Book Review: Ghost Sanctuary by Becky J.

18616372Title: Ghost Sanctuary

Author: Becky J.

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting, Ghosts

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by PUYBT in exchange for an honest review.

Ghost Sanctuary is a factual accounting of a family’s struggle with ghosts living in their home. The book explains in detail the happenings faced by the family and their reaction to the invasion of the spirit realm into their own. The book contains fascinating photo and video evidence of what the family has and continues to experience. The author identifies how her own belief in God and the afterlife has helped her to overcome and understand the trials and tribulations of her family’s ordeal.

Ghost Sanctuary is a true account of one family’s struggle with the ghosts inhabiting their house. The author seems to have had several experiences with ghosts prior to moving in, but these experiences reach a climax while living in their current house. The author links the ghostly struggles with her own beliefs in God, and even looks to the bible for an explanation of what is going on, and how she should deal with the ghosts. Eventually, when the experiences get too bad, she even searches for other ways to get rid of the ghosts, trying herbs, candles, and other things she got from a local shop. Unfortunately it seems to agitate the spirits more than appease them.

The author also has had several paranormal investigator teams visit her house, to try and determine what is causing the paranormal phenomena. The experiences sound real and believable. They’re not too over the top, and the author has included heaps of evidence, like audio tracks, links to Youtube videos, and even pictures.

Now, let’s start with the good. The evidence is great. There are orb pictures, a picture of a dark shadow inside the house, the audio is clear, and the evidence really supports the author’s claim. For me, this was easily the most interesting thing about the book. The haunting itself is intriguing too, and it sounds believable – the haunting grew in strength over the years, seems completely random, and has increased because the author kept filming/taking photos, which usually leads to an increase of paranormal behavior. So, it makes sense.

The not-so-good was the writing. It’s obvious the author isn’t trained at writing, but an editor should’ve spotted the abundance of exclamation marks. It’s all told in a down-to-earth voice, kind of like the author is sitting next to you, and telling you the story. I got used to it after a while, but a thorough editing job could’ve helped wonders here.

There’s also a too-heavy emphasizes on religion, at least, for me. The author even goes as far as to quote bible verses. People who are devotedly religious might like this, but I had no need for it in a book about this topic. Also, the whole religion part might scare off people who enjoy reading true haunting accounts, but have no message in religion.

All in all, a decent book, and I liked browsing through the evidence presented.

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