Evan Tormer is haunted.
His life has been shattered by events beyond his control and regret is his constant companion. His wife is gone, lost to an unbeatable cancer. His son has been mentally and physically handicapped by a tragic accident. He's been fired for using company funds in a failed attempt to save his wife's life.
On a whim, Evan accepts an invitation to housesit on a picturesque island in northern Minnesota. At first it seems like the perfect second chance for he and his son to recover and rebuild their life together. But there is something very, very wrong with the house and all that occupies it.
And worst of all, Evan doesn't know if the house is haunted...
Or if it's all in his mind.
©2013 Joe Hart (P)2014 Joe Hart
I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir.
After his wife succumbs to cancer, Evan and his son Shaun take a sabbatical to recuperate while housesitting at a friend’s place on a small island in Minnesota. Unfortunately, while the seclusion is good for Evan’s writing and for getting some time with his son, they soon realize that they are not entirely alone. Ghosts of the past resurface and have set their sights on Evan and Shaun. With the help of a pretty psychiatrist they will need to track down the history of the place and solve its mysteries before all of them are lost forever.
The narration for this one was very good and the pacing was perfect for the story line and really added to the creepy, dark atmosphere. The characterization was well thought out and the relationship between father and son was spot on. There were also a few twists that I didn’t see coming and I thought they were smartly done and not clichéd as they may have been with a lesser storyteller. A well done supernatural chiller.
I love to read but don't have much time so, listening to books has become a necessary passion. If I can't read, I'll listen and it makes mundane things like driving long distances and cleaning house bearable.
The main characters were well rounded and interesting and good suspense in the beginning then it seemed like Hart lost interest in his own book somewhere in the middle... all that character building and suspense goes nowhere then the end is a mess of confusion and ridiculousness. I had to listen to the last couple of hours at least 3 times to "get it" and all I got was a feeling of disappointment and annoyance.
All I can say is that it is awful. A very limited vocabulary and narrator's pauses are odd. It feels like he picked a topic he knew nothing about and didn't brother to do any research. Found myself rolling my eyes a lot listening to some of the horrible dialogue. I saw 4 stars and thought that meant it was good. I didn't see that it was only 9 ratings.
I've heard about author Joe Hart before, and am so glad Audible added a couple of his titles. I hope they add more! His writing is superior to other authors in this genre. The ending was disappointing, but nevertheless, I recommend this title to anyone who wants a good scare.
Narrator was very good I thought and the story was enjoyable, somewhat believable, even gave me goosebumps at times. BUT the ending????? Weird!!!
One of the best.
I really liked the narrator. He had a great Irish accent for one of the characters that I thought was really charming. Additionally, I could really see this book being turned into a movie and I think it would be better than some of the scary movies I've seen recently.
I'm sorry but, I tried to get through this book;I really did. Unfortunately the narrator was as boring as a science teacher, who just doesn't want to be there. Between the shaking of hands with other characters,and I think they do this in every other chapter. The vomiting, the trying not to vomit. Its a ridiculous story and not to mention the hours I will never get back from listening to this concoction of a story. In 3 words "WASTE OF TIME". :-(
"You will be scared such books cost money"
Talent.The writer needs to learn how to write.The overall premise was there but the undertaking of bringing it to the reader was not, because the premise was everything and the story was not.
Everything.There was an idea but it just went nowhere and was very ametuerish.
Story.If there was a better story ,some writing skill and competence by the writer, the narrator would have benefited.
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