Kalbrandt Institute Archives – Book I: Hauntings

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It’s not easy for a psychometrist to find a bona fide job as a psychic. So when Eva is offered a job at the prestigious if reclusive Kalbrandt Institute, it’s a dream come true. Here, her ability to ‘read’ the history of objects by simply touching them is valued. Highly valued.

But as the files she studies reveal their stories, each more disturbing than the last, Eva realises that the Institute is more than an academic research organisation. Its archives contain dark secrets, guarded by countless agents through the ages.

Now she is one of those agents, and the secrets she discovers may well cost her her life…

Review stars 5“Overall, this was a fantastic read that put short stories together in a form that held my interest, and I definitely look forward to reading more from this author. Hopefully that whetted your interest, and I highly recommend getting this book!” Read the whole review here!
 – Sci Fi and Scary Book Reviews 

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“I was thrilled with myself for finding this book. The writing is not only excellent, but more importantly, the characters are fabulous: three-dimensional, multi-faceted and realistic. The short stories are all linked through our main character, Eva, who is such an engaging woman, and all the plots offer an original take on the haunting place phenomenon. Now that’s what I like! So many books are carbon copies of each other, it was refreshing to read something different. I can’t wait to know more about “Jonathan”. Oh yes, I do… I am intrigued by this series, and judging by this first offering, I will definitely read the next. I only hope I won’t have to wait too long!”
– Caroline Cairn on goodreads.com

“I absolutely loved this book. I’m eagerly awaiting the second.”
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GracieKat on goodreads.com

Review stars 5“A wonderful book to read on long winter nights, with very atmospheric stories that range from delightfully spooky to deep and philosophical, with the frame narrative ending in an unexpected twist.”
 – Birte via chrischelser.com

Review stars 5“The reports are wonderfully varied and well documented. The English language used in the book is of a very high level, which I enjoyed very much during reading. The background information at the end of the book is an extra treat.”
– Hannah Bijl on Amazon

Review stars 4“My first reaction was “Finally, a book that treats ghosts and other phenomena as real”. The goosebumps do not come from wondering about whether or not there are ghosts, so one can delve into the story head-first and see what develops. From other books by Chelser I had already come to expect a high level of wielding the English language. I will enjoy going back to these stories to re-read and discover more nuances.”
 – Edith Gessner via chrischelser.com 

Review stars 4“My favourite story must have been the one in Paris. Those two ghosts had won my heart from the first moment. I was actually quite cross that they should be exorcised. If one story already can make me as the reader instantly relate to characters depicted, then the rest of the book cannot be bad. And it is not; far from it.”
– Elke Niclaesen on Amazon

2 thoughts on “Kalbrandt Institute Archives – Book I: Hauntings”

  1. Elke Niclasen says:

    My favourite story must have been the one in Paris. Those two ghosts had won my heart from the first moment. I was actually quite cross that they should be exorcised. If one story already can make me as the reader instantly relate to characters depicted, then the rest of the book cannot be bad. And it is not; far from it.

    I would gladly give it 4 1/2 stars (because giving five…where would I have to go with the next books?)

  2. Edith Gessner says:

    My first reaction was “Finally, a book that treats ghosts and other phenomena as real”. The goosebumps do not come from wondering about whether or not there are ghosts, so one can delve into the story head-first and see what develops. From other books by Chelser I had already come to expect a high level of wielding the English language.

    I will enjoy going back to these stories to re-read and discover more nuances.

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