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A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons
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Aug 28, 10

bookshelves: mystery-thriller
Read on August 23, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 1

As a sequel, this was not, overall, very satisfying. Initially, it was exciting and interesting, but in the end, it did not even feel like it was written by the same author. Stylistically, it was vastly different than anything by Simmons that I have read before. It was short, and the plot came off rushed and weak. None of the details and setting were lifelike or vivid. There were even some minor discrepancies between it and Summer of Night. The flashbacks were more annoying than enriching to the plot or Dale's character.
Mostly the ghosts weren't satisfactorily explained in comparison to the first book. Also, Dale seemed one of the least likely boys to so conclusively forget the events of that fateful summer of 1960. I mean, his brother experience everything with him, so you would think that they would have at least talked about it... Part of my disappointment was because of how desperately I wanted to like it. And if it had not been marketed as a sequel, I think I may have enjoyed it more. I think the basic premise was interesting, but if would have been better served to have a whole new cast of characters and a whole new setting. Summer of Night

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