Emma Chandler wakes up in an empty train expecting to see her mother and family, but the carriage is deserted except for the ghost of a girl. At first Emma is afraid, but the ghost is only there to offer comfort and help Emma recall fading memories.
Train Ghost follows the lives of two girls before they meet on the train, two very different lives, one cold and harsh, the other warm and caring. What has happened to bring them together and why are they similar in so many ways yet so different in others? This is an intriguing, thoughtful and mature story with an explosive ending.
Age Range: 12+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: ‘B’ paperback
Word Count: 40,000
Reprints : 2009, 2010, 2017
If she had been asleep, it had been the strangest of sleeps, and if she was now awake, it was the strangest of wakings…
It was midnight and she still couldn’t sleep. She went to the kitchen and took a glass of milk. She could hear her father snoring. He stopped for a moment and Emmy waited, then he started again and she relaxed. In the living room, the papers they’d been looking at were still on the table.
She studied the plan of the house, the front, the rear garden, the downstairs rooms, the staircase, the upstairs bedrooms. Victor had indicated the safe with an ‘X’, just like a treasure map.
She wondered if she should take the map to the police, but she daren’t. When Victor and Saul found out, which they would, they’d kill her. Really kill her. And she couldn’t cheat on her dad.
She loved him and hated him at the same time, and though he’d got her into something bad and dangerous, she just couldn’t sneak to the police behind his back. She’d do this terrible thing and it would be over.
Teachers commented that she wasn’t as single minded as she’d been. They asked her if she was alright and if something was troubling her. This was scary. She feared that adults could read her thoughts, that nothing was secret. Even her friends told her she was acting weird.
She wondered if she ought to speak to someone, after all there was no big deal about what had happened, it was just a coincidence, and if she told people then it wouldn’t affect her so much any more.
But something inside her said she should keep quiet about it, and she did. Nevertheless, she needed to do something and an idea took shape, but she was so shocked by it that she tri
Her head was buzzing and she wondered if the lady could read her mind, or sense her anxiety. She breathed slowly and gathered her thoughts. If all went well, she would be home normal time, no one would be the wiser and she would have done a good thing, meeting the girl who was haunting her. Mum and dad wouldn’t know she’d been away, the school wouldn’t follow up this single day’s absence of their trusted star pupil, the world would just keep turning normally. It was all so easy.
Nevertheless, Emma’s heart beat faster and she had to constantly fight her conscience which told her she had committed some horrendous crime.
When she opened her eyes after what seemed like an eternity, the elderly lady was looking out of the window, her husband, if it was her husband, was snoring, and the business woman was reading a paper. Nobody was taking any notice of her.