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This review is from: Help for the Haunted: A Novel (P.S.) (Kindle Edition)
Author, John Searles wrote an excellent, very wicked, murder/thriller and from Chapter one I was hooked..The vivid imagery had me lost in this fictious, "Ghost Hunters'" type world...At times I actually found it to be frightening, not so much with the supernatural but, what was going on behind closed doors..Of course, once you start reading the book and you find out what parents do for a living makes it dysfunctional to begin with..Perfect depiction of what it's like as children to have to grow up in an environment with fanatical ideology...The paranormal, religion, and demonic beliefs blended so realistically in this story that it kept you on edge all the way to the unbelievable, twisted ending..It shocked and made me feel angry..
Great in-depth characterization of the main players...Especially, of the daughters: sweet, intelligent, good girl Sylvie Mason and rebellious, hateful, angst teenager, Rose Mason..The story had a very intricate, complicated plot that you didn't know what was real or not...Then add the eerie, artifacts to the basement and for a minute I thought I was watching the 2013 film, "The Conjuring"...After seeing that in the theater I almost didn't want to find myself in that place again.This story is completely different after you find out about the basement and what goes on down there..It takes a turn that you don't see coming which makes it thought provoking, very sad and keeps you guessing....
The premise is written above and I not going to repeat it..The Mason's claim to see evil on the outside but why are they blind in their own home...When the father, Sylvester Mason places that ad in the newspaper,"Help For The Haunted" their whole family world will start to disintegrate...They become pariahs in their community..The children are bullied and taunted at school..The damage is done and "Social Services" is a failure..You will be asking yourself in the end if the title of the book is really meant for them......
"Haunting, emotional realities of life"...