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The Watch House

The Watch House (Paperback, New edition)

By Westall, Robert

A sophisticated ghost story.

ISBN 9780688163723
Published 1 August 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780688163723
ISBN-10 0688163726
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Morrow
Publication Date 1 August 1999
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Westall, Robert
Category Horror & Ghost Stories, Chillers
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 105mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 91g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Mystery and detective stories
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

When Anne visits the long-neglected lighthouse, she is only searching for a way to pass the time during a long summer holiday. But then a desperate message from a dead man takes shape before her eyes, sweeping Anne into a tense and terrifying struggle for vengeance arid peace. Gripped by ghosts, she must fight for her sanity -- and for her life.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review An ingenious, powerfully atmospheric ghost story with conviction, set in an English coastal village where Anne is dumped on a retired family servant when her parents break up. Fussy Old Prudie's brother Arthur keeps up the Brigade Watch House, once the headquarters for regular and dramatic shipwreck rescues, but now no more than a stuffy, unfrequented museum. Still, Arthur is pained that erosion will soon sweep the place into the sea; what's needed is funds for a retaining wall - and as a benign ghostly presence, known to the aging rescue team as the Old Fellow who organized the brigade, also pleads with her (Anhelpanhelpanhelp, it writes in dust before her eyes), she sets to work writing a guidebook and organizing an open house to coincide with the local Carnival. The project succeeds, but the Old Fellow grows more desperate - and Anne increasingly disturbed: by a large, strangely kinetic skull in the museum. . . a possessed dog who digs up only certain graves. . . an elusive red-coated presence here and there. . . all of which are traced at last to another, more sinister ghost who has been terrorizing the poor guilt-ridden Old Fellow since the latter was a living boy of ten. Meanwhile Anne has made a couple of friends who help her uncover old bones and past intrigues - but despite Timmo's bizarre entrance as Dr. Death at a parish hall disco, he and Pat as characters are no more than the chums of old schoolgirl fiction; Anne's real soulmate in this adventure is a young Catholic priest who exorcises the evil ghost in a suspenseful graveyard climax. As in last year's The Wind Eye Westall makes no bones about his own affiliation to orthodoxy; but, in a way, the institutional connection here only lends seriousness and credibility to the whole experience. (Kirkus Reviews)

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