Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Vanessa Barger
When Claire Mallory’s father leaves, her mom moves them to a new town and into a dilapidated Victorian house.
The old house creaks and whistles, and smells well — like it’s been abandoned for years. But as the nights grow longer and the shadows take on substance, Claire wonders if the strange sounds and occurrences might be more than the house showing its age.
Just as things start to pick up in Claire’s love life, her mother becomes possessed. In an attempt to save her mother and their new home, Claire enlists the help of two boys, each of whom is interested in Claire for different reasons. As she chooses one boy over the other, something dangerous is unleashed, and the spirits make their move.
They aren’t content to moan and scream inside Claire’s house, or even control her mom. They want a taste of freedom, and she’s their key to getting it. But is Claire strong enough to fight off the evil spirits, or will they claim her and her mom before it’s all over?
I’m not sure how to categorize the story. It’s not a Horror because it’s not gory but boy is it creepy. This is a Ghost story for sure, with some paranormal hunters, psychics and creeptastic mystery mixed in. I was freaked out by some of the things going on. I thought the plot, which surrounds some interesting town history was pretty cool. I feel that way about any story that involves spirits and uncovering what really happened to them.. Kind of like watching one of those Haunted Places show.
I liked the sister and brother bond that is in the story. Rather than one being moody and going off into a locked room, they are taking on their parents divorce together. They also are able to listen to one another and offer support to the others problems. They really stick together in the book. It’s nice to see a close relationship like that between siblings.
I didn’t really feel like the romance was overwhelming or the main focus of the story. Ya it’s in there but it’s more about the ghost and what really happened all that time ago. I like that it had a more subtle feel to it.
The pacing of the book is kind of slow, especially the first half. It seemed like it was centered more around setting up the characters, who they are and what their stories are.
I think that the creepy aspects of the book are good and I did like how it ended. Things seemed to be wrapped up. The mod podge of characters was interesting as well. Definitely a spooky read.