The Girl

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In the second installment of The Southern Hauntings Saga, Crate Northgate arrives at a rural Appalachian home to help a family uncover the truth about what happened to their missing daughter and why her father is haunted by visions of her wandering their property. But the secret may be too much to bear; it's weight too much to carry. More

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About Bryan Hall

Bryan Hall is a fiction writer living in a one hundred year old farmhouse deep in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Growing up in the Appalachias, he's soaked up decades of fact and fiction from the area, bits and pieces of which usually weave their way into his writing whether he realizes it at the time or not.

He's the author of the sci-fi horror novel Containment Room 7, collection Whispers from the Dark, and the upcoming Southern Hauntings Saga. You can find him online at www.bryanhallfiction.com

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Review by: Frank Errington on Oct. 31, 2012 : star star star star star
Creighton "Crate" Northgate has been seeing ghosts for some time. He moves around a lot, helping folks with their ghost problems, although Crate hints that there's more to it than that.

As Crate says, "...a lot of spirits seemed to want something, or need a little help moving on to the next plane, and he had...talents in that department."

The Girl is Amy, daughter of Tom Lee and his wife Margie and sister of Angie. She's been gone for two years and Tom see's his daughter frequently. Mostly out by the woods. Margie has never seen her and Angie isn't saying anything on the subject.

The premise for these stories is rather simple and yet Hall is skilled at moving his characters through each step in the discovery process. Much like a good police procedural, there are false leads and the reader is kept guessing to the end.

The scene with the big discovery is rich with description, leaving just enough to our imagination, but the discovery just leads to more questions. In addition to helping his clients get answers and hopefully helping the occasional ghost move on, Crate remains haunted by his own brother, Martin, who had died 15 years ago.

Given the subject matter, I still find it easy to suspend my disbelief. These tales in The Southern Hauntings Saga have a ring of truth to them, making them that much more enjoyable.

The Girl is a beautiful, self-contained, ghost story, but is just a part of Southern Hauntings Saga which started with The Vagrant. Each story works well on it's own and both are available now from Angelic Knight Press through Amazon.com. For more on Bryan Hall you can visit his website at www.bryanhallfiction.com.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marie De La Rosa on Sep. 02, 2012 : star star star star star
The Girl by Bryan Hall

Wow! I was not disappointed, you get a bit of mystery, suspense and of course the paranormal all in this short novel! In this book Crate has been called to help Tom find his missing daughter, who he believes is dead because he has seen her ghost. Crate is thrown into unraveling the truth about her disappearance, but is also haunted by his own past.

I was surprised to find out what actually happened to Amy, but it was because of the suspense and how well written this story was that kept me reading until the very end. To be quite honest I actually found this book to be more intriguing to me than The Vagrant, and look forward to see how the next book is. If it is anything like this one, I am sure I will enjoy it just as much.

I would give this Novella 5/5 bats
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kate Monroe on Aug. 08, 2012 : star star star star
Bryan Hall has the ability to really transport you into the heart of the story's setting; in this saga, the Deep South. The Girl is a promising start to the series with a strong central character, and I look forward to reading more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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