Apr 6, 2012

Book Review: Haunted

Life is hard for a paranormal investigator. Just ask David Ash, who is more than just a bit skeptical. He's basically Dana Scully from X-Files. David Ash sees, experiences, and personally knows people who live with paranormal abilities or amidst frightening paranormal situations but blindly disregards all of believing there must be another explanation. A scientific explanation. Even Ash's skepticism is put to the test when he's hired on to investigate the Edbrook family's house.

Admittedly I haven't read many haunted house books but I have seen plenty of movies. This book relies on a handful of haunted house cliches but really brings a whole caravan of new ideas to the table. Better than just having new ideas, they're delivered in a skin crawling, hair raising, goosebump forming fashion as well. Real quality stuff. I'm not sure if you can avoid every haunted house cliche given that if you change everything you'd be going against tradition and it would hardly feel like a haunted house book. If you were writing something about the flu, you would have to describe most of the same symptoms everyone else who has ever had or written about the flu would describe. Otherwise, what makes you think it's a flu? So I can turn my cheek to the cliches.

Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that I wasn't a fan of the ending. It felt rushed to me to the point it felt like Hebert had his publisher's due date knocking at his door. Haunted as a decent length book at 240 pages but thought it had enough life to go at least 300. For what it was, I enjoyed the read, and given that I'm from the internet give-me-information-now-my-attention-span-is-oh-look-a-butterfly generation, I don't think I can take too many points away from a book for being too short as opposed to too long.

Overall, I rate this book **** ¼
4 1/4 *'s out of 5.

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