Mini-Review: This House, Little Secrets, The Sound of Time

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Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

This House

Tite: This House

Author: Benjamin Kane Ethridge

Genre: Horror

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

“This house…lives on the edge of reality.”

What makes a haunted house? The unsettled spirits of the dead? Or the unsettled spirits of the living? When Joey Lodge sustains a severe brain trauma, his delusions take the form of an alien spirit that guides him in the creation of a haunted house. He begins to populate the house with ghosts of his choosing, from family members to criminals, until the line between fantasy and reality blurs and even his delusions start fighting back. As terror in the house ratchets up to a maddening pitch, the alien spirit has one shocking revelation still in store.

Review: An accident causes Joey severe brain damage, but unfortunately that’s not the only thing wrong with him and his dysfunctional familiy. Those people are horribly broken, and they already feel empty, soullless. The question of what makes a house haunted, the dead or the living, is an interesting one, but not enough to keep the book entertaining until the end. Soon enough, the plot becomes disjointed, with another storyline thrown in. The ending was all right, but it never went beyond a 3-star read for me.

Little Secrets

Title: Little Secrets

Author: Megan Hart

Genre: Horror

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

They’re not alone in the house. With a baby on the way and a brand new house, it seems Ginny and her husband, Sean, are on their way to a fresh start. But strange occurrences and financial strain seem determined to keep Ginny and Sean stuck in the past. Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted…or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so. As Ginny researches the house’s former owner and the tragedy that happened there, it becomes clearer than ever that something is in the house with them. The question is, who…or what…is it?

Review: I love a good haunting story, and Little Secrets definitely delivered that. Ginny and Sean were two interesting characters – something seemed off about them from the start, and that added to the suspense of the book, along with a slow build up. The story had a lot of twists and turns and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Sound of Time

Title: The Sound of Time

Author: Jeremy Essex

Genre: Horror

Rating: 2,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

“Is time just an illusion?”

Charles never believed the ghost stories about the old factory. As a psychology student, he understood the spooky tales told by the midnight workers were just the products of overtired minds. But when his company is hired to clear out the derelict old building, a small group of night workers become stranded in the isolated, mist-shrouded complex. Charles decides to conduct a psychological experiment to see if he can re-create the ghostly effects people have seen and heard over the years. But the experiment goes horribly wrong and something inexplicable happens. Now Charles is starting to believe as he finds himself fighting for his sanity and his life.”

Review: While the premise is intriguing, the story soon falls into repetition, and there’s not a lot of variation once the “experiment” beings. The start and end were quite good, but the middle part was just too repetitious to be enjoyable.

Comments

  1. I don’t read horror but these definitely sound interesting!!

  2. I love book covers with creepy houses on them. The second, Little Secrets, caught my eye especially. Sounds like you enjoyed that one the most. I’m intrigued!

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