Would you risk everything to save a stranger?
Off the coast of Venice lurks Poveglia, the world’s most haunted isle, steeped in centuries of innocent blood. A deranged doctor who took great joy in torturing his patients in life continues to rule his abandoned asylum after death.
Few go to Poveglia willingly, but medium Kate Carlsson has no choice. It’s her job.
While struggling to retrieve a young girl’s soul, Kate uncovers some shocking truths about the evil on the island that challenges her own convictions and morals—and even her life.
Is saving Lily worth making a deal with the infamous Doctor of Death, or is the price too high to pay?
“J.H. Moncrieff is a bold new voice in horror and supernatural suspense.” – Chuck Wendig, New York Times Bestselling Author of Blackbirds
Horror After Dark Review
THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO GHOSTS is Book 2 in author J.H. Moncrieff’s GhostWriters series. What I feel makes this series so unique are the various locations used for the setting of some particularly gruesome hauntings. In this case, Kate Carlsson, a spirit medium, is called to help a family whose daughter, Lily, seems to be under some kind of “possession“. Shortly after Kate’s arrival, Lily’s “spirt” is taken away to a remote island, leaving her body behind, nothing more than a catatonic shell.
When Kate finds that Lily’s essence has been transported to a place called Poveglia, the tension ramps up tenfold. Poveglia is known to men as “Plague Island” where it is rumored that somewhere in the vicinity of 100 thousand people met with violent deaths there.
Although Kate Carlsson’s character was first introduced in CITY OF GHOSTS, this story is much more focused on her than on Jackson, her friend and companion. I don’t feel it’s necessary to have read Book One in order to enjoy this tale. This could be easily read as a stand-alone novel.
When Kate begins making preparations to go to the island in person, she uncovers the name of Dr. Abbandonato, the one who was rumored to have conducted crude therapies and tortures upon the patients sent to his sanitarium.
“. . . Italians called him Medico della Morte–the Doctor of Death . . .”
Once more, Moncrieff takes the reader on another tour–this one of a haunted island. The landscape is described so vividly that your mind can easily fall in line with our protagonists as they first step upon what is considered “cursed land”. When we “meet” the long departed doctor–through Kate’s abilities–he feels just as real as any of the other primary characters. His background is fleshed out to us in such a way that I could honestly picture this man helpinghis patients–often those sent to him by parents or spouses looking for a convenient place to hide away what they no longer wanted.
“. . . I can’t stand ghosts who don’t have the decency to accept they’re dead . . .”
Several other characters are introduced, and their stories were ones I actually found MORE frightening than that of the doctor, himself. Moncrieff builds her characters in such detail that you can practically envision sitting next to them in a park . . . or better yet, a fog-shrouded burial ground. Some of these individuals are much worse than any of the “ghosts” we encounter.
“The only monsters are bad people . . . what most people tend to call monsters are really just creatures we don’t have a name for yet . . . “
In this breath-taking follow-up novel, I once again felt as if I were personally traveling to a new, remote location. The terror, the bloodshed, and horrible deeds that once occurred in Poveglia are showcased in a way that will delight any true horror fan. Often, the most horrifying things are those that other humans do to each other.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in the devil; the devil believes in you . . . “
A fantastic, enthralling supernatural novel that you’ll want to read again.
About The Author
About J.H. Moncrieff
J.H. Moncrieff’s City of Ghosts won the 2018 Kindle Book Review Award for best Horror/Suspense.
Her work has been described by reviewers as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.
She won Harlequin’s search for “the next Gillian Flynn” in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.
When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.
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