The Haunting of Henry Twist

The Haunting of Henry Twist

London, 1926: Henry Twist's heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and killed, though miraculously, the baby survives. Henry is left with nothing but his new daughter - a single father in a world without single fathers. He hurries the baby home, terrified that she'll be taken from him. Racked with guilt and fear, he stays away f London, 1926: Henry Twist's heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and kille...

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Title:The Haunting of Henry Twist
Author:Rebecca F. John
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1781257140
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Haunting of Henry Twist Reviews

  • Lisa
    Mar 12, 2019
    Well, this isn?t what I expected. I thought this was going to be a queer twist on the gothic trope of the double and I was excited by that because gothic fiction with a queer twist is always going to appeal to me. But while it?s possible that concept went into the conception of the...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 22, 2017
    The author evokes 1920s London convincingly with atmosphere, character, and dialogue reminiscent of the time period. Very cinematic. Beautiful writing. Great story. ...
  • Abi Walton
    Apr 06, 2018
    The Haunting of Henry Twist is a quietly powerful novel about grief, love, and rebuilding. To me, these words 'quietly powerful' sum up the effect this novel has on me. I was hooked by the blurb but it was the story of Henry's strength and how he learns to build himself another family ...
  • Karen Mace
    Feb 21, 2019
    This is a beautifully written story set in the 1920's and follows Henry Twist as he deals with the tragedy of losing his pregnant wife and having to bring up their young baby on his own, whilst dealing with his grief and how perceptions of the time would lead him to have to take the ba...
  • Kathryn
    Aug 21, 2018
    Despite its title, Rebecca John?s The Haunting of Henry Twist isn?t a ghost story in the traditional sense but it does have an ethereal feel to it, and is likely to haunt you long after finishing it. Ruby Twist?s story is told in flashback after the first chapter in The Haunti...
  • Katy Wheatley
    Apr 07, 2019
    I really wanted to like this more than I did. It started off brilliantly and I was really intrigued. About eighty pages in, I felt that it really began to lose focus and what started out as an intense and slightly eerie story of a man's grief, became so many things that it just became ...
  • Jennifer
    May 10, 2018
    ?Don?t you think that?s a beautiful story?? ?I don?t know,? Henry answers. ?It?s a bit sad.? ?Oh, it?s a lot sad,? Vivian agrees. ?You?re right there. Doesn?t mean it can?t be beautiful, though.? I shed many tears reading this book. It is achingly...
  • Ian Mond
    Dec 10, 2017
    I didn?t particularly enjoy reading Rebecca F. John?s debut novel The Haunting of Henry Twist. It?s not just because I found the character of Matilda to be objectionable, I also never really bought into Henry and Jack?s relationship (more on that in a second) and I found the no...
  • Cjfielden
    Apr 07, 2018
    I initially liked the concept of this book. A grieving widower meets a mysterious man, who turns out to be a conman, on evening of his wife?s funeral and begins to believe that his dead wife has come back to him in a different form. However, as the book progressed, it just felt as if...
  • Jonathan
    Jun 15, 2019
    I loved this. The characters are all well drawn, the tensions within the plot are sustained over the whole book, with its mix of romance and sorrow, friendship and misplaced affections, along with a growing obsession with the mysteries of the afterlife. When Henry Twist's wife Ruby is ...
  • Lise
    May 15, 2018
    There are lots of problems with this book, a key one is that it is extremely overwritten. Clearly John is trying to find an original style, but she often ends with lots of platitudes when it is not completely meaningless sentences. The story too is extremely irregular: I don't know how...
  • Sue
    Aug 11, 2018
    A beautifully crafted tale of love and loss, but mostly of love and the search for lost love wherever it can be found. This is in no way the 'chic lit' of romantic ideal, it is love in the raw pain of loss and the sacrifice of the person of the past so that love can survive in the pre...
  • Lisa
    Jan 29, 2018
    If I had to describe this book in only a few words, I would choose "quietly powerful". I think these two words perfectly sum up the impact this book had on me. I didn't know what to expect going in and I was very pleasantly surprised by what I discovered within its pages, namely a beau...
  • Renita D'Silva
    Aug 01, 2018
    Poignant and beautiful ...
  • Mirjam
    Jun 16, 2018
    Goodness. It says "a tender, charming gem of a book" on the cover, and that doesn't seem like a fitting description for this testament to trauma, grief, and anxiety, IMO. It's a wonderful, moving book that paints incredibly realistic pictures of humans -- it's tempting to hate Matilda,...
  • Tim
    Nov 21, 2017
    The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F. John is shortlisted for the 2017 Costa First Novel Award. 4.5 stars It's 1926 in London and Ruby is happy. She loves her husband Henry, she has settled in London away from her family in Pwll, and a child is on the way. Ruby is lost in tho...
  • Kelly Pells
    Mar 04, 2018
    The Haunting of Henry Twist is a beautiful novel that has so much to say about love, grief, fear and happiness. With its 1920s setting, its cast of Bright Young Things and its three-dimensional characters, it bears comparisons to The Great Gatsby. Henry Twist is a wonderful characte...
  • Lorraine Baker
    Mar 04, 2018
    London, 1926: Henry Twist's heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and killed, though miraculously the baby survives. Henry is left with nothing but his new daughter - a single father in a world without single fathers. He hurries the baby ho...
  • Snoakes
    Nov 28, 2018
    At the core of The Haunting of Henry Twist is a delicate and sensitive study of grief, of loss, longing and desire. Henry and Ruby, along with their friends Grayson and Matilda, spend a lot of time in a private garden in the centre of London. The garden is owned by Monty - a mutual fr...
  • Alyson
    Nov 23, 2018
    I very much enjoyed the setting of this novel in post WW1 London where there is a mixture of working class, war veterans and bright young things with plenty of money and the world at their feet. I liked the position that Henry and his crowd fall into, flip-flopping between the working ...
  • Sara Marsden
    Jan 05, 2018
    It?s 1926, Henry Twist is unexpectedly widowed and becomes a first time father in one day. One night he meets Jack, a man who claims to only remember his own name and Henry?s. . His wife Ruby haunts him every day. How can one day his wife be so full of life and the next she is g...
  • Karen
    Sep 02, 2017
    Set in postwar London 1926, Henry Twist's pregnant wife Ruby leaves home to meet her friend. On the way, she is involved in a tragic accident and killed, though miraculously the baby survives. Henry is left with his grief and Libby, his daughter-a single father desperately lonely in ...
  • Victoria Gamble
    Sep 02, 2018
    So many problems with this book, but the words themselves were well used. I hated the bitty nature of the writing that looked like the author wrote for an hour a day and shoved all the bits together. The story was rubbish and just wanted to pick on a taboo subject from 1930s and picked...
  • Benenden School Library
    Sep 25, 2018
    This is not the usual kind of ghost story. This is, in fact, barely a ghost story at all. It is 1926, and London glitters in the eyes of the ?Bright Young People? so immortalized by Evelyn Waugh and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Henry and Ruby Twist skirt the edges of this world, desp...
  • Aleardo Zanghellini
    Jun 18, 2018
    Beautiful cover. The novel itself bored me to tears and I could only get through 1/3 of it before giving up, realising I would never get back the hours I?d spend on reading the rest. There are probably less than a handful of novels I did not finish in my life, and this has the dubiou...
  • Cendaquenta
    Jun 26, 2018
    I adore this book. Add to your TBR immediately if you're interested in: - gorgeous writing - LGBTQ+ historical fiction - London - the 1920s - a small cast of oh-so-flawed characters - a beautiful, mysterious, roguish man with a past to hide - the starkly yet lovingly rendered de...
  • India
    Mar 15, 2018
    I adored this book. Whilst reading it, all I could think was that it was going to become one of my favourites. My only issue is the ending. I felt it was very weak in comparison to the rest of the novel. It leaves questions unanswered that I was so desperate to know the answer to. O...
  • Sharmilla
    Jul 26, 2018
    Oh, where do I begin. This book is so beautiful, so haunting, and nothing like I expected it would be. Granted, I?d been drawn to this because of the extremely beautiful cover, but what I found in the pages in between is a darling, quietly evocative story that I feel I am going to be...
  • Luna_Rose
    Jan 22, 2019
    When I entered this book I didn't know what to expect, maybe some mystery and a splash of romance between the characters. I'll admit there are some thing I liked. For example I enjoyed most of the narration and how we got to see the characters deal with many problems such as marriage, ...
  • Andrew Howdle
    Sep 24, 2018
    Why people are listing this as a LBTQ+ novel is totally beyond me because this is one thing it certainly is not. The premise of the novel is frankly ridiculous: Ruby Twist dies in an omnibus accident. Her grieving husband, Henry, with a sudden baby to bring up, believes that the ghost ...