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The Haunted

Narrated by: Holly Linneman
Series: The Haunted [Vega], Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

ONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S "BIGGEST AND BEST YA BOOKS OF THE SUMMER"

From Danielle Vega, YA's answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Clean slate. That's what Hendricks Becker-O'Malley's parents said when they moved their family to the tiny town of Drearfield, New York. Hendricks wants to lay low and forget her dark, traumatic past. Forget him. But things don't go as planned.

Hendricks learns from new friends at school that Steele House--the fixer upper her parents are so excited about--is notorious in town. Local legend says it's haunted. But Hendricks isn't sure if it's the demons of her past haunting her ...or of the present. Voices whisper in her ear as she lays in bed. Doors lock on their own. And, then, one night, things take a violent turn.

With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don't take her first.

©2019 Danielle Vega (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Vega's take on the haunted house subgenre features an eclectic, well-fitted mix of supernatural spookiness and gore.... A gently horrid reminder that some ghosts can be very real." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Even the most diehard aficionados of horror may find themselves leaving the lights on after reading this one." (BCCB

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  • Penny
  • Michigan, USA
  • 06-14-19

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I'm glad I purchased this audio book, the performance is quite good and the story deals with more than just horror as includes abuse and bullying. When it comes to YA ghost stories there isn't much to choose from, last one I can remember hearing about was Anna Dressed in Blood, which was much hyped in the publishing world but quite a let down for me.

The Haunted is more my speed when it comes to a ghost story, more realistic than Anna Dressed in Blood but still not bone-chilling enough for me. However that has far more to do with how desensitized I am than the author's ability to create a terrifying atmosphere for the reader. I will admit that while I was listening this book left me feeling unsettled for an evening. I would recommend this book to those looking for a terrifying read but don't want to have nightmares.

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