Abberton House by Debbie Ioanna @Debbie_Cleo @PantherPubs @damppebbles #BookReview #BlogTour

Posted April 15, 2021 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Abberton House by Debbie Ioanna
Published by Panther Publishing on September 1 2020
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Pages: 148
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Two families. 100 years apart. A sinister haunting...

It was supposed to be the dream house for Adam, Catherine, and their daughter, Bella. But dream houses can hold secrets. Settling in to their new home, the family realise they are not the only inhabitants of Abberton House.

A dark past continues to haunt the idyllic Yorkshire home, and those who remain want Adam and Catherine to know the truth. Frightened, Adam and Catherine begin to piece together what really happened at this once perfect abode.

A missing family, an elderly man searching for the truth, and secrets waiting to be revealed, moving in to Abberton House could be the worst decision the family made.

Now, who does not love a ghost story! I know I do!! I love the dual timelines, I loved the stories of the characters. I thought it all worked. The thing for me…it just ended..abruptly!!! I wanted more!! But alas it wasn’t meant to be.

In such a few pages, we are drawn into Catherine’s life and Abberton House but not only Catherine. We meet Elizabeth, in the past, and her life in Abberton House. Her heartbreaking story.

The book didn’t scare the bejesus out of me, but not going to lie, a few scenes unsettled me. I think a few scenes could have been amped up more, but there was definitely the feeling of being unsettled. The sound of children’s laughter always gets me. Plus the sound of footsteps on stairs, that stop and you expect to see someone…AND THEY ARE NOT THERE!!! So yes it did give me chills and make me look over my shoulder and question the sounds in my house! I love that!!

I can’t tell you much about the plot because it would ruin it for you. I can’t tell you who or what is haunting Abberton House. I can’t tell you why, but wow that story hurts.

Elizabeth living in 1916, her husband is a respected doctor shipped off to war and we only learn about him through letters. Elizabeth is left behind to look after three children, at Abberton House, when her husband requests she helps a young man who has been sent home injured. Things start to take a turn, in ways no one saw coming.

In 2016, Catherine and her family move into their dream home, yeah you got it, at Abberton House. Straight away things happen, unsettling but harmless things. Until it doesn’t feel so harmless anymore.

Does the past meet the present? Will there be a shocking conclusion? Well, you need to read the book to find that out. All I will say it is a good old fashion ghost story. One in my opinion is over too quick but nevertheless entertaining. It has me not wanting to look up at windows in a house for the fear of what I might see.

Until next time xxx

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Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review

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About Debbie Ioanna

Debbie is a multi-genre indie author and blogger who was born in Bradford and lives there with her husband, two-year-old daughter and anti-social cat Cleo. When she isn’t busy being a Mum, working for her local council or studying towards her Open University degree, she is busy focusing on her writing career.

Debbie doesn’t write to just one genre as she likes to write about anything. She is currently working on a romantic-comedy series but who knows what she will be working on in the future. As well as writing novels, short stories and blogs for her website, she is also reviewing other works by indie authors. She is passionate about helping other indie authors as she knows it is a hard world to master and getting reviews is a challenge on its own.

Debbie has been a regular attending author at the UK Indie Lit Fest in Bradford for the last few years and will be returning in 2020, as well as attending events in Shipley and Liverpool for the first time.

Debbie began studying with the Open University in 2015, aiming towards a BA Honours in Humanities, focusing on History and Creative Writing which are her two greatest passions. It is a part-time course, due to end in 2021 which Debbie is hoping means she will have more time to write.

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