Synopsis: Turn on your torches and join Aveline Jones!
Aveline is determined to discover the truth behind her uncle’s mysterious disappearance when she travels to his home with Mum and Aunt Lilian. After years of hoping Aveline’s uncle would return, they have finally decided to sell his house – but Aveline and Harold have other plans.
Sneaking into her uncle’s study, Aveline discovers he had been researching possible supernatural activity around an ancient burial mound – and linked this with the unexplained disappearances of other local villagers. Dark, magical forces are at work, and they’ll do anything to remain hidden, as Aveline and Harold soon learn…
Release Date: 27th October 2022
Genres: Horror, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Suspense, Magic, Mystery, Adventure, Fantasy, Fae, Historical, Friendship, Family.
Review of: Book 1 & Book 2 in Series
Thank you so much to Usborne Publishing and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Review: Aveline, Harold, her mum and aunt are going to Scarbury where her uncle last lived before he vanished without a trace. Once the key is found to his hidden locked study room Aveline realises her uncle was a lot like her. With evil Faery luring people in or so the theories of the town go, Aveline, Harold and new friend Sammy get lured down into a deep dark path.
Wow another excellent and incredibly chilling book in the Aveline Jones series. This gave me chills from the first line to the very last line and it didn’t stop, it hasn’t stopped even when writing this review. This book was so creepy and eerie, so many turns and incredibly sinister and creepy aspects of the story. I loved it and ate up this book so fast.
I really enjoyed this book I loved that we went into a dark older mystery of missing people in a small town over many centuries, I loved that it had a personal connection to Aveline, with her uncle being one of the missing. All the fascinating tales of the evil Fae that live in the Long Barrow that don’t like when people interfered, that tread too far or disrespect their land. It honestly was incredible, taking you to this really creepy place. The things that the kids had to go through, it was intense and really horrifying, the bravery they had to find and the shear determination was brilliant.
This book was so chilling and eerie, it really was. It was the most perfect addition to the series, we got to meet new characters Sammy and Uncle Rowan which I loved, they fitted in perfectly to this world. I loved the mystery of the story trying to actually figure it all out and the deep rooted history of it all, set In yet another creepy historical sacred piece of land. It always gives you the right eeriness instantly.
I really got sunk into this story it grasped me so quickly and I devoured it. I love the Aveline Jones books they really are the best middle grade horror books. They are chilling, eerie, creepy and so full of mystery, wonder and evilness; all with the most likeable protagonist and her best friend. They always wind up on the most unconventional paths etching into the paranormal or the sinister and all linked to the strange and dark historical factors of the past.
If you haven’t yet read the previous books in the series then you really must, and you must read this one too. If you are already a fan of the series, then this one will be a new favourite. It’s so incredibly well written, so eerie and chilling, you’ll feel it in your bones how creepy this story is. It’s another incredible horror adventure with our favourite spooky lover Aveline Jones.
About Author: Born in the UK, Phil now lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon, where he works as an advertising copywriter. He has a passion for horror, ghosts, and all things that go bump in the night. His short stories have been published in adult horror anthologies, but Phil turned his hand to writing middle grade as he wanted to create the same visceral thrill he remembers from reading Alan Garner, Clive King and Roald Dahl. The Haunting of Aveline Jones is his first middle grade novel.