The Silence of Ghosts, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When the Blitz starts in London, Dominic Lancaster, injured out of service at the battle of Narvik, accompanies his 10 year old sister Octavia to the family house on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District.

Octavia is profoundly deaf but at night she can hear disturbing noises in the house. When questioned by Dominic as to what she can hear, she replies: 'voices'. Two nights later she comes into his bedroom to tell him that the dead children in the house want them to leave. And then Octavia falls mysteriously ill...during her sickness she tells Dominic he must go to the attic. There, he releases an older, darker evil that threatens the lives of Olivia and himself. Praise for Naomi's Roomt: 'A chilling story which gives the lie to any notion that supernatural horror is remotely theraputic.

Aycliffe has a fine touch.' The Independent. 'Naomi's Room must rank among the finest of English ghost stories...They certainly don't come any more dark and fearsome.' Newcastle Evening Chronicle.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781472105127



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An excellent, tense and quite horrifying ghost story set in the Lake District during the Second World War, with some sympathetic central characters and some very cold and distant ones - the parents of the main male character Dominic Lancaster have a lot to answer for. It also shed some interesting and depressing light on how disability was viewed at the time - the negative attitude sometimes shown towards Dominic's missing left leg, lost in battle (even by himself), and his young sister Octavia's deafness. The main part of the narrative consists of Dominic's wartime diaries being read by his grandson Charles. The short concluding part of the framing story in the present day left me a bit baffled and I wasn't sure at first exactly what how he finally exorcised the ghostly presence in Hallinhag House, but it seems as though the ghosts were still there but had become benevolent, as the house is once more habitable. A very good book and I will read more by this author.

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Hmmm, creepy moments just didn't work that well. Had some good moments (which I can no longer remember) but on the whole just did not hold up as a ghost story. Reason for the hauntings was interesting but went nowhere.

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