More than just a ghost story in Nearly Departed

April 17, 2010

Nearly Departed cover: book 1 in the Welcome to Weirdsville series by Rook Hastings Nearly Departed is a terrifying new ghost story by Rook Hastings.

Rook also writes under the name of Rowan Coleman, but chose to publish this titles under the pseudonym of Rook Hastings. I love it when authors publish books under different names for different styles. The Coleman books tend to be more romantic, even the teen stories. Whereas Nearly Departed is a whole new style of writing in a whole new area.

So with the  new series from Rook Hastings “Welcome to Weirdsville” we’re getting the best of both worlds, a dynamic and exciting ‘new’ author with all the originality that implies AND the quality of an author who has honed their craft to perfection.

This is a wonderful book that crosses age-groups and gender barriers. It’s light enough to not leave you traumatised, yet subtle enough so that you don’t realised how engrossed you are until you find yourself shrieking if someone taps you on the shoulder while reading this. There is a great sense of realism and a slight hint of predictability. You know that something is coming, but you just can’t quite work it out. Of course, that’s one of the problems as an adult reading a book marked ’11+’, you run the risk of thinking that books for ‘teens’ aren’t as intense as books for adults. You’d be wrong.

Enjoy the terror!

The full review for this five-star book is on the book page.

Immortal Remains Book 2 in the Welcome to Weirdsville series by  Rook HastingsBook 2 in the series: Immortal Remains, is due for release in Australia/New Zealand in September.

A little taste of what’s to come in the next instalment of Welcome to Weirdsville:

Four freak accidents. Four mysterious deaths. Four signs of trouble. Welcome back to Weirdsville…

“You see, the girls that died – it wasn’t by accident. They were cursed, every one of them. Cursed to meet a horrible death… And I’m going to be next.”

Four girls from posh school Riverbank have been killed in seemingly random but freakish ways and it’s not long before Bethan and co. are lured into investigating the grisly case. Is it really just coincidence or is there something more sinister going on?

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