Day 14 of #31AuthorsofHalloween – Amy Cross

About Amy Cross

Amy Cross is the author of more than 100 horror, paranormal and fantasy novels. Her books include Asylum, The Farm, The Bride of Ashbyrn House and The Haunting of Blackwych Grange. She has also written three collections of horror short stories, titled Perfect Little Monsters, Twisted Little Things and The Ghost of Longthorn Manor

Synopsis for The Nurse

Twenty years ago, something very bad happened in this house. But it’s over now. I promise.”

When Rachel moves to a new house with her mother, she immediately realizes that something isn’t quite right. Although she’s blind, Rachel can tell that the stories about the house’s past don’t add up. And slowly, she starts to worry that someone or something from that past might still be around.

Soon, Rachel learns the story of the house’s previous occupant, a troubled nurse who spent every waking moment caring for a sick old man. The nurse eventually lost her mind, resulting in a series of horrific murders, but have the events of that awful time truly been left behind? Or is something stirring in the night, something that only Rachel seems to notice?

The Nurse is the story of a girl who finds herself trapped in a sinister house, and a woman who believes she’s being haunted by the ghost of a long-dead child. Contains scenes of violence.

My Review for The Nurse

Both horrific and sad, I guarantee you that you will not be able to put this book down. I was not expecting the ending. Jumping from past to present, parts will start linking together, pieces of the puzzle will start to form the picture. As I was reading the book, I was searching for answers, until finally it came out into the open. Even at work, I was thinking about this story to find out what was connecting the two women and the house. Until the end.

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The Education of Ellie by Jackie Calhoun

A book of drama and love between friends that was long ago.


Returning home to Pine Hill to attend her mother’s funeral Ellie sees her childhood friend Helen for the first time in thirty years. A lot has happened in thirty years. Both women are divorced with grown children and careers that satisfy them.

When Ellie stays on in Pine Hill to settle her mother’s estate, Helen jumps at the chance to resume their long lost friendship, and Ellie, despite reservations, can’t resist.

But with the years come a lot of baggage and the two women struggle with who they are now while fighting the painful memories of their first parting.

While they be able to move past their history to start again?

I really enjoyed The Education of Ellie. Ellie, who is introduced in the beginning at her mom’s funeral, with her grown daughters, learn a little bit about her briefly. You are suddenly introduced to Helen. Who has a very long, heart-breaking history.

Through the book, you are thrown between the past and the present. You learn more and more of how Ellie thinks, and how Helen became who she is. It truly is a heart-breaking story that makes you want to hug the ladies, because there was so much going on in their childhood, that at least one person had to go through the same thing in real life.

I really liked how Ellie opened her heart up to Helen, even though it was a tough decision for her to make. I am really glad that Helen persisted lol. I felt that those two really were meant to be together.

I give the book 5 stars, the way it was written, how the characters interacted with each other, how descriptive it was, how addicting it was (are they going to get together?), and just overall the story.

What is your favorite heart-breaking story?

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