This was a creepy true story and it did keep me intrigued - the only draw back was the first half of the book was the true haunting, but the second half was all about the scientific theory of what could be causing the haunting - the author does forewarn you ahead of time that the book is broken up into two sections and I was expecting it to be coming up, just not as quick as it did - still a good true account what this family went through - not giving anything away to the readers, there is a surprise of what was causing the haunting - I give it four stars!
As a huge fan of real haunted houses and poltergeists....this one ticked all the boxes. Well written with an easy flow and stayed focused. I only wished it was longer....it was that good. I hope the author writes more books on REAL haunted houses! The latter part of the book discusses different theories and compares real haunted house/poltergeist event cases. Food for thought, indeed.
This is one of the best first person accounts of poltergeist encounter by the group of individuals to whom it happened to, and their best recollections of the HOW, WHERE, WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and Possibly the WHYS. Anyone interested in this timely subject should read this book and then also read the extensive BOTHELL HELL HOUSE book poltergeist doctumentations by K. Linder. Fascinating Subject!
Jenny Ashford is a true writer in the sense that she writes well. I am not saying there weren't a few mistakes, but I didn't spend all the time correcting what I was reading on my Voyage Kindle. Good writing helps the story flow so much better. Also, I believe this one to be a true story because it has been validated by her partner's family. She could have written this to be very scary by taking literary license, but she didn't, and I appreciate that.
Great book the pictures made it all the more creepier I will never look at a folded washcloth the same way again. The author really holds your attention and you get this claustrophobic, shut-in sense from the family. I can only imagine the terrified yet exhilarating feeling they experienced while going through the ordeal. I especially liked how Tom brought it full circle, revealing who was the face behind all this energy and phenomenon. I have since listened to their podcast and i found it fascinating but not surprising that the activity continues to manifest itself on emotionally charged days. I would love to know how many, if any, tv’s, iPods, computers etc. have been fried over the years while the person responsible learned to reign in their power.
The was a really good read up until about the sixty percent mark and it took a nose dive and never recovered there was points in the book that I had to reread just to make sure I had not missed something which was sad because the book was actually good up to a certain point.
The book was interesting but could have used a little spunk. There were points during the story where they kept calling the entity a "blost". I understood why the first time because it was a way to keep it under wraps for others outside of the reading audience, but it was addressed to the reader over and over. I almost couldn't tolerate it after a while. They were only supposed to inform the reader of the term they used.
This is a book in two parts, the sum greater than the whole. The first is a short horror story, about 95 pages, of a family's purported true experiences with the unexplained in the very early 80s, followed by a possibly related incident which occurred to just one of the family members about a decade later. It is told with Jenny Ashford's deft hand, her skills as a horror writer conveying the confusion, the foreboding, and even the wonderment of the witnesses as they first encounter incidents the scientific world denies. That story is followed by a brief synopsis of the state of paranormal research in the present day, the speculations of Tom Ross as to the cause of the various incidents described prior, and a general rebuttal of sorts by Ashford - another 30 pages or so, all told. After completing Tom's chapters, I recommend re-reading the whole story with Tom's thoughts in mind. Finally, the book concludes with a very brief "skeptic's perspective" written by Ashford with notes some of more glaring weaknesses in the theories and credibility of paranormal researchers identified approvingly in the prior chapters. I would have enjoyed seeing the skeptic's counterpoint fleshed out a little more, but there is an extensive bibliography and suggested reading list following the afterword.