If you are doing research on paranormal phenomena in general.
It wasn't a story at all, but a collection of essays on all things supernatural. Not a bad collection at that, but a completely misleading title.
I got the distinct feeling this book was being written by a tag team of different writers. It shifts from young adult, to soft porn, to adult murder, and finally to supernatural. Hard to stick with.
I'm an hour and a half into this book, and have yet to encounter any trace of the supernatural. You don't have to hit the reader with a ghost in the first 5 minutes, but you'll lose him in 30. Struggling to stay with this. Hoping for a payoff. I'll update my review at that point.
"His words tugged on my empathy like an angry puppeteer." (Favorite metaphor!)
While I worship Shirley Jackson's "Haunting of Hill House" too, I think there was a bit too much direct reference to it here. The book ends forcefully, and once into the denouement, it flowed well, but the bickering conflict amongst and between the main characters leading up to it was overworked. Still, good ghost story fiction, a rare thing today. Also, in the same thread as Jackson's work, I think the greatest fear is in our minds - what might be behind the door, instead of seeing what it actually is. Invariably, I lose interest in a story or movie that shows too much of "the bear" as they say in the UK. The scene in Jackson's short book where the door bends inward, or the door knob turns is terrifying because you don't know what's on the other side, and would have been far less chilling were the door to open and reveal the ghost.
I'll be honest, though. I think my opinion is in the minority. Judging by the content of modern horror, folks seem to want to see graphically and explicitly what is behind the door.
Yes, I would.
Yes, although the female voices were a bit distracting.
This book falls almost into the category of murder mystery rather than haunting, although it is both, really.
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