Berkley Street is a haunted house horror novel. Now, it is known that I love all sub-genres of horror, ranging from slasher to suspense but I did struBerkley Street is a haunted house horror novel. Now, it is known that I love all sub-genres of horror, ranging from slasher to suspense but I did struggle to categorize this into one sub-category. It really is genre-bending fiction. Be prepared to open the first page and get bludgeoned with the brutality of the characters and the intestinal fortitude of our protagonist, Shane Ryan. The house has a mind of its own – it simply takes care of itself. If you haven’t been invited, then be prepared to meet a grizzly end!
Each ghost has a story to tell none of it pleasant but all of it gruesome.
I often found myself scratching my head in confusion. Let me clarify. It is a ghost story so already the realms of the possible are blurred. That isn’t really an issue to me, it’s not why I read haunted house stories. The issue that caused me the most confusion was how the ghosts would kill people in relation to their behaviour to Shane. His interactions with the ghosts were mostly positive and quite often friendly. The two just didn’t add up for me. Oh and another point – why the hell would you fight for a house that quite clearly scares the crap out of you!
The house on Berkley Streets back story is interesting. I particularly enjoyed reliving Shane’s childhood experiences with the house and its occupants. Shane befriends most of the ghosts apart from the dark ones in the basement and the little girl that lives in the lake. The little girl has everyone trapped in a reign of horror. She is responsible for most of the deaths. Shane begs his parents to believe him about their house guests. They are hesitant until an incident changes their minds. Okay, so for the killer blow – they never move out?! Oh, and the double-barrelled shot is that on occasion they are happy to leave their child alone in 125 Berkley Street.
Berkley Street is a horror novella that is told in dual timelines, Shanes childhood and the present day. Shane is back home after spending around twenty years in the US Marines. His aunt and uncle pursued having his parents declared dead too early and wanted the family home. A lengthy court battle has resulted in Shane regaining his home, if only to find out what happened to his parents. It’s a decent story and I will read more in time. ...more
Dead Air so much promise and yet fell flat at every turn of the page. I was actually very excited to read this one. A secret, revenge promised and actDead Air so much promise and yet fell flat at every turn of the page. I was actually very excited to read this one. A secret, revenge promised and action aplenty. However, the reality was very much different. The writing was ok, but I found it places it tripped itself up. The story struggled to keep my attention but also seemed to have the power to get me extremely angry. There was a plot development at around 40% that nearly made me give up, it’s not what I thought should happen to the character or where the natural progression of the narrative should have been.
Dead Air follows our protagonist, Kaitlyn who is a late-night DJ host, presenting a love song dedication show. She’s finally at a point in her life where she feels that she can put down some roots, after spending her professional career going from city to city and job to job. She’s chosen her home on the outskirts of Philadelphia. She’s got a boyfriend that she wants to settle with and her career is going from strength to strength. The only thing holding her back is a secret that stays at the back of her mind, but something will allow that box to be unlocked…
Dead Air had a premise that unfortunately has been done to death and it lacked any depth of originality. If there was something that made it stand out it would have done far better, in my opinion anyway. The actions of some of the characters were so unbelievable that turning every page after that was entirely a struggle. This doesn’t happen often to me, but I did consider DNF’ing this book, but I wanted to give it a chance.
I also wanted to point out that the overall narration didn’t work out for me, at all. The author seemed to struggle to write female characters with any iota of class or dignity. It felt like it was edging up on the creep metre. I know where the author was trying to take the story, but the lack of reliable characterisation and actions instantly turned me off. The biggest pitfall of them all was the unbelievably obvious clues left to who the culprit was. It just passed off the protagonist, Kaitlyn as unbelievably stupid. Not a great look for this story.
I’d like to thank Netgalley and Camcat Books for the opportunity to review Dead Air and provide an honest review....more