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Wow just wow. I have not read books by this author before, I was not sure what to expect. I still am not sure what to say but this author blew me away. This book was amazing. I could not stop reading it. I kept looking around worried I would see some black slimy thing coming from under my door. Yes it scared me, but it was so worth it. Dharma her mom who is a little off lol and her baby brother go to a plantation to supposibly get rid of the ghost who haunt it. Well right off the bat her mom leaves to go back for the keys and Dharma and her little brother are left alone their mom doesn't return. I am not going to give anything away so I will say. A hot boys enters the picture. This book has an amazing storyline, so well written and great characters. There were voodoo curses and superstition. That curse latched on to Dharma. Can she get ride of the curse before it kills her? Is her mother dead? How will the story end? I will say the ending threw me I would of never come up with that. Such an amazing book written by an awesome author. I highly recommend this book!!!!!
No one gives you the creeps like this author can. From beginning to end you feel the cold breathe on the back of your neck as the author takes you through the many twists and turns of this bone chilling story. Read this book with the lights on and your mirrors covered!
What a perfect October read! I loved the atmosphere and voice. After visiting New Orleans and going on a swamp tour, I can tell Townsend did her research. This reminded me of Crimson Peak but more innocent. This is exactly the type of story that I've been craving for my spooky-hungry palette. I was curled up sick from a cold today, and this was the perfect nostrum.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an audio book and I liked the narrator and the characters and the story line. Everybody being sick and possessed was kind of scary because you didn't know if Dharma Moore was going to live of die. Being hexed is no fun! Curses, ghosts and a baby brother this book has it all. I loved it!
I did not want to put down this book, filled with superstition, and things that go bump in the dark. I just had to dwell further into "who, what, when, and where"? Black magic, a ghost story, a decrepit old plantation house, the ties that bind from a cold, dark and muddy swamp, are a mixture of things that lured me deeper into this story. I highly recommend this book if you like all of the above concoctions. I hope there's a sequel!
You know the creepy, spine-tingling feeling you get watching an incredibly realistic horror movie. The way you sit on the edge of your seat and jump at every little sound. This book was better than that! It was beyond terrifying and horrific in a way that rattled me to the core. This is a definite must-read!!
I was really excited to read this book because I am a huge fan of scary horror stories. Although, I feel like this book could have been scarier, I admit that I still loved it. The plot was amazing and there was a lot going on but it was not chaotic in any way. There were amazing characters with deep back stories and I fell in love with Sassy and Dharma’s characters. Sassy was this caring and kind older woman who only wanted to help Dharma and Wolf’s predicament. She would remind you of any one wise, crafty and loving Grandmother. And with Dharma, I loved her because I felt like I could connect with her due to helping raise my own siblings when I was younger. I don’t want to give anything else away but I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates YA horror. I am actually going to have my eleven year old son read it and I know he will also love it. Angela Townsend is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read more of her material.
Summer 1937: When 7 year old Sissy Smit finds the body of Leroy Jebber floating in the pond near her house, she is reprimanded by her mother who makes her swear never to venture near the swamp again, not unless she wants to die too. For 70 years, Sissy never did.
Present Day: Seventeen year old Dharma, along with her baby brother Benny and her scam artist mother, move into the supposedly haunted decrepit Whiskey Rose Plantation so her mother can work as a ‘paranormal’ investigator. Little does she realise the sinister malevolent force that is waiting there to greet them.
While her mother goes to retrieve the keys from the estate agent, Dharma hears a deep throated growl in a dense wall of weeds. As she prepares to run into the house, she trips and loses sight of her baby brother. Fearing he’s fallen into the pond, she dives in trying to find him. To her horror she finds an assortment of rotting bones at the bottom and so begins a nightmare for Dharma as she learns that the swamp and the plantation have been cursed by the slave, Sabine, who was murdered centuries ago.
When her mother fails to return with the keys, Dharma’s apprehension grows. Strange things going bump in the night as well as objects moving by themselves, add to her anxiety. Ensnared by the curse, Dharma’s health goes downhill fast, from her toe nails turning black to her skin changing colour.
Seventy years to the day since she saw Leroy’s body, Sissy finally plucks up the courage to break her silence and tries to help Dharma break the curse. Trouble is, Dharma has only three nights to do so before the curse takes hold and she dies.
With the help of the local handyman, Wolf Bodine, can Dharma save herself in time? What has happened to her mother?
I was excited to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. The book gripped me from the start, so much so that I finished it within a day. Dharma is a relatable protagonist and one can’t help rooting for her throughout. Sissy was a fascinating character and I enjoyed her scenes with Dharma.
The sheer oppressive and eerie atmosphere created by the author and the imagery and language she used, made me believe that I was right there standing next to Dharma, experiencing everything that was happening to her.
There are some genuinely frightening moments throughout the book. One chilling scene in particular when Dharma saw the spectre of Sabine for the first time, as she crawled “crab like” from the swamp before pushing herself upright and raising “a boney finger at Dharma. The imagery the author used sent shivers down my spine.
My one gripe about the book was the rather rushed and abrupt ending. This may be due to the fact that the author intends to write a sequel. I hope so as I’d love to read more about these characters.
I must say this was an impressive introduction to the author and her unique writing style. I wholeheartedly look forward to reading her future works. Highly recommended for those who like a good creepy spine tingling ghost story.