Help for the Haunted by John Searles

It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church's red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire.

As the story weaves back and forth through the years leading up to that night and the months following, the ever-inquisitive Sylvie searches for answers and uncovers secrets that have haunted her family for years.

Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King's works and the quirky tenderness of John Irving's novels, Help for the Haunted is told in the captivating voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about what happened on that winter night.


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  • Chris

    It was so lovely to meet Chandra, Valerie, and Christine last night. By the way, here's the website for the event I was speaking about at Mohegan sun. It's called the Big Book Club and it;s happening this weekend. Here's the website.

    www.thebigbookclub.org/#/

    2 · February 21, 2014

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      A former member

      Nice to meet everyone. Thanks for the link.

      February 21, 2014

    • Chris

      I agree. I don't like using those "Nice to See You" buttons that Meetup provides ... but it was.

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute change. Enjoyed the book. Hope to see you guys again one of these months.

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have had a migraine all day. I loved the book, and hate missing the discussion and meeting you all. :-(

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No,I'm sorry but my daughter just showed up three days early from Hawaii with my new granddaughter so taking advantage of every moment. Next month for sure!

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cousin in naugatuck, he is from Monroe now lives in NYC

    February 19, 2014

  • Chris

    No, I believe the author is from NY.

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Searles family from Naugatuck?

    February 19, 2014

  • Sue O

    Some of us eat dinner, some just get coffee. Whatever works for you.

    February 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great thanks!

      February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, quick question. Just wondering since I'm new to the group... Being that this is at Panera, does everyone usually eat during the club or just more like coffee and dessert?

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so excited to meet everyone! I've been looking for a book club, I'm happy I found this one :-)

    February 11, 2014

  • Chris

    Apropos of a book we read last year, "The Poisoner's Handbook" is apparently available for viewing online via PBS:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/poisoners//?flavour=mobile

    January 28, 2014

  • Kelly S

    This sounds like a great book, but my Grad School is having a big alumni gathering that night that I helped plan...I really do plan on coming back to the group soon...Really!

    January 24, 2014

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