#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Haunting of Hattie Hastings (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Audrey Davis ~ Mini #BookReviews #GhostStory

A serialised novel, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings tells the story of Hattie who is happily married to Gary. They have a teenage son Johnny who sometimes tries Hattie’s patience, as teenagers tend to do. Cat, Hattie’s best friend since primary school, has thankfully ditched her controlling husband and is much happier. Her brother Jack is in a strong relationship with his partner, Ben. Hattie’s mother Rachel is an elegant lady with a few gentlemen friends who is about to face a frightening battle. 

Part 1

Returning from a night out, Gary volunteers to clean the kitchen after Johnny’s efforts at cooking himself a meal and takes the trash out to the bin. Hattie is upstairs when she hears a bang and, rushing to the window, sees a car screeching away. Hattie’s life changed forever that night. Nearly twenty-one years of marriage brought to an end by a hit and run driver. Hattie is devastated but almost before she’s had time to process the changes in her life she has a huge shock when Gary materialises in front of her.

Other storylines are woven in with Hattie and Gary’s—Cat’s ex has turned up like the bad penny he is, just when Cat needs it least with a new relationship just beginning. Johnny is being a typical adolescent male and Hattie’s mum Rachel has her own problem to deal with.

Part 2

The story continues with Gary not knowing why he’s still earthbound and his spirit guide Clarence isn’t telling. All he’ll say is that Gary has a mission to complete before he can move on. Perhaps it has something to do with young Marty, a boy Gary has befriended in the afterlife. Hattie, trying to get on with life, is getting used to Gary dropping in and out even if his timing is sometimes not the best. She’s relieved and dumbfounded in equal measure when she gets a visit from Cat telling her about Gary’s appearance and Stewart’s return.

Hattie’s very happy that Johnny is growing up and getting his life together, but her mother has had some devastating news.

Part 3

Gary has asked Hattie to pass on a very sensitive message, something she’s not looking forward to at all. It was bad enough trying to convince Cat about Gary, now she needs to convince people she doesn’t even know. On top of that, Cat seems to be falling for Stewart’s manipulations again, even after all her efforts to reassert herself and rebuild her life. And as if Hattie hasn’t enough to worry about, Gary’s visits are getting less frequent and he’s unable to materialise for long. 

Rachel is having a rough time but she has someone she can lean on, someone who is only too willing to be there for her, as well as her family. She has always been strong and has every intention of fighting the disease ravaging her body.

I’ve loved reading these novellas. Even though the story is basically about death, there’s humour and light hearted banter to offset the more serious side, although it does deal with some weighty issues as well, including dealing with loss, letting go and losing a child. Audrey Davis has tackled everything sympathetically and with care, her take on the afterlife intriguing and thought provoking.

The characters are convincing, well developed and endearing, however I did want to shake some sense into Cat at one point. Fortunately Gary came to the rescue in a wonderfully comedic scene. I really cared about them all, there was humour, sadness and a wonderfully satisfying ending.

6 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Haunting of Hattie Hastings (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Audrey Davis ~ Mini #BookReviews #GhostStory

  1. Sounds a bit like Randall and Hopkirk Deceased (which may well be from before your time!). I’m never sure if I’d really like my dead relatives to pop in on me unexpectedly. Unless they bring cake, of course… 😉

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