Recommended Read: The Haunting of Highdown Hall (Psychic Surveys: Book One)

The Haunting of Highdown HallThe Haunting of Highdown Hall by Shani Struthers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The latest in a long line of psychically-gifted females, Ruby Davis can see through the veil that separates this world and the next, helping grounded souls to move towards the light – or ‘home’ as Ruby calls it. Not just a job for Ruby, it’s a crusade and one she wants to bring to the High Street. Psychic Surveys is born.

Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Ruby and her team of freelance psychics have been kept busy of late. Specialising in domestic cases, their solid reputation is spreading – it’s not just the dead that can rest in peace but the living too. All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star Cynthia Hart is still in residence, despite having died in 1958.

Winter deepens and so does the mystery surrounding Cynthia. She insists the devil is blocking her path to the light long after Psychic Surveys have ‘disproved’ it. Investigating her apparently unblemished background, Ruby is pulled further and further into Cynthia’s world and the darkness that now inhabits it.

For the first time in her career, Ruby’s deepest beliefs are challenged. Does evil truly exist? And if so, is it the most relentless force of all?

What I thought of it

What a great book! The events at the Hall, Cynthia’s relationships and ongoing troubles, the romantic elements, the cast of characters – alive and of spirit – and the mystery winding its way through it all, make this a cracking read. The pacing was spot on, and the last few chapters wouldn’t let me go.

Jed is an utter darling, and a great addition to the team. Cash is … well, a keeper, I’d say, and I hope we see more of him! Ruby is brave yet vulnerable, and committed: a woman following her true calling despite the challenges it brings, and a lightworker in the truest sense. Being a sensitive is not usually an easy path, and Shani Struthers has handled this aspect well.

There are some poignant moments as stranded spirits are led Home. Surprisingly, there is a humorous moment, too!
There are some warm, lovely scenes when Ruby finds support from expected and unexpected sources. How I’d love to meet a couple of those people in real life!
There are some characters (living ones, usually) who I hoped would be ‘encouraged’ to behave better.
And there are some who simply cannot accept that there is more to “life” than most people can see.
In amongst all that are feelings, ideas, concepts, and truths which I really identified with spiritually.
Taken together, these make the book feel whole, layered, and rich with interest and local colour.

I enjoyed the imagery of the energies sensed by the sensitives, empaths, and psychics, and also the use of crystals and light for cleansing and protection. The emphasis on the healing power of unconditional love also resonated – right up my street, in more ways than one.

A strong 4 stars – nearly  5 – with a few sparkles of white light, rose quartz, and lapis lazuli thrown in. 🙂

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? If you haven’t read it, are you tempted?!

 You’re also welcome to read my other Goodreads reviews.

 ~ Joanna

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Shani Struthers’ official Twitter account is @shani_struthers


2 responses to “Recommended Read: The Haunting of Highdown Hall (Psychic Surveys: Book One)

  1. Thank you for a great review, Jo, am thrilled that you enjoyed it and knew certain parts would resonate with you! You’re a star for sharing on your blog too, very kind of you! Looking forward to catching up with your books in the New Year! xxx

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