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Wish You Weren’t Here by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  7 October 2021

Format: E-ARC

Publisher: Farrago Books

Pages: 304


The Rook family run a little business: ghost hunting. And things has picked up recently. Something’s wrong. It’s been getting noticeably worse since, ooh, 2016?

Bad spirits are abroad, and right now they’re particularly around Coldbay Island, which isn’t even abroad, it’s only 20 miles from Skegness. The Rooks’ ‘quick call out’ to the island picks loose a thread that begins to unravel the whole place, and the world beyond.

Is this the apocalypse? This might be the apocalypse. Who knew it would kick off in an off-season seaside resort off the Lincolnshire coast? I’ll tell you who knew – Linda. She’s been feeling increasingly uneasy about the whole of the East Midlands since the 90s.



Thank you to Farrago Books for providing me with a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review!

I’m just going to say right here and now, I am going to love everything Gabby ever writes. I can tell. She was well on the way to New Favourite Author status with the Darkwood series and now she has cemented it with Wish You Weren’t Here! I am SO glad there are going to be more books in this series! I am SO far from done with the Rooks! 

In the Darkwood series, Gabby had me fall in love with a spider. Yes, arachnophobic me. This time she had me shedding tears over a demon. I mean, if that doesn’t show some damn fine writing, I don’t know what does. 

The Rook family have varying degrees of psychic abilities, except Darryl’s husband Janusz. He’s the accounting whizz. Mum Brenda and son Darryl can see the ghosts, daughter Charity can send them on their way, and dad Richard, well, he’s host to a terrifying demon, who is part of the family. When a routine ‘cleansing’ for a client, of a church that’s being trashed by ghosts an alarming amount of times, goes wrong, the family need to pitch in together to try and save the town.

I absolutely loved every one of the members of this family and Darryl and Janusz are couple goals. Brilliant banter, ghostbusting and family secrets that can make even the most serious situation rather awkward, Wish You Weren’t Here was an action packed, super fun ride from beginning to end! I am dying for book 2 already! 

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