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- Publication Date: May 20, 2018
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- Language: English
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The Haunting of Riley Watson: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 0 Kindle Edition
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The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. - Stephen King
Demakis, Joseph. The Ultimate Book of Quotations (p. 490). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
Despite Elmore Leonard’s advice (10 Rules of Writing) to never open a story with the weather, Alexandria opens this tale by writing of “the pure white sea of snow…” I think it works okay here because it sets the foundation for what book 0 is supposed to be. Without more elaboration, please refer to the below excerpt.
BLUSH FACTOR: No worries here. No major profanities. There is only one, “Holy S…”
Those unfamiliar with Clarke and her penchant for publishing her stories as short installments, might not appreciate her cliffhanger endings in each of the first two books in any particular series. I’m okay with it, somewhat, because I always get the first two books while they’re offered on Amazon for free. If you wish to read only the complete story at one sitting, though, this writer is very good about combining the three into a bundled offering and a great price. Therefore, you can whet your whistle now by getting Book 0 and Book 1, or you can wait a month or so for the set.
‘…“That’s why I’m reserving judgement for Riley until I meet her. For all I know, she’s a normal kid about to go through puberty. Everyone gets weird when the hormones hit.”
“I suppose you’re right—whoa.”
As the Land Rover emerged from the forest, the land opened up in front of us. Crimson Basin was an enormous white blanket embroidered with a fine stitching of trees, chair lifts, and intricate lines carved through the snow by skiers and snowboarders. The mountain was divided into two halves. King and Queens Ski Lodge and Resort was nestled in the snow at the base of the left side. The gray stones and gabled octagonal roof of the main building lent the lodge a distinct historical vibe, boasting earlier origins and a “we were here first” entitlement to the slopes. In comparison, the resort on the right side of the mountain was all modern angles and glass windows perfect for scoping out the day’s skiing conditions without setting foot outside. Each resort had their own chairlift to tote tourists up the mountain. They ran parallel to each other, as if the mechanisms raced to reach the top first, but the King and Queens lift wasn’t running that morning, and the left side of the mountain was barren of skiers and snowboarders.
“Are you getting weird vibes from this place?” Jazmin asked as she signaled her intention to get into the left lane at the fork in the road. It was peak skiing season, and the traffic to the mountain was brutal, but the Land Rover was the only car that turned toward King and Queens instead of the other resort. We whizzed by the stagnant line of cars waiting to turn right and got a glimpse of the modern resort’s welcome sign.
“White Oak Ski and Spa Resort,” I read off. “It looks brand new. Maybe they were offering a special to get people to stay there.”
“If you say so. God, does this place look bigger up close?”
We cruised into the empty lot of King and Queens and parked in the shadow of the main building. The stone entryway loomed over everything, turning the white snow dark. The resort stretched so far in each direction that I couldn’t see either end of the building. A single cop car was parked out front with the words “Crimson Basin Police Department: to honor, protect, and serve” printed in blocky blue letters on its side. Other than a King and Queens courtesy shuttle and a couple of cheap sedans in the employee lot, the Land Rover was alone. The place was deserted.
“Is it closed?” I wondered as we stepped out of the car. I kept the camera on, holding the gimbal in one hand as I shouldered one of my bags with the other. Jazmin unloaded the trunk and rolled both suitcases behind her as we approached the front door. When it opened by itself…’
Clarke, Alexandria. The Haunting of Riley Watson: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 0 (Kindle Locations 342-353). Kindle Edition.
Excepting for the cliffhanger, I would rate this a solid four star. The writing is smooth and easy to read. What prevents it being a five star, though, is that it starts out just a bit too tame. A bit too familiar. The cliffhanger ending is somewhat rectified by the fact that the next book in the series is also available, and free at present.
Four stars out of five.
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This "book" finishes without any resolution nor answers to any of the questions raised.
It is a refreshingly interesting tale and I was intrigued enough to keep reading till the end,
BUT I was so annoyed that it just ended, BAM, midway through the story.
If the intention of the author is to publish a serial, it should be clearly noted in the description.
This is not book 0, this is part 1 of a book that when published completely, will be a terrific read.
I give the story, that I read so far 4 stars.
My rating for the "book", however is 1 star, It is not a complete book it is part 1 and it should be labeled as such.