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Spirit

Novel by Graham Masterton (Scotland) 1995.

The Buchanan family is distraught when their youngest daughter Peggy drowns in their swimming pool. But though Peggy is dead, she is still seen, regularly by her two sisters, Elizabeth and Laura. And whenever she is seen, something awful happens; people die in horrible, unexplainable ways. It seems that Peggy is recreating herself through their favourite childhood story, 'The Snow Queen', to protect her sisters from anything potentially dangerous. When this gets to the point where people die for merely thinking something erotic about Elizabeth, she realises something must be done.

Another bizarre use for children's literature, a common Masterton plot device. At first glance, this would seem to be a more gentle novel than the author is usually noted for, but a more careful look would reveal that it is nothing of the sort, with treatments of taboo issues such as paedophilia making for a strange and disturbing read. Written in his usual flowing style, this sometimes reads like a powerful combination of The Walkers with Death Trance, two previous superb Graham Masterton novels. Not since 1991's Night Plague has the author not excelled himself, and this is no exception.


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