Title: Essie’s House
Author: Robert Meyerson
Category: Supernatural / Psychological Thriller
Length: 263 pages
My rating: 7/10
Brenda and Gary are a typical couple facing today’s problems. Brenda is unhappy with her job, and due to the current economy, Gary is out of work completely. One day, their unsatisfied, but routine lives are shaken up when Brenda gets a call from a Mr. Higgins, who was supposedly the attorney to her Uncle Jacob. Learning her uncle has passed on, Brenda yearns for the lost chance to get to know her uncle, though he left his entire estate to her.
Uncle Jacob ran an antiques and salvage company. The building that he has willed to Brenda seems daunting to the couple as they move in and try to sort through the strange, vast amount of junk, antiquities, and oddities. Little do they know, there’s more to the building than just items, and there’s more to the items than the mere substance of them. Strange events start occurring, which leads to secrets, long buried, deep resurfacing, and the couple must battle for their sanity…and their lives.
This wasn’t one of my favorites, but it wasn’t terrible. I feel as though there was something missing in the middle of the novel, when things start to change, as if the descent to madness wasn’t very convincing. It also left quite a few things unexplained, which highly annoys me. It was worth the read, but would never make it to the “favorite” list.
Title: The Showing
Author: Will Macmillan Jones
Category: Drama / Fiction / Mystery/ Supernatural
Length: 196 pages
My Rating: 7/10
Mr. Jones realizes that his grandfather’s old home is for sale. He arranges for a look inside with the real estate agent in charge of it. While inside, he begins to feel an old evil stirring that he remembered from his childhood, so he leaves the agent, Mrs. Hollis, inside to do her “security check” and leaves. The next thing he knows, he’s being tracked down by the police, saying that he was the last to see her, and she never left the house. The police agents are even creeped out by the house.
However, when Police Constable Ian Evans finds himself on a date with the new estate agent in charge of the house, he has strong feelings for her. After their dinner, he recieves a text saying that she is going to check out this “haunted house” again. He panics, and she is unreachable. Another agent lost within the house.
The two contact a medium, who is too afraid to help, but does refer them to a friend of hers, Eric, who vows to help them understand the house which Evie, the medium, states is not haunted, but is in fact possessed. Mr. Jones remembers a sentence muttered to him once in childhood by his mother, “it can’t hurt you because you have your grandfather’s blood in your veins.” So the quest begins to find out what is possessing the house, what secrets lie within Mr. Jones’s family, and whether they can be stopped in time to save the woman Ian loves, as well as countless others that have gone missing in the house over the decades.
This was a nice, quick read. Decent story line, character development was pretty good. The strange turn toward the end was quite unexpected for me.
Author: Iain Rob Wright
Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural / Action / Mystery / Horror
Length: 253 pages
My Rating: 9.2/10
An excommunicated lesbian priest, Angela, and a “ghost hunter”/debunker name Tim are tested and brought in the dead of night to a mansion in the middle of nowhere. They only thing they are told is that the Lady of the House needs their help. No details are given as to what kind of help she needs or expects of them. The only thing they are told at first is that Jessica’s son, Sam, is very sick, and she expects their utmost respect for their privacy, and that they will be paid very well for their time. A strange butler with an air of superiority, Frank, and two body guards also occupy the mansion.
Upon meeting Sammie, Angela and Tim are unsure what to think. The child had already been viewed by almost all types of physicians, from pediatricians to psychiatrists. No one has been able to come to a conclusion. The child is pale, emaciated, and his teeth are rotting out of his mouth. He spends his time watching South Park and drawing things straight from people’s nightmares. Literally. He draws a scene for Angela of when her congregation was slaughtered right in front of her. Sammie speaks with the air of a person much older and more sophisticated than a normal ten-year-old boy. Jessica explains that there have been many “accidents” in the household in the few weeks since Sammie “got sick”. His father killed himself, staff would suffer from freak accidents causing grievous injuries and sometimes death. Most of the staff had already quit.
Angela and Tim begin as strangers and soon become close friends and allies in this house of horror, unsure of whether there is actually something wrong, or if they’re being set up for some sick joke. As things begin to get more sinister by the hour, Angela begins to reevaluate her belief in God, and Tim begins to wonder if this could be a legitimate possession. The two vow to stick it out to the end. Through twists and turns, and a rollercoaster of fear and doubt, the two struggle to survive the seemingly endless night that has fallen.
This book had me gripped from the start. The background stories of Angela and Tim are amazingly well written and thought out. The entire story is quite creepy, and I had a hard time putting it down. I even lost quite a bit of sleep because I just could not stop reading! Sammie is quite the frightening little boy, and the entire novel is action packed. Not to mention a twist ending to blow your mind!
Title: Odd Thomas
Author: Dean Koontz
Series: Yes (#1)
Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural / Action / Mystery
Length: 480 pages
My Rating: 10/10
In the small town of Pico Mundo, California, there lives a 20 year old of the brink of manhood named Odd Thomas. A strange name for a strange man. Odd Thomas can see the dead. Sometimes they come to him for vengeance for their murders. Others come to him for solace, to find the peace to cross over to the other side. And still others are just… there. They haunt the places they choose to. However, the dead don’t talk. No major ties, because he never knows where his “gift” will take him. With the arrival of a stranger in town whom Odd refers to as “Fungus Man”, the small town begins to teem with creatures that predict evil and bloodshed.
Odd has a simple life, bare essentials, nothing too complicated. No vehicle or cell phone to complicate his life. He has one love, Stormy Llewellyn, friends in most of the townsfolk, and a special relationship with the chief of police, Chief Porter. Porter knows his secret and often helps him when Odd finds himself in an “odd spot”. This time, he must make some difficult decisions, and face some of the hardest situations he’s faced in his entire life. And it’s only the beginning.
First, I must say, I LOVED this book. This is definitely one of my top 5 of all time. The characters, even the ones that aren’t at the forefront of the story, become like a family. You can truly feel Odd’s love for these people. The character development is outstanding, it honestly feels like you know all of these people, and in the tense moments, you feel your heart rate speed up and Odd’s anxiety. This one was definitely a page turner, and I was unable to put it down until the very last page. I laughed, I felt Odd’s pain and emotions, I cried… This is a book that can truly bring you in to another world and make you lose track of reality as you sympathize with the plights of the twenty year old that has to deal with so much more than he ever asked for or deserved.
Title: Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum
Author: Stephen Prosapio
Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural / Action / Mystery
Length: 294 pages
My Rating 9/10
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum has wonderful character development. Zach, the main character in the novel, is a young man working on his Ph D, along with his team of fellow students with an array of different talents, form the Xavier Paranormal Investigators team, which is featured on Sci-D TV. He has strong morals about what he does, and only deals with confirmed “evidence” of supernatural presences. Most of his adventures on TV with his friends are debunked, but he finally gets the chance to investigate, for 48 hours, one of the most haunted buildings in the city: The Rosewood Asylum. His entire team is excited, until they learn that they have to share the experience with their rival team, The Demon Hunters.
Rife with strange activity, betrayal, and danger, the 48 hours prove to be a daunting experience. Will Zach and his friends prove that there is a presence in the Asylum? Or will it be nothing more than a great disappointment?
As a lover of “ghost stories”, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not exactly a page turner, but it’s quite the story.
Title: Forever After
Author: David Jester
Category: Drama / Action / Supernatural
Length: Approx. 259 pages
My Rating 5/10
Forever After follows Michael Holland, a grim reaper, through his adventures in the drug ridden, prostitute-filled town of Brittleside. His roommate, a gross, ill-mannered, and yet somehow entertaining tooth fairy named Chip, along with their mutual friend Naff, who works in the records department of “purgatory” are chasing down a deranged demon who thinks he is Santa Claus. Several other adventures intertwine to form a decent read, from how Michael became a reaper, his first love in his new life, and the people who help him along the way.
For me, this book was somewhat disappointing. I felt as though the idea that David Jester had was brilliant, although the delivery was lacking. Jester often jumped from story line to story line within this book, and it was sometimes difficult to keep up with what was current and what was a flashback for Michael. It seemed a bit unorganized and spontaneous rather than well thought out. However, I found it just interesting enough that I will follow up on the sequels to see if (and hope) the story lines improve, because I felt like there was a great premise, good character development, just lacking in organization.
Author: Tim Lebbon
Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural
Length: 337 pages
My Rating 7/10
As a first time reader of Tim Lebbon, I was cautious as always with a new author, unsure if I would like the writing style and story line. Not to mention that the Amazon description was pretty vague. I was pleasantly surprised.
You follow the main character, Tom, on his journey to find the grave of his ten-year-dead son, Steven. He was killed in an Army “training accident”. Little does Tom know, digging up old graves also digs up secrets, unknowns, and unimaginable horrors. Natasha is a character that, by human nature, you want to dislike, but you cannot help but sympathize with the 10-year-old girl-turned-monster.
The action begins fairly quickly in, and it’s quite the thrill ride as you find out secrets that the British Royal Army attempted to cover up from a secret facility called Porton Down, and the horrors unleashed by digging up on single mass grave.