Book Review | The Haunted Shore by Neil Spring

Title: The Haunted Shore

Author: Neil Spring 

Publisher: Quercus Books

Release Date: 23rd September 2020

Source: NetGalley

Buy: Amazon UK

When Lizzy moves to a desolate shore to escape her past, she hopes to find sanctuary. But a mysterious stranger is waiting for her, her father's carer, and when darkness falls, something roams this wild stretch of beach, urging Lizzy to investigate its past. The longer she stays, the more the shore's secrets begin to stir. Secrets of a sea that burned, of bodies washed ashore -- and a family's buried past reaching into the present.

And when Lizzy begins to suspect that her father's carer is a dangerous imposter with sinister motives, a new darkness rises. What happens next is everyone's living nightmare . . .

From the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters and The Lost Village, The Haunted Shore is a terrifying tale of suspense that does not let up until the last page is turned.

The tiny hamlet of Shingle Street sits on the Norfolk Coast overlooking the frigid North Sea and the disused military facility at Orford Ness.  It is a desolate, haunted place (side note: its also a real place, I’ve popped a map below for you, it has a very interesting history) certainly not somewhere you’d want to live.

Shingle Street was once home to Lizzy Valentine, her parents renovated a Martello Tower turning it in to home for Lizzy and elder brother Colin.  Lizzy has long been away from Shingle Street, she has a good job in London, a lovely flat, a great life, that is until the day she doesn’t.

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk (c) Landmark Trust
Leaving London in a hurry she seeks out her family back at Shingle Street, her dad Cliff and brother Colin still call the tower home but the tower also has a new resident, Cliff’s carer Hazel.  She is a matter of fact woman and from their first meeting Lizzy instantly dislikes her, something about her put her at unease.

That uneasy feeling isn’t helped by her fathers failing health and the fact that Lizzy starts hearing and seeing things she cannot explain, the shoreline seems to be haunted with memories of something extremely sinister.  Lizzy finds herself torn asunder, she has her father’s health to worry about, her brother runs away to Scotland, Hazel seems to have a hold over her father and Lizzy’s own past from London is coming back to haunt her.  Shingle Street has secrets to reveal and they are not going to be at all pleasant, Lizzy is going to have to deal with whatever is coming her way.

I really enjoyed this, its not a criticism but I was expecting it to be a little bit scarier, this could be down to me reading it during the day rather than at night in the dark like I usually do however the description of some of the incidents and settings would have you reaching for the lamp switch if you where reading at night I’m sure.  The setting is just perfect and I was so pleased to discover it is actually a real place, the imposing tower and the shoreline with the waves crashing in just totally nails it.  I also loved the fact that Rendlesham Forest played back drop too, UFO fans may recognise the name as the location of one of the most famous UFO sightings of all time.

So to sum up this is a spooky good read set in a fantastic location with a female protagonist who feels she is slowly losing her grip on everything, you’ll want to see if she makes it to the end in one piece.

Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Ghosts or aliens? That's all I want to know! I'm a huge sucker for a good Gothic novel. This might just fit. As long as it's not aliens....

    Lovely review Heather!

    Elza Reads

  2. This sounds fantastic! I'm glad to see how much you enjoyed it. I can totally understand wanting some stories to be a bit darker sometimes too! ;)

  3. LOVE the sound of this one! :D Am definitely adding it to my TBR list.

  4. I'd LOVE to live in a quirky tower like that! I'm forever looking at things like that or turning a 747 into a prepper home!

    1. I’d love to live in a lighthouse, I think that’d be cool. A 747 would be amazing or an A380 with two floors, don’t know where I’d put it though!

  5. I like reading spooky stories this time of year, and the setting sounds like it enhances the eerie quality of the story. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I'll look and see if there's an audio. :)

    1. Spooky stories are perfect at this time of year, here it’s getting dark so early so it’s nice to snuggle up with a scary book!


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