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The Devil's Serenade by [Cavendish, Catherine]
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"The Devil's Serenade builds a sense of dread, with genuine scares, right up to the climax." --Daniel G. Keohane, Bram Stoker nominated author of Solomon's Grave

I absolutely love Cat's books. Hers are very different from what you may be used to. If you've never read one of her books before, I highly recommend you start here" - Cat After Dark
 
"The denouement scared me pale. Read with the lights on...and ignore those noises upstairs." - Mallory Heart Reviews
 
"This is a haunted house tale as full of memories and regrets as it is demons and spirits. More importantly, it's a story where the house itself is part of the story." - Beauty in Ruins  

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good creepy story." - FangFreakin-tastic Reviews
 
"Ms Cavendish weaves a mysterious and spine tingling tale." - Just a Little R&R
 
"Fans of gothic horror are sure to eat this book up" - Examiner.com

"There's plenty of twists, turns, and doubt...horror and ghost-loving fans will really like to sink into this one."- The Reader's Hollow

"Great classic horror. Keeps you turning the pages faster!" - Maddie's Book Reviews

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A great book to curl up with on a stormy night." - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ATWWP74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
When it comes to horror, sometimes the best scares are those just hinted at, kept off the page, or left open to explanation. It's that sense of doubt, that inability to trust our senses, that makes the reader so perfectly uncomfortable. It's a large part of why Gothic horror endures, and why the haunted house tale remains a classic.

The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish is a brilliant example of the genre, and even if it does show a bit more than we might expect in the end, the entire story is built up to justify it. This is a haunted house tale as full of memories and regrets as it is demons and spirits. More importantly, it's a story where the house itself is part of the story.

On the surface, Hargest House seems like your typical Gothic haunted house. It's large, looming, dark, and cold throughout. There is a definite sense of age, as evidenced by its lack of heating, its scarcity of illumination, and its dusty antique furniture. The attic is full of those ghosts and memories, striking Maddie with a fear she can't explain, but it's the cellar where Cavendish puts her mark on things most strongly. Down there are tree roots that seem a part of the house's foundation, with no tree close enough to justify their intrusion, and . . . well, let's just say their frequent comparison to tentacles is an apt one.

As for Maddie, she's an interesting twist on the Gothic heroine. Neither an innocent young damsel nor a crooked old maid, she's a strong, confident middle-aged divorcee looking to reclaim a life on her own terms. As surprised as she is to have inherited her aunt's estate, there are fond memories attached to it that make for a welcome return. There's also a gap in her memory, however, coinciding with the last summer she stayed there as a child.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The author did an amazing job with suspense. Every turn that Maddie makes in that house when things start to go wrong had me on edge. There was plenty to be frightened of, and hinted at in that eerie house.

Maddie is a peculiar woman, but I think that's why I was getting to like her. She has a mystery to her past that I couldn't wait to sort out, and the author was careful to keep the cards close to her chest.

When Maddie inherits the old Hargest house from her Aunt Charlotte, she inherits money and a huge home in a new place. A place where she can restart her life, which I think she desperately wanted, but the longer she's there the more unusual things become. It starts with roots in the cellar, ones that seem to be coming in from a willow tree several feet away, and then the hauntings begin. As a child, Maddie had imaginary friends/siblings, but when those imaginary siblings begin to show up in the house, for more than just Maddie to see a series of supernatural entities are showing up for a showdown and Maddie's smack dab in the middle. Like I said, the suspense was masterfully done. I also really enjoyed Maddie, as she was always trying to strive to be a new, and better person while at the same time trying to understand the history of the house.

The history, I thought I had guessed it, and I did, to a point. The detail and sympathy I had for Charlotte once her fate was revealed was both heartbreaking and something to admire, as she was a stronger woman than I originally thought.

Also, if this book had me googling "The Blue Serenade" a couple of times just to listen to the song while I was reading. Now, I don't think I could ever hear it without thinking of Maddie.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I love a good, old fashioned haunted house story. The thing with the haunted house is that they are familiar. That old house down the road, grandma’s house, or that creepy old place you look at before buying your safe cookie cutter place in the burbs. Those old places have nooks and crannies where things hide in the shadows; they have creaks and squeaks that no one can explain. These houses have roots growing into their cellars and a nonexistent child skipping from one room to another, or at least Catherine Cavendish’s does.

I truly enjoyed the way that Catherine Cavendish slowly built up the tension in The Devil’s Serenade, with small things that could be rationally explained at first. Stage two, okay, perhaps Maddie is just a wee bit crazy; that’s right, there’s no such thing as a haunted house (dripping with sarcasm). Then we reach stage three…that did not just happen! At this point, we fully realize that Hargest House is FUBAR; at this point, any rational person would just get the heck out of Dodge, but where would the fun be in that?

Madeleine Chambers was a great character. She had her own little idiosyncrasies that kept that bit of doubt going through the bulk of the story. Is this really happening? The protagonist was a perfect fit for the tale. The other characters in the cast worked well off of Maddie, and you’re just not sure who you can trust.

The Devil’s Serenade is a great, new haunted house tale that is packed with tension and has a few fantastic surprises along the way.

* I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
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