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Those who live in silence hear them best . . .Dominic Lancaster hoped to prove himself to his family by excelling in the Navy during World War II. Instead he is wounded while serving as a gunner, and loses his leg. Still recovering from his wounds and the trauma of his amputation when the Blitz begins, Dominic finds himself shuffled off to the countryside by his family, alThose who live in silence hear them best . . .Dominic Lancaster hoped to prove himself to his family by excelling in the Navy during World War II. Instead he is wounded while serving as a gunner, and loses his leg. Still recovering from his wounds and the trauma of his amputation when the Blitz begins, Dominic finds himself shuffled off to the countryside by his family, along with his partially deaf sister, Octavia. The crumbling family estate on the shores of Ullswater is an old, much-neglected place that doesn’t seem to promise much in the way of happiness or recovery.Something more than a friendship begins to flourish between Dominic and his nurse Rose in the late autumn of that English countryside, as he struggles to come to terms with his new life as an amputee. Another thing that seems to be flourishing is Octavia’s hearing.As winter descends, sinister forces seem to be materializing around Octavia, who is hearing voices of children. After seeing things that no one else can see and hearing things that no one else can hear, Octavia is afflicted with a sickness that cannot be explained. With Octavia’s help, Dominic sets out to find the truth behind the voices that have haunted his sister. In doing so, he uncovers an even older, darker evil that threatens not only Octavia, but Rose and himself.Jonathan Aycliffe delivers a disturbingly tense ghost story set in the middle of World War II during England’s darkest hour, demonstrating that some fears are timeless . . ....

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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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The Silence of Ghosts Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-11-01 02:04

    The story in itself is interesting and I love that the book is written in a diary form. But it's never scary, never even chilly to read or not even a tiny bit suspenseful. It's just a ghost story that lacks the horror, which is unfortunate since I really hoped to read something that would chill my blood. But alas, perhaps next horror book will do that. Also, I was a bit disappointed with the ending; "that's it? Is this how it going to end?" Perhaps I just wanted a more horrific ending...lolThank you Edelweiss for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

  • Fiona MacDonald
    2018-11-10 07:14

    There aren't many truly scary books nowadays. They are mostly about aliens or vampires, so it's lovely to find a genuinely creepy book. This was terrifying. Just what I wanted. It was also incredibly sad and mournful and I can't stop thinking about it now it's over. It's just what I wanted, a scary story about a scary house and scary ghosts told in a relatable and eloquent way. Mr Aycliffe is on my TBR list now.

  • Christopher Roden
    2018-10-31 04:04

    I'll make it quite clear at the outset: I am a fan of Jonathan Aycliffe's ghost stories. I've stuck with them since the NAOMI'S ROOM made its stunning debut back in 1991, and was delighted to be able to publish a limited edition of THE TALISMAN in 1999. I've felt however, that there had been a slight drop-off in quality with his last book, A GARDEN LOST IN TIME, and was thrilled, therefore, by the news that THE SILENCE OF GHOSTS was to appear after a longish hiatus while the author was engaged on other things.Children are a regular feature in Aycliffe's plots, and THE SILENCE OF GHOSTS has its fair share - all of them affected in some way by the horrible past events at Hallinhag House, a remote property near Ullswater in the English Lake District, found to be owned by Charles Lancaster following the death of his uncle Dominic. I'm writing nothing of the plot here - it's a fairly simple one, and the book is a quick read, as is usual with Aycliffe.I will, however, express disappointment that THE SILENCE OF GHOSTS does seem to be an exercise of 'going through the motions'of writing a ghost novel. The hauntings themselves - even though the haunters have a nastiness - don't really frighten, or raise the hairs on the back of the neck. And there are implausibilities to cope with, too: in one scene Ullswater has frozen overnight sufficient to enable a group of people to cross the ice on foot . . . but temperatures the following morning are high enough that the ice has thawed. Those who know the Lake District and Ullswater will cringe at the improbability (nay, impossbility) of this taking place!Sadly, too, the novel suffers from editorial neglect. The opening pages are jumpy, and the novel struggles to really get going and grip the reader - there are too many repetitions, too many mixed tenses for comfort.Having said all that, there is still a certain charm here. I'd just hoped for more from an Aycliffe revival.

  • Randolph Carter
    2018-11-15 04:54

    I need to make a few things clear at the start. I really like ghosts. Vampires are good too. Zombies, werewolves, shape-shifters don't turn my crank, but I really like ghosts. Ghost stories. So there's a bias already built in here. Second, the ghosts are real. Get used to it. You don't have any trouble with demon cars, giant worms, monsters of other various sorts, space aliens, etc. Ghosts are real. At least here they are, so no whining about your difficulty with suspending disbelief; ghosts are real. Nobody in this story is the slightest bit skeptical. Otherwise quit reading now.This is a pretty good modern ghost story and ghosts are always bad news. There are no good ghosts. Ghosts are not here to help you. You may use them but be careful what you call, that you can control it, and put it down, otherwise...Aycliffe is one of the few modern writers that can pull off a long form Stephen King/Peter Straub style ghost story, and he does so here. Sure there's an awkward romance involved, but we can pass that by as period window dressing. Just buy it and move on. Some of the characters are two dimensional, but that's not the point. There are ghosts and they are bad news when they show up and nobody is skeptical and they are gonna eat your soul.When all is said and done Aycliffe says something rather profound about how we are all crippled by our ghosts but that only comes if you're paying attention.

  • Jordi
    2018-10-22 02:11

    This is the weakest among all the books I have read so far from this author.It is a ghost story, as usual, but without punch, there are scarcely scary scenes and when you finally gets its cue, it's barely that. The storyline seems to be not profited enough, flat characters and even plods (it is a 190 pages book). In the end all is tied enough to bestow a decent end, cyclic story of sad, human mistakes, but just a plain story.

  • Nick
    2018-10-29 10:01

    An old fashioned, very English ghost story. It is set during WW2 and Downton Abbey kept coming to mind. The characters and settings are stiff upper lip types dealing in Port with a large holiday mansion which is haunted. I kept picturing Hugh Grant as the main character.The story flows and the hauntings are explained as the characters delve into their families secrets and the history of the house. It does have a good atmosphere and there are a couple of good scenes which are creepy, menacing and full of dread but there isn't enough of them.It did make a change from reading gritty urban English horror. It is a good solid tale but is not scary enough. It was all a bit restrained. The writing style is the opposite of descriptive, compact and too the point. I felt like I was touching the surface and a more detailed and deeper story was bubbling underneath.This is the author's latest book and was published in 2013, 9 years after his last novel. I have his first book, Naomi's Room which is considered to be one of his best, sitting on my shelf and I look forward to reading it.

  • Jordan West
    2018-10-26 10:18

    3.5; probably the strongest thing Aycliffe has written since 'The Talisman' - entertaining and provides some strong atmospheric chills, but still a far cry from the likes of 'The Matrix', which ranks amongst the greatest works of fiction ever written in the Jamesian tradition.

  • Plum-crazy
    2018-11-20 04:19

    A ghost story of the "traditional" kind & a good one too! The book opens with Charles Lancaster's introduction to his grandfather's diaries & how, as his grandfather's sole heir, he has inherited a property called Hallinhag House. Despite the locals trying to put him off going to the house, Charles goes to explore his inheritance where he encounters a young girl Octavia, who would appear to be a...yes, you've guessed it... ghost!The remainder of the story is told from Dominic's diary from being invalided out of the navy & sent to the lakes, up to the death of his sister Octavia....that's not a spoiler, as you know she's dead given that she makes a ghostly appearance in Charles' intro!It's not an action packed or gory novel but is quite creepy & spooky - just like a good traditional ghost story should be. More surprisingly I didn't feel let down or disappointed in the ending like I am often wont to do with horror novels & I ended the book with a very satisfied smile :o)

  • Matthew Baker
    2018-11-20 06:11

    I am very happy to state ghost stories can still be entertaining. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure a tale about haunting spirits could still be fun, given the amount of horror that is published and produced every day…but author Jonathan Aycliffe shows us ghosts are still worth reading with THE SILENCE OF GHOSTS, his most recent offering published by Night Shade Books. And although the book doesn’t bring anything new to the table in regard to these bodiless specters, this is still a rousing and thrilling story that fans of horror will love.I didn’t realize Jonathan Aycliffe was actually a pen name for writer Denis MacEoin. I’ve never read anything by either name, however I found this interesting while researching Aycliffe for this review. I always wonder what the motivation is for pen names, whether it be anonymity or simply entertainment.THE SILENCE OF GHOSTS is written well and flows at a smooth pace. The main story is presented in diary form, which intensifies the suspense as it becomes more personal. I like how Aycliffe achieves a heightened state of intensity by using this form. The characters are well-rounded and believable. None are stereotypical, however each individual is interesting and fleshed out to the point of realism. I felt a particular connection to Dominic on a personal level, as I have been the “black sheep” of my own family at one point in time. This deepened my immersion into the story and allowed me to have a more emotional reading experience.THE SILENCE OF GHOSTS is a big win for me, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good, solid ghost story. As I mentioned above, it doesn’t present anything new or unexplored about ghosts, but it’s fun and full of energy. The book is available now, so give it a shot.

  • Suzanne (The Grand World of Books)
    2018-11-15 09:12

    I would like to thank Night Shade Books and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this book.I like a good ghost story. I have since I was old enough to check out my first ghost story from the elementary school library and get the chills for that first time. There's just something exciting about that adrenaline rush that comes from being scared. Especially lying in bed, in the dark, reading about ghosts, and just KNOWING that something is going to sneak up behind you! This book completely achieved that exciting feeling for me a few times, and it was so thrilling, because I haven't had a good scare like that in so long that I thought I'd grown immune.The reason I'm giving this book only 3 1/2 stars is because in between the ghost chills, I didn't connect well with the rest of the story. I liked the connection between Dominic and Rose, but would have liked more about Octavia than there was. And somehow everything that wasn't the connection between Dominic and Rose and anything to do with Octavia just fell flat. Especially the interaction with Dominic and Octavia's parents and Rose's Mom. The interactions felt really forced all around, and unnatural.But I think that's a lot just me, and I feel like I can easily recommend this to anyone looking for a ghost story. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and I am never compensated for my reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Janette Fleming
    2018-11-05 03:07

    When the Blitz starts in London, Dominic Lancaster, injured out of service at the battle of Narvik, accompanies his 10 year old sister Octavia to the family house on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District.Octavia is profoundly deaf but at night she can hear disturbing noises in the house. When questioned by Dominic as to what she can hear, she replies: 'voices'. Two nights later she comes into his bedroom to tell him that the dead children in the house want them to leave.And then Octavia falls mysteriously ill... during her sickness she tells Dominic he must go to the attic. There, he releases an older, darker evil that threatens the lives of Olivia and himself.I am a fan of Jonathon Aycliffe whose well written stories are dark, disturbing and incredibly chilling and the latest is no exception. Set during the Second World War this wonderfully atmospheric tale tales place in the Lake District at an isolated house in the winter.Hallinhag House in the little village of Ullswater, is full of memories, whispering voices and a creeping menace.Perfect for dark winter nights…..

  • Kat
    2018-10-25 07:52

    I absolutely loved this one! Aycliffe is a wonderful writer. His wording when he described the ghosts made me feel like I was right there experiencing the hauntings myself. The characters were engaging and likable... well ..the main characters were. I mean I really and truly cared for them. The leading man's parents were horrible, and a few relatives were horrible, but the story didn't really revolve around them. I did find myself wondering how the man and his little sister turned out so nice with such horrible parents and relations. I enjoyed the backdrop of WW ll very much. The Silence of Ghosts was a ghost story, yes , but with a historical bent. Excellent! I will be reading more of Mr. Aycliffe for sure!

  • Pop Bop
    2018-10-25 07:21

    Admirable, Entertaining, and Worth ConsideringYou know how some English ghost stories are so mild and restrained that nothing happens? Oh, there was a shadow on the window, or a cool breeze in the stairwell, or someone moved the tea tray. And then there are some ghost stories that are filled with multi-tentacled creatures, madness, blood, entrails and gore, right from page one? Well, for me at least, this book struck a happy medium. MILD SPOILER ALERT Here, there are ghosts - they appear and interact with our heroes. There is threat and danger. There is a mystery. But, while there is a slow build up of dread and menace, it's not too slow and the action commences early enough that the book isn't just teasing and then an ambiguous ending. The general sense of the knowledgeable fan reviews I've read is that this isn't Aycliffe's best work and it isn't his worst work. I don't know about that because I don't know this author that well. It did seem to me that in terms of the here and now appeal of this particular book, it was quite entertaining and just right as an honestly and efficiently crafted ghost/mystery story. And, it was certainly much, much better than other ghost stories I have read recently.It helps that the author offers a nice balance between exposition and action, and between incredulity and acceptance. Our hero doesn't spend 90% of the book in denial, but he also isn't totally credulous. He is as brave as he needs to be and establishes the "normalcy" you need to make the incredible parts of the story work. There are some sketchy bits and a few overlong bits, but by and large I felt that I was rewarded in the same measure that I had invested in the book. There were a few twists and turns, the author tried to toss in the occasional surprise, and the whole thing came together as well as could be expected for a ghost story.There is a romance between our hero and his brave and loyal nurse, and it is actually adult, natural feeling, and a positive contribution to the depth and richness of the tale. Along the same lines, there a number of "local" characters and they are developed well enough to add some variety and misdirection to the tale. Our hero's sister is a sympathetic figure who drifts in and out of the story, but she certainly held the reader's attention from time to time.So, my bottom line is that this was a well written, occasionally touching and generally well plotted story that did as much as could be expected given the genre and that offered a few well earned thrills. I'm not sure what more you could ask as a casual reader. (Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Rowena Holloway
    2018-11-02 02:10

    Aycliffe spins a tale of love, and loss and dark family secrets and proves that some grand old homes have much more than skeletons hidden in the airing closets. Charles Lancaster is shocked to learn he has inherited Hallinhag House, a centuries-old manor just outside the Lake District village of Howtown. Down on his luck, he sees this unexpected windfall as a blessing. Yet he soon discovers that something is terribly wrong at Hallinhag, now claimed by mould and decay but apparently occupied by a young girl. Through the diary entries of Dominic Lancaster, his grandfather and the last person to stay in the house, the terrible truth about Hallinhag is revealed.The foreshadowed tension Charles brings to the story in the opening chapters is reminiscent of Susan Hill’s Woman in Black - a good old-fashioned thrill of a ghost story. As The Silence of Ghosts progresses, however, the comparison is soon diminished. The choice of Dominic’s diary entries to tell of the horror that lurks in Hallinhag means that many of the truly frightening scenes are told in retrospect and though Dominic does this honestly, capturing much of the fear he felt, it never reaches the height of tension that would have been possible in a more traditional telling. For me, the ghosts were rather too silent, and those who want a ghost story filled with spine-chilling tension may be disappointed. Still, this is a beautiful story. Well written, with moments of stunning imagery, you can’t help but be drawn to Dominic, injured early in World War II and sent to Hallinhag by his austere father to recuperate with only his young sister and a nurse for company. The love story between Dominic and Rose (his nurse) is tender and not without difficulty, and Aycliffe subtly reveals the toll of war upon the characters, the village and London.The Silence of Ghosts is a tale of malevolence that outlasts death but is also a tender story of a wealthy man’s love for an ‘unsuitable’ woman in a time of turbulence and change.

  • Daniel Rudge
    2018-11-05 03:06

    The Silence of Ghosts is a wonderful ghost story with gothic undertones. Dominic Lancaster hoped to prove himself to his family by excelling in the Navy during World War II. Instead he is wounded while serving as a gunner, and loses his leg. Still recovering from his wounds and the trauma of his amputation when the Blitz begins, Dominic finds himself shuffled off to the countryside by his family, along with his partially deaf sister, Octavia. The crumbling family estate on the shores of Ullswater is an old, much-neglected place that doesn’t seem to promise much in the way of happiness or recovery. Something more than a friendship begins to flourish between Dominic and his nurse Rose in the late autumn of that English countryside, as he struggles to come to terms with his new life as an amputee. Another thing that seems to be flourishing is Octavia’s hearing. As winter descends, sinister forces seem to be materializing around Octavia, who is hearing voices of children. After seeing things that no one else can see and hearing things that no one else can hear, Octavia is afflicted with a sickness that cannot be explained. With Octavia’s help, Dominic sets out to find the truth behind the voices that have haunted his sister. In doing so, he uncovers an even older, darker evil that threatens not only Octavia, but Rose and himself. Aycliffe's characters have great depth including most of the minor characters. The tense and menacing tone are carefully crafted and the story unfolds at a moderate but acceptable pace. While Dominic and Rose finally resolve their fears, Aycliffe pulls off a disturbing ending. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a well told story with elements of horror and thriller. One of the best "ghost stories" I have ever read.

  • Michael Davies
    2018-11-15 02:08

    Another in Jonathan Aycliffe's series of short ghost novels, this is set in WW2 and is primarily narrated via the diary of Dominic Lancaster, who has lost part of his leg in a naval battle and is sent with his younger sister (who is deaf) to recuperate and escape the Blitz in a spooky old lakeside mansion owned by his family who are wealthy port importers. The presence of his sister is the catalyst for the haunting that follows and it becomes clear that more than just port has been brought from Portugal to the Lake District during the last two hundred years or so. The plot moves along rapidly and is certainly very creepy to begin with. However there is a slight loss of tension as Lancaster and his little group of helpers begin to unravel the mystery of the old house, though it picks up again towards the end. There is an interesting little twist at the conclusion of the book though this concerns Dominic's grandson who discovered the diary after Dominic's death. An enjoyable and easy read- not as good as Naomi's Room- but still a worthy addition to the collection.

  • Mike
    2018-10-23 09:06

    Not Mr Aycliffe's best book. It was diverting enough but never really took off - basically, the individual scenes were interesting but the overall story-arc was crud.The main character was quite engaging, if a little naive for a sea officer who'd served in the wartime navy, but I enjoyed his company for all that.There's a shocking sentence towards the end and I'm wondering if that's the true horror of the story - I need to let it marinate for a while.What didn't work for me, especially on the Kindle, was the diary-within-a-diary format. When we reached the last few pages and rejoined the original narrator, I'd forgotten who he was and what his story was.This wouldn't put me off Aycliffe's novels but it's not the one I'd point a newcomer to: try Naomi's Room first - but it's all downhill from there :-)

  • Karina
    2018-11-18 06:19

    Starts off as a great story, you really feel for the protagonist. It gets really creepy really quickly, which I like! The writing is easy and the story flows. The ending was weak though. I know some horror writers when they get a bit stuck as to close it off, but just ending it hanging like that doesn't do you any favours! Good book, would give this author another go and even read this book again as it's short and scary!

  • Paul McAvoy
    2018-11-06 05:04

    This book has its moments. It features two great passions of mine - ghosts and the lake District, and I know the area described well. It is a bit cliched in parts and there are moments where not much occurs. You are just waiting to get to the end as you know pretty much what is going to happen. A few shocks, but not his best. Good to see this author back though. A great writer.

  • Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
    2018-11-01 04:17

    I'm a loyal fan of Mr. Aycliffe's old-fashioned ghost yarns -- he's one of the few people I'm aware of writing in the M.R. James style today -- but this one didn't do it for me. I didn't find it scary, and there were plenty of interesting threads that could have been more menacing but weren't.

  • David
    2018-11-08 08:07

    A very, very enjoyable old-fashioned English ghost story.

  • MelissaI
    2018-11-19 08:17

    Wow! A good old fashioned ghost story mixed with some good old fashioned love, friendship and family.....More to come......

  • BB Christine
    2018-11-11 07:05

    I'm about 20% of the way through. A couple of things -- the writing isn't great (well, it's not terrible either) but there are a few horror novel tropes that the author keeps overusing -- for example the narrator keeps making portentous comments like "I urge you not to read the dairies in dim light in darkness," "as you will see for yourself....TB wasn't the only thing he brought with him out of the conflict," and "I was too much of a rationalist to listen to their fears. That was then, of course; I know better now." These kinds of asides are supposed to ramp up the reader's foreboding and perhaps evoke a bittersweet atmosphere, but this author does it entirely too often, especially when there is absolutely no payoff. It makes only for some eye-rolling. Stephen King does this skillfully, but he only does it maybe once or twice in any given book.Also there are already a number of gaping plot holes -- for instance, when he checks into the inn in anticipation of visiting the old house willed to him by his grandfather, the innskeeper says that the house is so infamous nobody will help him....yet his own granddaughter has not heard of the house?Then the book launches into his grandfather's diaries...............which, fine. This is a common enough trope in horror novels, particularly 'period' horror novels -- but the very first entry is practically a tome of backstory and setting. Who in the world writes actual journals like this? It is very distracting, not to mention makes it particularly hard to suspend disbelief. (For journal-as-horror-narrative done right, see Dark Matter in my previous review.) I can't help but feel that if the author had taken out this entire journalistic narrative entirely and just written it as a straight story, it would've worked a lot better.More to come as I finish this novel.

  • Janiera A
    2018-11-15 03:57

    I finished this book about a week or two ago. I'm just now getting to a review because I've been busy and I wasn't sure how I felt about this book. It's totally a classic Gothic ghost story. It feels like something Edgar Allen Poe would have written except a little less original. The pacing in the beginning is kind of slow, but something about it made me really want to stick with it. There were some really chilling and atmospheric moments. There was nothing really, really scary but some moments had some truly frightening imagery. The reason I only gave this book 3 stars is because it was a slow read and it was really predictable. It really did combine many Gothic novel cliches. So in the end it was an entertaining Halloween read, but it just wasn't very original. If Gothic ghost stories are your thing, give it a shot just don't expect anything too out of the ordinary.

  • Christian
    2018-11-19 07:16

    Slow burning, beautiful and sad christmas ghost story. Nothing too overtly shocking, if occasionally quite creepy. Aycliffe's main character Dominic is a likable young man, his big love rose anyway. Both he and she, otgether with his sister and several other friends are depicted in a rather warm light, leaving little room for development (although he is not free of faults). All in all you might not have read anything as philanthropic since you last glanced over your copy of dracula, which is actually really fine by me. Not everything towards the climax is plotted elegant or at least executed elegantly, which is but just a minor concern, especially since I like the solution to the hauntings. I expected a little bit more from the diary-aspect of the novel since it mostly lacks a voice and general "privateness" I would have expected by such a "close-up".

  • Jordyn
    2018-10-27 06:53

    Too often I find horror stories have lame endings that ruin everything before. This is not one of those. The author created a real spooky atmosphere, an interesting plot, likeable characters and put them all together seamlessly. Very impressed by the whole book, and the ending was not a let down.

  • Emma Dawes
    2018-11-21 02:02

    I liked the book but I don't think I will be in a hurry to read any more of this author's work. I have read two and already I'm thinking there is a bit of a 'theme' in his writing and further books could possibly become a little predictable.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-12 06:01

    Good little ghost story with an interesting ending.

  • Kylie Corley
    2018-10-30 08:04

    The cover was beautiful and haunting. I loved how it as written as a diary. It was one of the better ghost stories that I've read in awhile.

  • Celia
    2018-11-01 02:09

    scary , and creepy