Book review: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part one by Audrey Davis

The weather has finally turned wintery which means it was perfect for snuggling under warm blankets and read the ARC of Audrey Davis’ new book I was given in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One


Some people just won’t take death lying down … ! 

Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.
Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.
Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary has returned. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.
Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

This is the first book of a fun-filled trilogy about life, death and letting go.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings is a delightful and enjoyable read that made me chuckle  with its gentle humour and quirky observations as well as the unfortunate timing of Hattie’s husband Gary haunts. If ghosts exist, this is how they would appear unlike the romantic versions Hollywood depicts in their films, such as Ghost.  All the characters are highly relatable and I was quickly drawn into their lives as they cope after his sudden death. The close relationship between Hattie and Gary is refreshing to read.

If anyone has had conversations about whether they would haunt their other half, family or friend after  death, this is a book to read. It is fun, captivating and the only downside is having to wait for the next installment to discover what happens next.

This book is perfect for when you need to take a break from the hectic Christmas preparations and makes an ideal alternative to the festive reads that are in abundance.

I look forward to reading part two and I have another author to watch and more books to add to my ever growing TBR list.

This book can be purchased from Amazon UK –

Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis

About Audrey Davis

Scottish-born Audrey studied journalism in Edinburgh more decades ago than she cares to admit. She cut her writing teeth on provincial newspapers (using a typewriter) and a London-based video magazine (another sign of her advanced years).

Engagement to her now-husband Bill took them to Singapore, Australia and Buckinghamshire, England, before they settled in Switzerland in 2002. Along the way they had two boys, both all grown-up and living in the UK.

Her journey to becoming a published author began with an online Writing Fiction course. It took well over a year but, in June 2017, Audrey published her debut romantic comedy novel, A Clean Sweep. It was quickly followed by a shorter and darker prequel, A Clean Break.
The idea for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings came from nowhere, just a random title that popped into her head and from there grew into Part One of a trilogy. It comes under the same genre, but has some poignant scenes and – hopefully – lots of laughs! Audrey admits to being a worrier, and has always used humour as a defence mechanism, as her friends will attest.

When Audrey isn’t writing, she loves shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Strictly Come Dancing (a strange mix, she knows). Her interests include cooking (and eating pretty much anything apart from oysters), travelling and going to the gym. OK, the last one is mainly to compensate for her passion for food!

Audrey would describe herself as a ‘pantser’ rather than a ‘planner’, preferring to run where a story takes her and scribble copious notes along the way. She’d love to write a page-turning thriller, but fears her natural tendency to see the comic side of life might be an obstacle.

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Have you read The Haunting of Hattie Hastings or Audrey Davis’ other books? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Happy reading and keep warm!


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