of the story that could have been explored further, certain minor characters that I would have liked to have seen more of.
Abberton House is a quick, spooky read with a hint of mystery that kept me entertained and intrigued throughout.
About the author:
Debbie is a multi-genre indie author and blogger who was born in Bradford and lives there with her husband, two-year-old daughter and anti-social cat Cleo. When she isn’t busy being a Mum, working for her local council or studying towards her Open University degree, she is busy focusing on her writing career.
Debbie doesn’t write to just one genre as she likes to write about anything. She is currently working on a romantic-comedy series but who knows what she will be working on in the future. As well as writing novels, short stories and blogs for her website, she is also reviewing other works by indie authors. She is passionate about helping other indie authors as she knows it is a hard world to master and getting reviews is a challenge on its own.
Debbie has been a regular attending author at the UK Indie Lit Fest in Bradford for the last few years and will be returning in 2020, as well as attending events in Shipley and Liverpool for the first time.
Debbie began studying with the Open University in 2015, aiming towards a BA Honours in Humanities, focusing on History and Creative Writing which are her two greatest passions. It is a part-time course, due to end in 2021 which Debbie is hoping means she will have more time to write.