Received this from a HarperCollins marketing rep yesterday:
HELP FOR THE HAUNTED (On-sale: September 17th) is a new book by John Searles. John is the critically acclaimed author of Boy Still Missing and Strange but True, and now he is back with an eerie and compelling new novel that is sure to keep you up at night.
About Help for the Haunted:
TWO SISTERS. ONE DARK SECRET.
• Fifteen-year-old Sylvie Mason isn’t sure who murdered her parents that winter night, but she knows she can’t stop looking until she knows the truth. Sylvie pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night, as she comes to terms with her family’s past and uncovers secrets that have haunted them for years
• Rose, Sylvie’s sister, seems to have a secret of her own – did she murder her own parents?
• A frightening and mysterious ghost story that you won’t be able to put down until you’re done
• Recently received a starred Booklist review, a starred Publishers Weekly review, and Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) loved it: “Part ghost story, part coming-of-age story, John Searles’ ‘HELP FOR THE HAUNTED’ is a dazzling, dark portrait of a troubled family beset by the supernatural…The result is a novel both frightening and beautiful."
HarperCollins has initiated a huge sweepstakes going on right now where if readers pre-order the book, they could win tickets to see Broadway’s hit musical, Matilda.
Go here or to http://john-searles.com/sweepstakes.shtml for contest details.
This is what John has to say about the connection between his book and Matilda: “Matilda and HELP FOR THE HAUNTED are each stories about a young girl who loves books, is smart beyond her years, and must rely on her intelligence and curiosity in order to set things right in her world.”