The New York Times best-selling author of The Event Group series launches a new series of paranormal thrillers just in time for Halloween.
Built at the turn of the 20th century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, "a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairy tale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny meadows". But behind the yellow and white-trimmed exterior lurks an evil waiting to devour the unwary.
Seven years ago Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy and destroyed his career. Now Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event. But Summer Place has other plans.
As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy, along with the paranormal ghost hunting team, The Supernaturals, sets out to confront and, if possible, destroy the evil presence dwelling there.
©2016 David L. Golemon (P)2016 Recorded Books
Audible used to sell an unabridged version of The Supernaturals read by Jeffrey Kafer. I'm such a big fan of that book that I bought this new version to see if there were any differences.
Mr. Golemon has done some minor editing. The story is still the same, but the text has been cleaned up a little. (Personally, I miss some of the details from the old version.)
Imho, if you already own the Kafer version, there's no need to buy this one too. The minor edits don't warrant buying the book twice, no matter how good it may be.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The story drew me in right from the beginning, the characters were well developed and very believable. The subject was very interesting and the narrative was fast paced with no fluff or filler.
The narrator was spot on. His ability to change his voice with each character made this story come to life in my mind.
I will be listening to more by both this author and narrator.
If you like a ghost story with a haunted house, this is a great choice. It has all the necessary elements, including the uncovering of background history, to build a thrilling story.
When I was five, I crept out of bed and secretly watched a scene from a scary movie that my parents were watching. The scene was that of a door, in what I assumed was a haunted house, bowing in and out as if taking breaths. The scene terrified me such that it haunted my dreams throughout my childhood.
Decades later I happened across the same exact scene in an old movie. I am, of course, speaking of the 1963 movie "The Haunting" based on "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson.
“The Haunting of Hill House” has been the inspiration for many horror authors and screenwriters but in a twist from the average inspired story or movie remake, the premise of "The Supernaturals" is that the house in this story was the inspiration for Shirley Jackson's novel. When the story opened with a scene describing a breathing door, I was hooked.
"The Supernaturals" is a spin of the classic tale updated with an eclectic crew of talented "sensitives", scientists, the latest ghost hunting gadgets, and a back biting television network trying to produce a live Halloween ghost investigation show.
The authors spends a good bit of time setting up character backgrounds and motivations but never to the point of losing interest. It was a gripping tale with escalating risks and scares to the end. The characters, including a good number of skeptics, were interesting and played well with or against each other.
The reader read well. All character voices were distinct and realistic. It was a great performance and a great read for anyone who is a fan of hauntings, ghost hunting or things that go bump in the night.
Nail-biting, Emotional, Thrilling!
I think that most books in the Stephen King collection would fall into this category of supernatural and suspenseful however, beware, his books are quite a bit more gory. Lillith Saintcrow's Hunter series also delivers a healthy dose of fantasy and other-worldlliness with her character, Jill Kismet, that are very gritty and character driven. Shirley Damsgaard does a fantastic job of authoring very "hard-to-put-down" novels featuring Ophelia Jensen, a supernatural private investigator. Her novels also prove to be a lighter read with a quirky main character and a similarly funny cast of suspects.
This is my first book with him as a narrator but I look forward to listing to him in the future.
Time Multiplies the Horror of Summer House. Can anyone survive it's deadly secrets?
This is my first time reading a book by David L. Golemon. I will be gleefully searching for another of his books as soon as I am finished writing this review!
This book is ok, good narrater but is very long. The story is compelling but goes of track with mini minors and boring subplots. It's ok to listen to on the subway.
That's difficult. The first 3/4 of the book were great to me. I enjoyed the character development, the story, the creepy things that were happening. So yes. I would recommend this book, but with a disclaimer.
Pretty disappointed in the last few chapters... let's call it the last 1/4 of the book.
It was fine... he matched the tone of the book and characters well.
NOTE SPOILERS IN REVIEW:
I really wanted to like this book as I really enjoy the genre - I did not. This story was filled with "borrowed ideas" from "The Haunting" that were used over and over. I wish I had a nickel for every time the author discussed a supernatural entity bending in a wooden door until it splintered. He even used the scenario where the entity is holding a characters hand in the dark - like the movie.The reactions of the characters to supernatural events were inconsistent. They would witness something incomprehensible in a haunted house, yet still remain a skeptic. The author would keep referencing the same event and expressing the shock and fear of the characters of the event as if it was the first time they were witnessing it. The characters were unbelievable with most be annoying. The plot was cumbersome and the story needed a good editor. I made it to the end, but it was tough. The narrator was excellent.
Read the "The Haunting" if you want to read a great ghost story.
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