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3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Six year old Jenny Barnes wakes up from night terrors only to find out that ghosts are real and there’s no such thing as safe.
She lives in a two hundred year old farmhouse with her large family, but they’re not alone. There’s a malevolent presence up in the attic and the forest surrounding the farm is alive with folks who just won’t stay dead. Worse is the fact that the c
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Paperback, 450 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Penny S. Fitzgerald (first published September 1st 2011)
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Michael
Jan 30, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012
Review from Badelynge
I would echo another reader's opinion that Peazy Monellon's writing does bring to mind early Stephen King. Meany has that dark playfulness that King was so adept at. A young girl called Jenny and her cohort of brothers and sisters (mostly sisters)are growing up on a farm under the increasingly cruel rule of their dictatorial father. The place is also awash with spooks. For a first book this is pretty well written though at times I felt it did get a little tangled up in the
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Peazy Monellon
Dec 01, 2011 Peazy Monellon rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good ghost story,
This is my own baby, so of course I love it!
Bandit
May 19, 2014 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't overly impressed with Monellon's novella Nathanial's Window, but not enough so to not give the author another chance. And I'm glad I did. Monellon does much better with long form, Meany was a very solid effort, well written, excellent characterizations. It's possible there was actually too much going on on the Barnes farm, domestic abuse alone and dealing with it would have made for a compelling story, but author threw in ghosts of two different kinds and all their unique ghostly ways. ...more
Mateo
May 26, 2012 Mateo rated it really liked it
Another solid horror story recommended to me by Amazon.
Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
Nov 14, 2013 Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Review to come.
Tobyann Aparisi
Jan 04, 2013 Tobyann Aparisi rated it it was amazing
This is a book you do not read before going to bed! Unless you are okay with dreaming about Indian Ghosts and crazy fathers and sweet little girls you want to protect to the ends of the earth. Just don't drink the water on this farm! before saying good night and traveling down that path of weird and crazy. Sad thing is, I truly believe this is how it was (and may still be in some homes) for some children. I just so wanted to reach through the pages of this book and tear this dad a new one each t ...more
Donald
Apr 01, 2012 Donald rated it really liked it
This is the story of a family who you’ll come to care about as you are brought into their lives. It is the story of a spare-the-rod-and-spoil-the-child father, Charles Barnes, who is driven to madness by the water from a newly discovered spring on his property. The same water his cows and a prize bull are allowed to drink. They ultimately go mad as well (mad cow...yeah), which adds another layer to Charles’ own madness.

It is a story which is told to Father Murphy by Eddie Kingsley, a hired hand
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Ray
Mar 29, 2012 Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
I won the book through good read's first reads giveaways.

I was a little hesitant at the very start of the book. Thought it was going to be preachy and relatively childish-like, but after continuing on through the book I simply couldn't put it down. Amazing, spooky, enjoyable, and slightly eerie throughout the entire book kept you lingering on the edge of questions and excitement to figure out what happens next. Peazy Menellon has done a very good job writing this book. Thank you for the awesome
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Joanne
Oct 28, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
I downloaded this as a kindle freebie, but the cover ( which is not the one shown above ),made me reluctant to read it, but I'm so glad that I decided to give it a go. I was hooked after a few pages and couldn't put it down until the end.
I would definitely recommend this reading this book.
4.5 stars.
Rachel
Jan 09, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Too Much Going On While I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I enjoyed Nathanial's Window, I found the children's POV parts irritatingly childish and rather inconsistent. The parts detailing Charles' descent further into madness were well done, and suitably creepy.

All in all, there seemed to be just too much going on to fully get a good grip on it: domestic abuse, animal cruelty, crazy ghosts, not-so-crazy ghosts, and a long-gone Indian tribal council thing (didn't see the point of that, the sto
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Lisa
May 28, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book is rather frightening. At times its a bit hard to follow but it is a very very good book and I would recommend it. This was a free book off of Kindle.
Shay Kwiat
Dec 27, 2012 Shay Kwiat rated it it was amazing
impossible to put down. this writer can tell a tale that will find you sitting up in the middle of the night to finish it.
Jonathan Mogensen
Aug 31, 2012 Jonathan Mogensen rated it it was amazing
A fantastic horror novel. It definitely kept me guessing right up until the end and was impossible to put down.
Peazy Monellon
Dec 01, 2011 Peazy Monellon rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good ghost story.
This is one of my own 'children', so yeah, I love it.
Any Length
Feb 16, 2012 Any Length rated it it was ok
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Jennifer
Jul 11, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Extremely basic synopsis for those not wanting to read my entire review: It feels like the author had several ideas for excellent horror books and tried to fit ALL those ideas into one novel, with some negative results.

If you are still reading, then here is the detailed review. This book does not quite live up to all of the hype in my opinion; however, I don't dislike it either. It is an average book that could have been great but fell short in places. There are some inconsistencies with some of
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Jaclyn
Jan 03, 2013 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on Kindle Buffet as a free download. The plot summary intrigued me, but looking back on it now, it's a little misleading. The entire story wasn't really a horror/thriller, although it was a bit creepy, so I guess it works. As for the story overall, it was interesting but a bit contrived, and the whole Native American element seemed out of place, but I do give the author credit for creativity/imagination. As another reviewer has commented, the abundance of animal and child cruel ...more
Stepha
Jan 19, 2012 Stepha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-thriller
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads, and even if I didn't I would have bought it. This was a pretty frightening story. The children and wife you feel bad for, the father is someone you wish to never cross. He's horrible to his family. At one time I wanted to have a 200 year old farm house, not any more. You never know what or who is hiding in the attic or the basement.

The book will keep a reader intersted and wanting to know what is next, there are some times I wanted to
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Lisa
Jul 31, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Definitely a creepy book in its own weird way.
Lisa Goodale
Apr 17, 2016 Lisa Goodale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book.

Good old fashioned scary read. Just what I was hoping for. It moves quickly, and keeps your interest. I really enjoyed this book.
Anthony Miller
Sep 28, 2011 Anthony Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shivers...
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