I picked this up after reading her book, The Ninth Floor, and I must say, I really enjoyed it. I think the author must have updated the book because I...moreI picked this up after reading her book, The Ninth Floor, and I must say, I really enjoyed it. I think the author must have updated the book because I did not notice the errors that some of the other reviewers mentioned, particularly the continuity errors. So I'm thinking that if you are interested in the book and the only thing causing you to hesitate is a concern about that, then I would dismiss it. (I'm not sure it is perfect, but it was close enough not to cause me to grimace about the editing.)
Enough about that. :) I'm a big fan of Barbara Michaels and Kay Hooper paranormal mysteries, so this was a very welcomed new find for me. The pace is very brisk and it moves swiftly. The heroine, Ella, is so tragically flawed and yet overcomes her problems, including alcoholism to try to discover who, or what, killed her husband. While I was not totally surprised at the ending, I was completely satisfied, enough so that I bought the next book in the series and am hoping that more Ella Reynolds books will be forthcoming. You really sink into Ella's head in a way that reminds me a great deal of Stephen King's writing, and I appreciate the deep insights. Ella is a difficult person and one that might have come off less likable if we hadn't been "let into her head" to such a an extent. As it was, I truly felt for her and rooted for her to find out the truth about what is going on in her house and what happened to her husband.
Although I had read a number of stories from this collection before, about half were previously unknown to me. I enjoyed them all--it was a perfect co...moreAlthough I had read a number of stories from this collection before, about half were previously unknown to me. I enjoyed them all--it was a perfect collection of eerie haunted house stories. None were overly graphic (which is often a problem with horror stories).(less)
I've been looking for "ghostly" books that aren't just slasher/bloody/gruesome and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. Of course, no one can matc...moreI've been looking for "ghostly" books that aren't just slasher/bloody/gruesome and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. Of course, no one can match Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" but this book made me glad I took the chance and bought it.
I loved the fact that the author "tips his hat" in several ways/moments to Jackson's classic. The basic premise is that there is this house that Jackson used as her model for Hill House. Professor Gabriel Kennedy once had a group of students investigate the house, only to have tragedy strike. They lose a student to the house and it ruins his career.
Jumping forward to the present, a reality TV show hostess decides to host a Halloween special featuring this house, Summer Place, and she brings Kennedy back as part of the team to explore it. He's hoping to fix his broken reputation, but more than that, he's determine to destroy the evil in the house that destroyed one of his students.
I loved the fact that the story was well constructed and character-driven, rather than a gore-fest. The chills are spooky and not "in your face".
It was very enjoyable and moved very, very swiftly. It's a great book if you're looking for something to read over the Halloween season! Enjoy!(less)
Fascinating paranormal that is almost more of a mystery (which I love) than a straight horror or paranormal. And while it should probably be classed a...moreFascinating paranormal that is almost more of a mystery (which I love) than a straight horror or paranormal. And while it should probably be classed as horror, I would say that it is not excessively gory, which I really appreciated.
It gave a fascinating look at Australia (albeit a fake town) and various ancient legends. The writing is evocative and characters very, very real. The hero has lost his wife and is crushed by guilt as he feels it is his fault. He called her and she slipped from a ladder and broke her neck while trying to answer the phone. Then, he suffers a fall and his latent ability to see the dead awakens. He thereafter sees ghosts endlessly caught in their final moments of life. It's heartrending. When he returns home to try to recuperate from his losses (both business and personal) he's caught up in a local mystery involving missing children.
Very well done horror mystery and I highly recommend it. This is just a "short" temporary review until I have a chance to write a lengthier one.(less)