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When a young man inherits a vast mansion from an estranged great-uncle, his apparent good fortune sours when unsettling things begin to happen ... A terrifying psychological thriller cum gothic ghost story from the bestselling author of A Suitable Lie.

'A beautifully written tale, original, engrossing and scary. It's a wonderful mixture, a psychological thriller with a touch of a ghost story (sort of), a dollop of the supernatural (but not really) and murder (perhaps), told through the vision of a druggie poet who hasn't taken his medicine and is therefore an unreliable witness (or is he?) ... a dark joy' The Times

'A deeply satisfying read' Sunday Times

'A fine, page-turning thriller' Daily Mail


What you see isn't always real...

Ran McGhie's world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow's oldest merchant families.

Not only that, Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who had been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew grew up. Entering his new-found home, it seems Great-uncle Alexander has turned it into a temple to the written word - the perfect place for poet Ran.

But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall's endless corridors, Ran's grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror ... the reflection of a woman.

A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and a reminder that lust and betrayal can be deadly...


Praise for Michael J. Malone:

'House of Spines is a gothic ghost story and psychological thriller all rolled into one. Brilliantly creepy, with a dash of Glasgow humour, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. A spine-tingling treat' Lisa Gray, Daily Record

'From the stunning opening chapter, I was hooked. House of Spines is an intriguing tale with a haunting, gothic quality that compels you to keep reading till the end' Howard Linskey

'At first it seems like a poet's paradise, but something sinister lurks within the corridors ... a MUST READ' Daily Express

'The story twists and feints, pulling us along with it at every turn, the edginess of its central character making every development even more unsettling ... a chilling read, best savoured late on a dark night' Herald Scotland

'You might not want to be alone when you read this spine-chilling gothic thriller ... As he explores its endless corridors his grip on reality seems to be evaporating in this terrifying exploration of lust and betrayal' Sunday Post

'Prepare to have your marrow well and truly chilled by this deeply creepy Scottish horror ... A complex and multi-layered story - perfect for a wintry night' Sunday Mirror

'Beautifully crafted and colourfully descriptive ... keeps the reader gripped by an uneasy presence, a chill, literally, down the spine' Undiscovered Scotland

'Malone is a massive talent ... get on board now so you can brag you were reading his books long before the rest of the world' Luca Veste

'Vivid, visceral and compulsive' Ian Rankin

'A terrific read ... I read it in one sitting' Martina Cole

'A deeply personal thriller that will keep the reader turning those pages, with twists and turns designed to keep the heart pumping' Russel D. McLean

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersClassic crimeFiction & PoetryHorror Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 15/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9781910633861  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns' country, in Ayr. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers. Other published work includes: Carnegie's Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage and The Bad Samaritan. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number one bestseller on AU/UK ebook charts, and House of Spines soon followed suit. Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller. Follow Michael on Twitter @michaelJmalone1

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Customer Reviews

What an opening couple of chapters! There was no way I was going to be putting this down any time soon. I was completely intrigued by the mysterious great-uncle Fitzpatrick and his devoted library. The anticipation of every page and creeping sense of unease just draws you into this superbly written novel. With so many twists you're not sure yourself who and what to believe never mind poor Ran. Fantastic and vivid descriptions of every nook and cranny of Newton Hall have you feeling like you're wandering the dark and atmospheric rooms yourself and I could easily imagine the smell of camphor myself. Ranald McGhie, suffering from mental health problems discovers his late mother was related to one of Glasgows oldest merchant families. In a reading of his great-uncle's will he inherits Newton Hall, a vast mansion with an even bigger library which must stay intact. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient unused lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror . . . the reflection of a woman. This is my first gothic style crime novel in a contemporary setting and it is without doubt charismatic, intriguing, mesmerising and darkly fascinating which has left me wanting to read more in this genre. With the book's focus firmly rooted in mental health the author has done a brilliant job interweaving this with a ghostly haunted house and a growing sense of paranoia - who wouldn't think they were slowly going insane with delusions of a long dead woman? I found this an extraordinary read with palpable anticipation on every page, never knowing where the next chapter would be taking you and forever keeping you guessing. Utterly gripping and unputdownable I highly recommend this book, it was a complete change for me and most definitely welcomed. Michael J Malone is a truly gifted writer and deserves to do hugely well with ' House of Spines'. A beautiful cover depicting the old fashioned elevator dial completes the overall effect of this spooky and twisty tale. An amazing 5 stars!

- 12/09/2017
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