Wish You Weren’t Here

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Many families run a business together, it’s just that the Rook’s business is a little more unusual than most. Still, the family that hunts ghosts together stays together, which is why they’re on Coldbay Island – to deal with a troublesome ghost before they move on to the next job on their busy schedule. Unfortunately, the ghost has other ideas, and the island is looking increasingly deserted. And Brenda’s had a bad feeling about the East Midlands since the nineties, and that feeling is getting worse, and worse…


Having not come across Gabby Hutchinson Crouch before, I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I quite liked what I found. The closest I can come to a comparison is to imagine what Ghostbusters would have been like had it been written by Christopher Moore around the time of Practical Demonkeeping.

Wish You Weren’t Here is entertaining and comes with just the right amount of humour and snark. The family business set-up is novel and quirky enough to set it apart from similar novels by other authors, but two of the characters – mother and daughter – came across as so self-centred and unpleasant that they detracted too much to be evened out by the father and his ‘friend’, or even the Polish son-in-law. It has left me with a burning need to search out ‘Delicje Szampańskie’, though; a cherry version of Jaffa Cakes sounds absolutely divine!

The novel still makes an interesting start to a series and is probably enough to make the reader want to read the next instalment. In the meantime, I think I’ll give the author’s Darkwood series a go.

I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date: 7th October 2021

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