Graham Masterton – Spirit (BCA, 1995, Original Heinemann, 1995, hc, 424 p.)
Little Peggy Buchanan drowns in the family swimming pool on an icy winter's day. For her sisters, Elizabeth and Laura, the tragedy not only ends their childhood games, but changes their lives for ever. Peggy may be dead – but she hasn't left them.
As the sisters grow up, there are a number of mysterious deaths among the people around them. No matter how warm the weather, the victims always suffer intense frostbite – some of them so frozen that they split apart. The police and the dealers are at a loss to explain it.
All the victims have in common is their contact with Laura or Elizabeth – and the presence, when they die, of a small girl wearing a white dress.
And the deeper Elizabeth delves, the more she fears that the girl is Peggy, somehow recreated through the story she used to read her, The Snow Queen. But this is no fairy story, for Peggy is back with unstoppable, stone-cold revenge in mind …
This is a book club edition, there was Mandarin paperback and later a few others.
According to some reviews this is one of Masterton's more subdued books. At the time he began to write series like Rook, about a teacher who can see ghosts. I never read one of those, same goes for the crime novels he later did like his Katie Maguire series where the last one was published in February 2020. Also one I never sampled; there is just too much of the same stuff in circulation. Masterton is 74 and still publishing for commercial outfits. He has written more than 85 novels. Quite an achievement.