Hill House Manor: 13 Ghost Stories Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1093 KB
- Publication date : February 1, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Publisher : Hill House Publishing (February 1, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08413MM6V
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1733081437
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,374 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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As I read through Hill House Manor 13 Ghost Stories, I found some stories to interest me more than others. The first story, The Stranger, intrigued me at certain moments, but there were other moments where I had to push myself to finish the story. There are other stories in this collection that left me feeling like the story was unfinished. Now, as this is a collection of GHOST stories, that is honestly to be expected. There is no real way to give a full and final conclusion to most of these stories so a feeling of “unfinished” is going to be prevalent with quite a few of these stories.
Now, there is one story in particular that I feel will be a bit hard for some readers as it deals with the death/murder of two children. I found the story truly tragic and while it didn’t hit me hard, it made me think of others who might read this book and then begin reading this story and become distressed because of the story.
The stories each story is different, though there are a couple that is broken into two parts. Some stories are more interesting than others though in my opinion and those I practically devoured. There are some editorial errors sprinkled through the book, but none are so bad that they detract or distract from the overall enjoyability of the book. I did feel that some of the dialogue was a bit stilted at times and didn’t flow like I felt an actual conversation would have in places. I also wish that the author had taken the time to chronicle the timeline of each story as she moved through the book. I think that it would have helped to set the stage for the appropriate timeline throughout. There are some that identify the time era, but I think that putting the time era with the name of each story would have helped to set the stage better for readers so that they would know when the story is happening. I would have also appreciated some background with some of the stories. The author jumps into each story headfirst but some of them I felt could have used with a bit of backstory to help set the stage for what it is that we are about to read.
All in all, I am rating this book 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoy reading supernatural novels, and this book has quite a few tales to tell surrounding that infamous haunted house. There are some good stories and then there are some that for me fall a bit flat in engaging my interest totally in the book. If you like a good ghost story about haunted places, then I recommend you pick this book up. Not all the stories might appeal to you, but I’m sure that there will be at least a few that catch your attention and pull you in.
This book is an interesting collection of real-life situations and how people’s lives are impacted either in a negative or positive way by the hauntings of ghosts. Hill House Manor and the supernatural activity surrounding it is the inspiration behind the novel, and some of the stories are based on individuals who were involved in paranormal investigations at the manor. Linda Anthony Hill’s collection of stories about ghosts is a fun, light read, and the uncanny aspects of the novel go hand in hand with particular themes in the individual stories. There are a few proofreading mistakes in the book, but they do not distract from the overall reading experience.
As with any short story collection, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but can honestly say I liked them all. Each story mixed the supernatural elements with the human drama in a seamless way that was easy to read. I especially liked the way the stories progressed chronologically, from pioneer days when the house was little more than a 2-room cabin to the present. The attentive reader can sometimes spot subtle cameos from earlier characters in later stories.
Although this is a book of ghost stories, it never becomes too scary. The overall sense is more one of eeriness, and a gradually increasing awareness of the supernatural by the human characters.
As always, Ms. Hill masters both her subject matter and the blending of the paranormal and normal perfectly. Five out of five yummy wedges of gouda!