I have been looking forward to this for ages, I am always looking for the newest haunted house books to read as I just LOVE haunted house books. Well, if they are written well, which this one was.
However, I am rating it lower, just 3 stars, because of a few things that I wasn’t a fan of in the book. For instance, not sure if it was my copy or not, there were several mistakes in spelling or grammar. Sentences that just seemed wonky and I had to read them two times to find out what was being said.
Then there is the subplot of the Havershouse + land and what was going on with that, I was just bored out of my mind with that + I just didn’t feel like it fitted with the book. I come for horror, not some fraudulent pricks who need to stop being dicks about things.
And of course, Mark. Mark was just the absolute worst in this book. I am not sure if it is because of how we see him through Kate’s eyes or because he is truly a prick. I can just tell you I was hoping that some ghost in the house was going to eat him. He is the typical person in the horror story who doesn’t believe despite MANY MANY events happening. His wife and his children are absolutely terrified of things and you just dismiss them. Because it must be your wife’s mental state and it rubbing off the kids… whut? Even later when his mom is terrified and even sleeps downstairs and refuses to come back he just dismisses it. There are several other moments that had me groaning. Later we learn a bit more about why, but sorry, by then it was just way too late for me. I just didn’t see any love between Mark and Kate and I was wondering why they were still together.
But if we remove all these things the story is just perfection. The house is terrifying and there are many things that happen at night (oh and of course during the day, but most of the terrifying stuff is happening at night. Doors that open, doors that close and lock, a doll (which I had to look up as I never heard of it before) pops up at random times and scares the crap out of me (and the people in the book), there is a shadow lurking around, knocking, and oh my I could go on. You don’t want to be alone in the house. And even with more people it is just a NOPE zone. We slowly find out who is haunting the place, and I just adored how everything unfolded in the right tempo.
There were quite a few moments that had me wanting to hide, it was that scary at times. The author really manages to write an atmospheric horror read.
It didn’t help that we had no clue if Kate was reliable or not. Given her past and how she is just recovering from something big and given some things that happen in this one I was just waiting for the big twist, which never came, sadly, but yeah. It made reading this a bit more exciting as you don’t know if what we see is truly happening or not.
The ending was a bit of a mixed bag for me, on the one hand HOLY HELL, on the other hand why did it end there? Can’t we have a little epilogue? Please!
All in all, I flew through this book before I knew it the book was over. I had plenty of fun reading this one even with the frustrations I had. I would still recommend this book as it is a good haunted house book.