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Haversham Hill Paperback – May 16, 2008

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About the Author

Sunni Morris lives in the desert southwest with her husband and six cats. She is a writer and artist. This is her first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434858936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434858931
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,734,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Henry Jr. on November 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
A haunted house, a single mother of two small children, a ghostly family. Been there, read that. But hold on; Haversham Hill is a fresh approach to the haunted house genre. Sunni Morris has taken this familiar scenario and put her distinctive stamp on it! I was hooked on this story from the beginning! Amber and her two daughters are absolutely charming. You root for them from the start as well as rooting for Amber and her boyfriend to get together. The pacing of this book is so good, the episodes move right along without any padding. Carrie and her ghostly family provide the right amount of terror and suspense for Amber and her family. All of the characters are finely drawn, the children especially are well written. Their responses, their vulnerability perfectly captured. The author has a real talent for description, describing the old house in wonderful detail,all of the things that attracted Amber to it in the first place and all of the mysterious goings on that follow. The town of Ravensdam is described so well it made me want to visit. The suspense is riveting. Is the local witch Sadie, out to help Amber or draw her even more deeply into the secrets of the old house? What does Carrie have in mind for the twins? This is a must read! I hope there is a sequel coming...
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Haversham Hill is a fun story that is appropriate for many different ages. The reading level is probably for teens and upwards but if I had to give it a movie rating, it would be PG-13 as there are some scary moments.

One of the things that stands out with this novel is Morris's very in depth descriptions. This helped me get more wrapped up in the story and I felt this aspect really added to the overall feel of the book.

As for characters, the black cat and the ghost stand out. These two made the story more dynamic and were believable as villains. I found myself fond of the black cat because he was so unpredictable. You never knew what he was going to do next.

The history of the house goes back for centuries and in my opinion this added to the factors of where the ghosts came from, how they became ghosts, how many there were and going back how far.

I wouldn't go so far as to call this horror but there are some similar elements, as well as some similarties with fantasy.

Haversham Hill kept me reading up late wondering how the story would come out.
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Sunni Morris has written a captivating debut novel. It is full of suspense that keeps you turning the pages, even, I must admit, peeking ahead because I couldn't wait to see what happened!

Amber O'Donnell buys a new house out in the country to get away from her hectic life in New York City. Right away mysterious things begin to happen. There are whispers in the village of witchcraft, but little does Amber know just how much her dream home is steeped in it. Before long a ghost is appearing that terrorizes Amber's twin daughters. And that's just the beginning.

The book is full of well-developed and likeable characters, from the spunky Amber herself to the good village witch who tries to help her family. It is also very descriptive, creating an atmosphere that pulls you in from the beginning. I really liked this book and look forward to reading the future works of Sunni Morris!
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One glimpse at the title of Sunni Morris's book and you probably conjure up visions of Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster living in her old mansion, penned by Charles Dickens back in 1861, wondering around in her old wedding dress and "looking like the witch of the place."

While it's not obvious if Morris was inspired by Dickens Great Expectations or not, those who love a big spooky mansion, ghosts, and witches, will not be disappointed by reading her first book Haversham Hill. I wanted to read this because I'm a sucker for a haunted mansion full of history and ghosts.

Amber O'Donnell, the lead character, also falls in love with the three hundred year old mansion deep in the New England woods. She and her two daughters purchase it as an escape from the city and as a new start. The real estate agent is a bit too eager to be rid of the listing, a sure sign that this may not be Amber's dream home after all. And as the family settles in, those dreams soon become nightmares.

Morris has a strong talent for description, almost reminiscent of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour, another book about big old houses rich in family history. She really helps the reader to envision every little detail of the mansion and the surrounding grounds. And like Rice, while I enjoyed Morris's attention to detail, she sometimes becomes too wrapped up in it and ends up straying from the story too much and finding it hard to get back.

Like any good ghost story, the set-up begins with the things that go bump in the night. The children begin seeing and hearing things. Both the family in the story and the reader find themselves on the edge of their seats as Morris sets up a glorious and believable haunting that any A&E ghost chaser would want to investigate.
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I try not to read too many ghost stories because I scare myself, but I was looking for something fun to read and this one sounded intriguing, so I went ahead and raced through it cover to cover. I was not disappointed. Little Carrie seems at first to be a lonely ghost, but she quickly shows her true colors. I was afraid for Amber's daughters from the first minute she made an appearance.

I liked seeing Amber's thought process and the way she tried to sort out the issues she was dealing with in her life and figure out who she could trust. It was easy to understand why she fell under the spell of that gorgeous old house. I didn't set this down until I knew how it all turned out. Kudos to the author for this remarkable debut novel.
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