So, I just finished this book, this "non-fiction" book. The whole "true story" thing has to be the biggest bull I've ever heard of. Even if you read t...moreSo, I just finished this book, this "non-fiction" book. The whole "true story" thing has to be the biggest bull I've ever heard of. Even if you read this book as fiction, it's just full of plot holes. This book is also nowhere near scary.
Firstly, Anson glosses over the DeFeos' story, which to me is the most interesting aspect of the book. Anson also has a supreme love for exclamation points. He used more exclamation points than were necessary. It's almost like he's telling the readers "read this part! Isn't it unbelievable?! Isn't this just crazy!". It seemed like Anson didn't believe that he can get by on just his wording and his story. He had to tell us which parts were unbelievable instead of letting the readers make their own conclusions.
Anson states "There is no evidence that any strange events occurred at 112 Ocean Avenue after the period of time reported in this book, but this too makes sense....ghost-hunters assure their clients that structural changes in a house, even a simple rearrangement of furniture, such as effected by a new tenant, will bring a speedy end to reports of the abnormal." That's just too damn convenient, don't you think?
So, this book was not a horror, nor was a complete non-fiction. Regardless of how you classify this book, it's just not good. Due yourself a favor and skip it. Instead, read the real horror story of 112 Ocean Avenue: the murder of the DeFeos.(less)
I read "Come Closer" in one day (it was an exceptionally short read) and in broad daylight. And while I was reading it, I was thinking "yeah, good sto...moreI read "Come Closer" in one day (it was an exceptionally short read) and in broad daylight. And while I was reading it, I was thinking "yeah, good story, interesting, creepy, but not downright scary." All along I was thinking that it wouldn't affect me the way other books/movies about possession would (The Exorcist traumatized me severely as a kid. I kept thinking that if I slept in my bed it would start shaking and I would be possessed. Yes, yes, I had an extremely active imagination like most eleven year olds, not much has changed now that I'm twenty). So, I went to bed without fear thinking that I was going to be fine.
Cut to me at 2:00 am terrified because I kept hearing taps in my room that were extremely loud and were apparently coming from absoulutely nowhere (Amanda kept hearing taps in her house as she was slowly getting possessed), so naturally, I got up, turned on my light, to examine this new development in my room. It ended up being my heater.
The point of this review is to tell anyone who likes horror stories to pick this up even if it isn't gory or Stephen-King-like-horror. It's still a freaky little novel that creeps up on you. And to those who don't like horror, you should check this out because it's not really out-and-out horror. But just creepy enough to give you a taste of it. (less)