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The Gate of Air

by James Buchan

Wealthy ex-city businessman Jim Smith moves into Paradise Farm, seemingly to begin a new life. Yet his time there is far from idyllic, as ghosts of the past and the demons of his present threaten to engulf him. This supernatural love story gripped me tightly from the start and held me firmly until the end, when the mystery finally begins to unravel.

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Jim's world, so carefully rebuilt on its new foundation of happiness, a second time disintegrated. Jim's heart overflowed with pity, not just for the girl and her mother, but for his lost illusion. He had believed that the circle of the haunted comprised just Jack and himself and John Walker, and never thought that it would pass into the world of women and children.

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