House of Echoes

House of Echoes

by Barbara Erskine

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When Joss Grant inherits Belheddon Hall in Essex from the mother she never knew, she and her husband, Luke move in with their young son, Tom. All Joss knows of the house is that her two young brothers died there many years ago, but local townspeople talk of a curse on both the house and Joss's family.

Something is definitely wrong at Belheddon Hall. White roses are found strewn throughout the house, a ghostly voice whispers, "Katherine" and the laughter of young boys echoes through its rooms.

But, after the birth of her second son Joss realizes that someone or something is determined to ruin her family. Her husband and her sister Lyn, who has come to help care for the baby, suspect otherwise. When the marks of violent pinches start appearing on both boys, it seems that Joss is truly responsible for any danger at Belheddon Hall.

Isolated and fearful of losing her family, Joss is on her own in solving the centuries-old curse of the house and saving her sons, before another generation falls victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451181954
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barbara Erskine made headlines when she was paid the highest-ever advance for a first novel by an English writer for Lady of Hay. She is also the author of Midnight Is a Lonely Place.

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House of Echoes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Joss inherits Belhedon Hall there is more to it then meet's the eye not just a cold and old damp hall. Voices are heard laughter, of small boy's and when Joss's own son Tom goes into hysteric's at the sight of a tin man, Joss start's to realise something is not quite right at Belhedon Hall. Drawn into historical detail as well as ghostly happenings Ms Erskine has captured the right measure for me, this is story telling at it's best, and most definitely should not be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with Kimberly. This was a teriffic ghost story. It was the best supernatural novel ever. I throughly enjoyed it. The book portrays a sense of compelling that is hard to explain. It pulls you into an immense world of fact and fiction. You want to keep flipping through the pages once you start! Keep it up Erskine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I keep it on my bookshelf and will reread it in the future several times. It's truly a great ghost story with a lot of great descriptions of an old house. If you enjoy ghost stories and like to scare yourself, this is the one for you. I recommended it to my mom and a friend and they loved it too. It's fun to read on a cold, dark night! Enjoy!
refashionista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A slightly creepy ghost story with a bit of a twist -- the family curse. I really enjoyed this read and couldn't put it down until I was done.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
July 12, 2002House of EchoesBarbara ErskineI was thrilled to find this in hardcover at the Half Price Books on Northwest Highway, because it¿s out of print now. I¿d heard of it, but when I looked for it on Amazon it was unavailable. It¿s a haunted house story ¿ my favorite, of course! It¿s also a ¿poor girl inherits a mansion from her mother who gave her up for adoption years ago¿ story, which is even better. And it takes place in England ¿ always a great setting for a haunted house story. It¿s not Barbara Michaels ¿ who is? ¿ but it was entertaining. Joss (Jocelyn) learns that she¿s inherited a great mansion from her mother, who she¿s never known, and since she and her husband are about to go broke, it¿s a good thing, isn¿t it? (chuckle). Anyway, she, the husband (can¿t remember his name) and their little boy move in, and right away strange things start to happen. Strangely enough because I can¿t stand kids, I was sometimes genuinely disturbed by the things that happened to the little boy, Tom. He was being harmed by the spirit in the house, and the descriptions of his tears and frantic cries had me feeling angry at his ignorant parents, who couldn¿t seem to figure out that something was deliberately hurting and scaring him. So, the writer did a good job in playing with my emotions ¿ well done! I also liked the ending, which didn¿t result in some tacky fire or them leaving the house behind (I hate that).
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