- Chasing Ghosts by Dean Cole
Chasing Ghosts by Dean Cole
Quentin Strange is … well, strange. But it isn’t just his anachronistic sayings and dress sense, the fact that he’s a socially awkward, book-loving loner who’s possibly still a virgin at nearly thirty. He’s seeing and hearing things. Odd things. Ghostly things.
Getting the gig as photographer for The Cricklewood Gazette, he travels with his new partner, journalist Katrina (make sure you call her Kat) Brannigan, to Hilderley Manor, an enormous manor house nestled in the remote countryside of Northern England that is believed to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings. The pair join a ghost hunting team and a group of fellow guests for a long weekend of ghostly activities.
But something dark haunts the draughty corridors of the house. And it links to a decades-old mystery that is about to be uncovered.
A mystery like no other. A story of the supernatural. Of death, and what it does to the living. The first book in a new series, Chasing Ghosts is a quirky British mystery that explores the supernatural elements of our world with touches of LGBT romance, humour and horror.
When it comes to mistakes? I noticed one editing issue, which was Giles labelled as Miles. That's it. But, that's the kind of attention to detail I expect from Cole, who takes such care in their craft.
In the end, Chasing Ghosts went from a story I expected to be mysterious and scary, to a story that captured my heart and made me eager for the next Quentin Strange mystery. The memory with Amy and that final goodbye were touching; the mystery with Joe made me cry; and the flutter of romance with Will gave me hope. All built together to make me love Quentin's quirks and his subtle charm. I went from not liking Kat to being firmly rooted to her character development, and eager to see her succeed.
“If you would like to purchase Chasing Ghosts in paperback,” – Well, don't mind if I do. This is one book I'll be reading again, and a series that I'll be following closely, in the future.
“'Perhaps it's time you give men another go,' she suggested. 'Life's short, and Prince Charming won't sit around waiting until you're ready. He's out there looking for his prince, too. Let's just hope he has bad eyesight, or an equally awful dress sense in your case.'”
“Letting me go doesn't change a thing. I'm already gone and yet I'm still here. All you have to do is light your flame again and you'll see that.”