Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tolog Review: Help for the Haunted

Help for the Haunted
by John Searles
reviewed by Alyssa Valdivia

Help for the Haunted by John Searles takes a different approach on the thriller portion of the mystery book. Help for the Haunted follows the story of Sylvie and Rose. Sylvie and Rose had an unusual childhood compared to other children. Their parents had the unusual job of helping people and “haunted souls”. Sylvie and Rose’s parents are very religious which support their beliefs of evil spirits in their line of work. Sylvie is the youngest of the two sisters. She is seen as the “perfect child” in her parent’s eyes. Sylvie always tries to please her parents and do what is right. Rose is the oldest daughter. Rose is always trying to go against her parent’s wishes. She rebels against her parent’s religious beliefs as well. Help for the Haunted is a thriller and a mystery. It leaves you wondering why something happened or what will happen next. The two sisters are faced with the harsh reality when their parents have been murdered. Rose becomes distant and begins to ignore Sylvie, leaving her to fend for herself. They learn that their parents job was a factor in their death. As the story continues we learn more of the truth behind their parent’s death. John Searles does an excellent job of wanting to know what will happen next. The suspense in the story allows the reader to ask questions and make predictions. The author moves back and forth between the past and the present, letting the reader now more about their situation.

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