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Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published 2013 by Red Feather Publishing
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Miranda Reads
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The air was still, not a sound to break the velvet darkness of the night. He pointed the flashlight into the well and peered down..he stopped. There was something in the well.
Paul Russo and his family are hurting - he just lost his wife to a brief but terrifying fight against cancer - and he has absolutely has no idea how to pick up the pieces.

Their three children, are not taking the loss of their mother very well. In particular, Stella, his youngest, isn't quite right.
He heard her whisper, "
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Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Story/Plot:
This book has a really unique plot-line and I enjoyed it pretty well. It was a mild read but at times it really gave me the creeps. The concept was really good but I feel that the story could have a little ore better towards the end. Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent suspense or horror read.
Though I felt that despite of having a great start to
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Char
I read Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island with my Shelfari horror group.

It started off as a promising story. Paul Russo lost his wife to cancer. Feeling very sorry for himself and for his three children, Paul struggles to keep his head above water with daily life.

Then the nightmares begin. And he isn't the only one having them-his son Jesse is too. These were the best parts of the book, in my mind, and I enjoyed the dream sequences a lot. However, they were not enough to elevate this story a
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Mary
~Haunted Mourning~

Paul Russo, a successful Long Island realtor, has lost his wife to a brain tumor. The deceased Allison has left behind a loving, distraught husband and three young children. It has only been a week since Allison passed away, dying despite the expensive, holistic, experimental treatments that Paul sought, one after the other, grasping at new found hope from each. Finally, after Allison is just a shell of her former self, she holds up a hand. Allison has had enough. Paul must let
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Matt
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Michael Phillip Cash, Chelshire Inc., and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

Cash provides readers with a wonderful novella, full of chills and action, while keeping the spirit phenomena from becoming too corny. Paul Russo is forced to pick up the pieces from his shattered life after his wife's death. With three children and piles of debt,
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Richard Derus
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25* 0f five

The Publisher Says: Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.

My Review: A deeply disturbing book, full of the horror of inconsolable grief. As Paul Russo
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Mary
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mary by: Michael Phillip Cash
Paul Russo's wife has just recently passed away from cancer. While grieving her loss, Paul is also trying to get his family's life back in order. After taking a six month long leave of absence from his job as a realtor, in order to care for his wife during her illness, Paul is in desperate need of work. Enter Craig and his wife Melissa, who ask if he can represent them when they sell their house on Long Island. Craig is a childhood friend of Paul's, and of course, Paul jumps at the chance that C ...more
Patricia
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Meet Paul a man who after a year of watching his wife battle cancer. Has finally watched her pass away . Now he must pull his life together and get his life and the lives of his children back together. Even though they are having strange

nightmares and the youngest Stella is seeing her mom.

Now he goes back to work he has to sell a mansion. A haunted mansion. There are things that have gone on there, terrible

things. Stemming way back to Revolutionary times. Will Paul be able to pull it togethe
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Dianne
When is a haunted house story NOT just your average haunted house story? Not that there's anything wrong with haunted house stories, but Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by talented author Michael Phillip Cash is so much MORE than the title implies. It is the story of a man struggling with the loss of the love of his life after a long and painful illness. Overwhelmed with his own grief, he must also deal with the devastation his children are feeling. It wasn't supposed to be like this, and h ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
STILLWELL: A HAUNTING ON LONG ISLAND by Michael Phillip Cash is an thrilling Horror/Suspense/Thriller/Paranormal/Ghost set on Long Island. This is his second book and another thrill ride of a suspense story with a ghost. Meet Paul Russo and his deceased wife, Allison,their children and a host of other characters. A very emotional story,one where you can feel Paul's emotional turmoil as a new woman enters his life. His nightmares are only getting started.For you see a demon is holding is wife's s ...more
Grady
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pareidolia: a vague or random image is perceived as recognizable

Michael Phillip Cash has a rich imagination, a gift that comes from being grounded and secure with life as being lived. That he is able from that strong stance to create stories such as STILLWELL embellishes his evident gifts as a writer. In his debut novel BROOD X he was able to create a terrifying tale out of things seen or magnify things seen to become ghastly distortions of credible possibilities. In his current exceptionally we
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The Book
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the second novel I have read by author Michael Phillip Cash, the first being Brood X. One thing I can say about this author is that he really knows how to draw you into his stories.

With Stillwell, you get a love-story wrapped up in a family tragedy that snowballs into a paranormal event. What I loved about this story was that it had so many layers to it. You start off with a very loving and devoted husband(Paul) trying to cope with his grief over the loss of his wife(Allison) to brain
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Michelle
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by this Author. I actually read this book because the first book I read by him, Brood X, was so phenomenal that I had to read what ever else he had published.

If you like ghost stories, and love stories, if you are a parent or a sibling or a child, you will relate to this book. This author has the ability to reach out from the page and touch you on so many different levels.

The book opens after the death of the main characters wife, Allison. The pain he is going
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Kimberly
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5-3 stars.

The good: The pace was brisk, and the it was easy to get into the flow of the story.

The not-so-good: Unfortunately, there were several glaring editorial errors that really bothered me. ("Shuttered" instead of "shuddered" was the funniest!)

It was a book about a haunting, true, but seemed to me to be almost equally a love story, as well. While many people will find this to be of no problem, I, personally, like my horror with a little more "bite"--just a personal taste.

While this story
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Pamellia
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Pamellia by: Horror Reading Group
Shelves: 2014
It took me less than a day to read this ghostly and heart felt tale. Paul's character starts as a lost soul...he gradually comes to see he must take care of his family and take advantage of his own parents and sister as they do doesn't to help him. The ending odd interesting and thought provoking. I gave the story 5 stars as it entertained me. This is the kind of ghost story I enjoy. Have not read one like this for a long time.
Gayle Pace
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW:

The author has such a vivid imagination. He has such a gift as a writer. I read his debut novel BROOD X, a terrifying tale of very real possibilities. STILLWELL'S main character is Paul who finds himself trying to deal with three children after the death of his young wife. He has not only the grief of his wife'/s death, 3 children to deal with, but he has the every day household chores and he has a job as a Realtor on top of that. Paul is having a hard time focusing. He is haunted by nigh
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Robin Appel
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I purchased the audible version of this book so that I could listen to it while I was on a few hour drive. When I got to my destination I stayed in the car to finish listening to the book that's how much I liked it!

First of all I didn't expect it to be a love story and a 3 different couple love story at that! I was impressed that the author was able to get that all in there. I didn't want to see the characters go and its my hope, as it always is when I read a good book, that the author will brin
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Heather Faville
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have not read many ghost/paranormal tales, so I am not qualified to discuss if what Mr. Cash has created with Stillwell: A Haunting of Long Island follows any of the typical "rules" of ghost stories. That being said. I truly enjoyed this book. It was quite emotional and, as per its title, has a very haunting quality that emanated from the pages.

I will not say that Stillwell: A Haunting of Long Island SCARED me, but the attachment I felt to the characters and the ominous setting and details mad
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Marilyn
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Michael Phillip Cash's work, He builds stories around every day people, almost as if you are a voyeur into their everyday thoughts and lives. His characters are so achingly real they stay with you long after you finished his work . Stillwell is a haunting story about a family struggling with the loss of the lynchpin that holds them together. It's a family drama, spiced with terror,and mounting horror that makes you read with intensity and speed. I finished this book in one sitting and can ...more
Majanka
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/reviews/...

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island is by far my favorite book by author Michael Phillip Cash so far. The story is less straightforward than “The Flip” and “The Hanging Tree”, two other scary stories by aforementioned author. Stillwell is about more than a ghost story. It’s about memories, about letting go, about suffering and pain, and about a love that transcendents time and death. The writing is a touch better tha
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Niki
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm obsessed with reading books about ghosts and other paranormal activity. (It's the main reason why my husband and I wrote our own paranormal novel...)
This book is not too long- a little under 300 pages. I finished it in two days- couldn't really put it down.
Now, it wasn't the scariest thing that I've ever read but it did have a few minor creepy parts. I do wish it was a bit scarier, but I still enjoyed it.
Michael Cash is a very good writer. The book is paranormal mixed with a love story. Ther
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Brenda
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow I just read this book in about four hours. Never put it down. It is a compelling read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I had never heard of this author. He was so nice he sent all of his published books and those of his Mothers when I told him I wanted to win the book and would read it and then donate it to the Library in Linden Iowa that my Mom helps out at. I think he sent me 12 or 13 books in all.

He writes very well and this book wasn't something I woudl usally be ocmpelled to pick up althou
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Tara
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This ghost story of a tormented man whose recently deceased wife’s spirit is being held hostage is a great, fast-paced read.

Stillwell is both a ghost story and a love story. There are also elements of mystery as Paul uncovers the sordid past of Stillwell Manor and the secrets that the well on the property holds.

Parts of the story are sadly amusing, like when Paul is trying to figure out how to care for his children and run the household without his wife there. It’s tragic because his wife will
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Rose Wynters
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stillwell was the first book I read by this author! It’s the story of a man named Paul. He’s struggling with the grief of losing his wife, while trying to hold it altogether. That’s not all, though. His life is slowly descending into an unthinkable, supernatural horror that no human would ever expect.

One of the things I really enjoyed about Stillwell was the details the author added in about little memories Paul would have of his wife. These were so realistic and well-timed that they really adde
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Misty Battle
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Michael Cash. I have read a few of his other books and was impressed with his writing style. This book did not disappoint. The characters are so life life I felt like I knew them personally. He could have been talking about my family members. It was an emotional ride for me and I could easily relate to the profound grief the husband was going through.

It was more than a paranormal novel, it was also a love story wrapped up in there as well. It takes a very gifted writer to combine the two
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El'enna
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The mix of pure love and the spooky moments took my breath away! Scary and tensed, yet so emotional.

Young woman lost the fight with cancer and her family is left to deal with the pain. Her husband-Paul have to get himself together so he can take care for their three children. He is real estate agent and the only solution for his financial problems is to sell the offered house by his friend. Suddenly strange things begin to happen, the house is haunted so that complicate the selling. Paul is o
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Karen Black
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Mr. Cash. It won't be the last. I enjoyed the book and was impressed with the manner in which the author built the suspense throughout the story. His descriptions of paranormal activities were believable, and not overdone. I found myself becoming involved with the characters and relating to their thoughts, feelings and personal dilemmas. I thought I had the end figured out, but was wrong, and was therefore delighted with the way the author pulled in all the lo ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ghost Lovers
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Michael Phillip Cash Author
I love reading ghosts stories and this one is phenomenally well written and extremely addicting. I was spooked right along with the main character. I loved the twists and turns of this story. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down, because it was so addicting. I spent most of my night glued directly to this book. This author has a knack for capturing his audience and keeping us entertained for hours of reading with this story. I highly recommend this remarkable book to anyone who loves gh ...more
Georgia Hatheway Beckman
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was just what I was looking for. I was a little disappointed to find out what I did in the prologue regarding the location of Stillwell Manor. ;)

It was a quick read, perfect to take on my weekend getaway. It was so good, in fact, as soon as I finished it, I purchased the author's other book, X Brood.
Vicki
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This author kept me turning pages, enjoying the paranormal side of life, wanting to see what would happen next. He manages to tie together timeless tales of love and loss that spoke to my heart. Connections can be so easily dismissed, and our main character tries hard to block the clues, at first...
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Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.
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