Without giving too much away, this is a very well crafted novel. James spends the first 1/3 of the book laying the foundations and then proceeds to build the drama on top of that. Solid foundations give this an excellent feel throughout.
The lead role is played by an American (a first?). He and his English family move from London to the rugged north Devon coast. A temporary move while he is seconded. They rent Crickley Hall. Of course not all is well at Crickley Hall, but the Secret is what lies behind the mysterious and distressing events.
Not too much horror in this one, but a few chilling moments – brilliantly described, as always. It has similarities with Haunted and a style not too dissimilar to Once. Enjoy!
Caryl Chessman sniffs the air and leads the parade, he knows in a scent, you can bottle all you made.