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Grave's End: A True Ghost Story

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,224 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982, they had no idea that they and their young daughters were embarking on a thirteen year nightmare.

Within a few days of moving in, Elaine and her older daughter began to experience the sensation of being watched. Then came scratching noises and weird smells, followed by voices whisper
Paperback, 174 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Llewellyn Publications (first published May 1st 2001)
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Jeannie Sloan
May 28, 2010 Jeannie Sloan rated it did not like it
Shelves: ghost-current
I was very disappointed with this book.The writing seems to be done by a junior high school, immature girl.She screams and pouts and lets her daughter's suffer years of torment because she is 'scared'.Her treatment of her children was criminal and I don't blame her husband for not believing anything she says.
This woman disgusted me and I had to force myself to finish it.It was obvious that she is also a very stupid women and very uneducated.I also didn't believe all of the 'supernatural' occurre
Jan 04, 2013 Ulises rated it did not like it
Being a fellow writer, I don't like to speak badly of anyone's hard work. And I do appreciate the work Mercado put into this.

But I couldn't enjoy this book in the least. I believe in the supernatural and enjoy a good ghost story as much as anyone. Grave's End, however, is just so poorly written, I found myself skipping whole pages out of frustration.

I don't know how many times the words "suffocating dreams" were used, but by the end, I felt that if I never heard that combination of words again,
Aug 18, 2013 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a quick read between other more serious books, so I didn't have high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, that's exactly what I got.

This is a pedestrian book about a haunting of an otherwise average house written by the otherwise average homeowner. As well meaning as the writer may be in her desire to share her experiences, I strongly suggest she keep her day job.

The writing is very repetitive and uninspired, and the extraordinary experiences seem boring due to the lack o
Sep 13, 2012 Cynthia rated it liked it
This book is written from the point of view of the author, Elaine Mercado. Grave's End tells her real-life experience of a haunting that ruled her and her family's life for many years. It was interesting to read about the disturbances this family experience in their home. I have always found it interesting to read first-hand experiences of the paranormal.

Mercado stresses over and over throughout the book how terrified she was during the times of frequent paranormal activity happening in the hom
Kimberly Yates
Jun 26, 2016 Kimberly Yates rated it it was amazing
I read this book back in 2003 and I can still remember very well the title of the book, its cover and its writings within. This story has stayed with me for years. I remember sitting in a cozy chair back then, curled up late at night with this book, biting my nails and unable to set it down. This book is a whirlwind, you just have to know what happens with the haunting. Will they stay in the house? Will someone be hurt badly? I recommend this book, it will stay with you for a long time to come. ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books
"When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1982, they had no idea that they and their two young daughters were embarking on a thirteen-year nightmare.

Within a few days of moving in, Elaine and her older daughter began to experience the sensation of being watched. Then came scratching noises and weird smells, followed by voices whispering, maniacal laughter, shadowy figures scurrying along baseboards, and small balls of light bouncing along the ceilings. F
Mar 15, 2013 cocktailsatfive rated it really liked it
As someone with a love of "all things spooky," this book definitely met that criteria and then some. Particularly since it is based on a true story. I think people that are giving this book bad reviews based on the writing are forgetting the fact that this woman is not a professional writer/author. She's an RN living in a haunted house and simply wanted to share her experience. I first heard about this house on Paranormal Witness and then discovered Elaine Mercado had wrote a book as well. I lit ...more
Jessica West
Aug 24, 2013 Jessica West rated it it was ok
I am a big fan of all things paranormal. I have read many books on this subject, and this started off to be an alright read. However it soon became quite repetitive (suffocating dreams), and I have no idea how anyone could live with all that activity and fear for so long without doing anything about it. After all the years of activity it seemed a bit of an anti-climax when the house was 'cleansed' within only a few hours. It would have been good if the history of the house had been looked into i ...more
May 25, 2015 Laurie rated it liked it
i can't fully describe my feelings about this book. it is written in first person narrative by the woman who lived it. Have you ever ran into a person that just rubs you the wrong way? Where you just have an almost uncontrollable urge to poke them in the eye with a stick for reasons that you just can't explain. This is how I felt about the narrator. Simpering is probably the closest adjective to use for her if I could only use one to describe her. She almost seemed to enjoy her role as victim to ...more
May 30, 2009 Tracey rated it liked it
This is a tale of a “true ghost story” allegedly, taking place in Brooklyn in 1982. It was a fast and entertaining book, nothing better than a good ghost story to read late night when all alone. It was written by Elaine Mercado who at times comes across as a weak and helpless woman who has no control over her life. I only wanted to slap her a few times. It just seemed like she was forever beating herself up throughout the novel. This distracted from the main story of the thirteen-year nightmare ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes non-fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Just about everyone loves a good ghost story, but what does one do when it seems as if the very fabric of reality twists and the vastness of the shadowy unknown peers out from behind the everyday rhythm of life? In Grave's End: A True Ghost Story, Ms. Mercado addresses this issue with wrenching candor. Although this may not be a book to read in an old, shadowy house at midnight, the story offers both fear and hope, and a sense of something eternal.

By the time Elaine Mercado and her first husban
Oct 23, 2012 Hart rated it liked it
Quite an entertaining book although the author could have cut off or minimized some of the unnecessarily repeated stories and mélange of thoughts and emotions - she was terrified, but she seemed confident by not doing anything to solve her problem, not till many years later. The same with her daughters, which was rather frustrating from a reader's POV.

At some point, all the balls of lights and sounds were becoming cliches, I almost gave up reading. Then something interesting happened in the boo
Oct 27, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok
I read this book several years ago, and found it to be annoying. The author takes every ghost/poltergeist cliche ever heard of and throws them all in there together, making the whole thing completely unbelievable. I didn't believe any of it for a second. Which was disappointing, because when you read a "true-ghost" story, you want to believe that it really happened. Or at least entertain the fantasy! That's what makes it fun.

Another reason for my doubts: the photo on the cover, of the house, is
Mark Hennion
Apr 09, 2016 Mark Hennion rated it it was ok
Most people have “that” friend. The one who’s had “an” experience. They’ve had a family member reach beyond the grave, perhaps just as a momentary smell or a voice. Or they’ve been the target of a haunt, something more ominous or outright disconcerting. Items misplaced or broken. A constant feeling of dread in an area.
For anyone who has read Elaine Mercado’s Grave’s End, I imagine a chorus of readers all crying out the same thing: “Why aren’t you doing something about all this?” As she makes qui
Jan 25, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
I wish we could give half-stars on here! I'd give this one three and a half stars. After reading several horrible reviews here on Goodreads, I wonder why those people finished the book at all. If it was that bad, why not put it down and move onto something else? I've read much, much worse by so-called legitimate authors.
Anyway, I enjoyed this book well enough and would happily recommend it to anyone who is interested in true hauntings.
Apr 19, 2010 Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghosts
A quick read but I didn't like the quick wrap up at the end. I expected more of an explanation about what was going on. Well I guess in real life not all questions can be answered. I have read better books on this subject but I didn't think the book was awful. I didn't enjoy the writer's style of writing and found some parts to be boring and hard to get through.
Amanda Cowher
Sep 29, 2012 Amanda Cowher rated it it was amazing
This book scared the daylights out of me! It is really creepy, and you may want to sleep with the lights on that night. It's an easy read. Recently "Paranormal Witness" has done a reenactment of this story, and it was very well done. They also interviewed the family. I recommend both the book and the show.
Jan 05, 2010 Autumn rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
Elaine Mercado wrote this book in an almost clinical manner. She gave the facts about what occurred and what she and her family felt. She did not embellish to incite fear or to spook the reader. I appreciated that, though others hoping for a bit of a scare, might not.
Nicholas Kaufmann
May 23, 2014 Nicholas Kaufmann rated it it was ok
I knew Ms. Mercado's daughters. Even they think there was no real haunting. Still, it's an interesting story, and a good illustration of how people can talk themselves into believing something, no matter how outlandish.
Jan 12, 2012 Kimmy rated it it was amazing
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. It was entertaining and definitely scary. I actually had nightmares from reading it right before bed.
Rebecca  Porter
Sep 15, 2014 Rebecca Porter rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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Feb 02, 2016 Wit rated it liked it
I liked the way she wrote, and the fact that she was a nurse gave the book a more scientific feel, but the "suffocating dreams" she and others experienced in her home were exactly like the episodes of sleep paralysis I have experienced before. By asserting that there was no way these episodes could have been sleep paralysis (specifically since everyone in her home was under a high amount of stress) took much of my belief away from her story. As a nurse who claimed to know what sleep paralysis wa ...more
May 23, 2010 Rose rated it did not like it
This woman is in serious need of a CAT scan.
Nov 25, 2012 Amy added it
Shelves: 2012, ad-paranormal
"Most importantly, I want this book to convey the hope that there is life after death - that in some form or another, we go on. I went for years lost in the feeling that when we died there was nothing left but dust. Not anymore. I can't ignore the significance of the various spirits who manifested themselves in our home. We, and others, were there. We saw them and heard them - and felt them. They proved to me, without a doubt, that we survive our physical death. I don't claim to know how this is ...more
Cheryln Bologna
Aug 09, 2012 Cheryln Bologna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any ghost story lover!
This book is about a woman, Elaine, along with her husband and two daughters, deal with their haunted house. They experience many unusual things - the feeling of being watched, strong odors, balls of lights, shadows, and terrifying paralysis episodes in the middle of the night.

While Elaine is terrified of what is happening and wants to sell the house, her daughters are more intrigued than scared. Her husband disregards their stories as nonsense.

Elaine goes into great detail with the hauntings. S
Jan 17, 2012 Kat rated it liked it
A lot of reviews here state the writing was awful. No, it wasn't, not really. The main problem with this book is that the dialogue reads like some badly acted movie. Its not dialogue you would think anyone would say, especially when she recounts things her teenagers would say in regards to the ghostly activity. I'm guessing this is because it was 12+ years worth of MEMORY. She wouldn't remember exactly how someone said something 12+ years before...

The other "writing" problem was the timeline of
Delia O' Riordan
Sep 15, 2012 Delia O' Riordan rated it it was amazing
Review: Grave's End: A True Ghost Story by Elaine Mercado

Have you ever had the experience of lying in bed and becoming aware of a very heavy, immovable weight on your chest? I don't mean a bad case of indigestion or a dream of an elephant crushing you to death. I mean an actual waking experience of someone or something sitting heavily on your chest so that you feel that you will suffocate and die if you can't get it off of you? I have had that experience and that is terrifying! Contemporary psy
Sep 16, 2013 Richard rated it liked it
I found it enjoyable; don't understand all the negative reviews. I personally am a skeptic, but the book still entertained and interested me. The writing is certainly simple and won't win any awards, but it's direct and honest (if you believe the woman's story-or believe she believes it).

I guess if you are looking for the windows coated with flies, faces burned into walls, etc. of the Amityville Horror, I can understand how this book would bore you. The experiences she describes are very tame c
Oct 21, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Grave’s End A True Ghost Story by Elaine Mercado was read for R.I.P. This book had the potential to scare me to death or to not, and it did not. I understand not having lived through that Elaine and her family did writing about things that scared them, things that they did not understand.

The book was written at a JR. level and that made it a quick read. The author at the end of the book talks about meeting Hanz Holzer I would have loved to have had the opportunity to speak with him. There is not
Sep 07, 2013 Taunya rated it really liked it
Although repetitive at times, I enjoyed reading this book and finished it rather quickly. The book is a mother's seemingly honest and heartfelt account of her 13 year struggle with denial, fear and finally acceptance of the paranormal occurrences within her home. Being a registered nurse and graduating with honors, it is obvious that the author is an intelligent woman, but her fear and unwillingness to accept what was happening in the home as paranormal, coupled with the stigma of potentially be ...more
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