From Publishers Weekly
One of Britain's bestselling novelists seeks to engage the sensibilities of North American readers in this finely crafted and sometimes painful character-driven story of faith, loss and a reunion of old friends. The book opens with one of David Herrick's terror-filled nightmares. It's a waking incubus as well, as David muses with raw grief upon the everyday household objects that remind him of his beloved wife, Jessica, who has recently died. When a letter arrives from Jessica's best school chum, Angela Brook, David learns of one last item Jessica has left him. To procure it, he journeys to Angela's home, the ancient, crumbling, Headly Manor, which has a reputation for being haunted. Angela has put together a weekend reunion of their old St. Mark's youth group, and it is in the company of their old acquaintances that David exorcises some of his ghosts. Plass's character descriptions are refreshing in that he never succumbs to sentimentality or sidesteps more painful developments in an attempt to sugarcoat his novel or target a more conservative readership. Ghosts populate the book: of loved ones lost and of old patterns and relationships, and in the chilling accounts of a specter that may or may not haunt the ancient estate. Faith and all of its sometimes absurd trappings are portrayed with honest compassion-Plass is never bitter or harsh, but always authentic. American audiences will be delighted to discover this thoughtful and eloquent novelist and should warmly embrace this beautifully conceived and executed book.
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British writer Plass' Ghosts
tells of David Herrick, a man grieving for his dead wife, Jessica. David has withdrawn into a solitary existence punctuated by dreams that seem like communications from the beyond and are full of "ghosts." With some reluctance, he accepts the invitation for a reunion of old friends from Jessica's friend Angela. Members of the group, each wounded by life in some way, talk their way through their fears, killing off ghosts one by one. Preachy, and not really a ghost story; but also graceful, and perhaps helpful for someone who has recently lost a loved one. John MortCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
From the Back Cover
"This is a story that will grip you. But far more than that, its a book which will help you face up to the ghosts of your past. Ultimately, this is a book about redemption. Beware, it could change you." -- Rob Frost, Director, Share Jesus International
When David Herrick receives an invitation to a reunion in one of Englands most haunted houses, his first reaction is to refuse. After all, he hasnt seen these friends since they were part of the same youth group 2 decades ago. Moreover, he isnt feeling very sociable since his wife, Jessica, died 6 months ago. In fact, hes still rather raw and numb.
But the invitation comes from one of his wifes oldest friends, and mysteriously, she has something for him from his beloved Jessica. Reluctant but curious, he makes plans to visit Headly Manor.
When the friends gather, they no longer resemble the fresh-faced group of 20 years ago. One has been deserted by her husband, another has lost his faith and another is filled with anger and bile. Life hasnt been the sugar-coated existence they might have hoped for.
As they have less than 48 hours together, they decide to be vulnerable and share their greatest fears--but will they have the courage to bare their souls? And if they do, how will such revelations be received?
This poignant and moving story blends Adrian Plasss rich style of humor with his knack for addressing the deep issues we all face such as faith, grief, love, and fear.
About the Author
Adrian Plass is one of today's most significant and successful Christian authors and has written over twenty books, including his latest, The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass on Tour.Known for his ability to evoke both tears and laughter for a purpose, he has been reaching the hearts of thousands for over fifteen years.He lives in Sussex with his wife, Bridget.
An updated BIG CHILL set in Britain, GHOSTS is the slow internal journey of old friends to new awarenesses. Christian author Adrian Plass creates David Herrick, a recent widower and Christian scholar, still mourning the death of his beloved wife. Herrick grudgingly accepts an invitation to catch up with old friends who are meeting at an estate in the country. Throughout the long weekend, old aches and old love are revisited, accompanied by wine and wistfulness. Touching and deeply sincere, with an engaging and heartfelt narration by the author. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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