Help for the Haunted

Help for the Haunted

By John Searles

William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780060779641, 360pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2014


A Boston Globe Best Crime Novel of the YearAn Entertainment Weekly Top Ten "Must List"Winner of the American Library Association's Alex AwardPublishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist starred reviews

Sylvie Mason's parents have an unusual occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. After receiving a phone call late one snowy night, they are lured to an old church on the outskirts of town, where Sylvie falls asleep in the car and is awoken by the sound of gunshots.

Orphaned on that night, Sylvie comes under the care of her reckless, distant older sister, still living in the rambling Tudor house that guards the relics of her parents' past. As she pursues the mystery of their deaths, Sylvie's story weaves back and forth between the time leading up to the murders and the months following, uncovering the truth of what happened that night and the secrets that have haunted her family for years.

About the Author
John Searles is the author of the bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He appears as a book critic on NBC's Today Show, and his essays have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has a master's degree in creative writing from New York University and lives in New York City.