The Douglas family just wants to live their lives and maybe find a bit of happiness. But when the ghost in their home breaks out of a centuries-long sleep, all hope for happiness will die.
Because the thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is something much, much worse.
Watching them from the shadows, hungry to start killing once more, and thirsty for the blood of the children. The blood he has so long been denied. The thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is twisted.
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When Will I Find A Good Ghost Story?
Nothing spectacular to shout about here. Unfortunately, it seems like the modern authors who try for genuine horror just end up with graphic slasher movie fodder... The dependence seems to be more on trying to be as disgusting as you can and out of bounds from a moral perspective to try and "scare" you. If disgust rates as "scary" maybe so. Thinking about sending this one back...
Scott Thomas actually did a fair job on the read. It was just too much to overcome.
Not a chance
Just please someone find a way to do something like "The Shining" or "The Uninvited"... Stop trying for the most graphic author in the catagory..
Twisted is just that
I would love to listen to this again once my head is in a safer place since this book was just that scary
The overall tone and mood of the story and how it really set the events up
The graveyard scene
I would take the family out for dinner and then to a nice safe place so that they would be safe and I wouldn't have to see them go through the events of the novel
I guess I should start off by saying that I was given an audible copy of this book by the Author in exchange for this review. That being said this book is everything you would want a haunted house story to be. The interplay between the characters is almost to scare you without any sort of supernatural elements. The picture Michael paints of a family on the verge of ruin through no outward fault of their own is so bleak and hopeless that you develop a desire to run in and help the family. This makes what happens to them all the worse since you can do nothing but keep reading as their situation goes from bad to horrible.
The author makes particular use of word choice in this book. I think this book showed me more about what good word choice can do to set a novels tone than any other book. This makes the themes of intergenerational abuse that much stronger since it is described with harsh and ugly words much like the topic.
The narration of this book is well done and doesn’t take you out of the moment and things get worse and worse. The ending while not as satisfying as watching the main characters triumph over every little problem is perfect in its own way and fits the theme of the book.
- derrick mcmullin