Messages from the Dead Kindle Edition
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Donna is a wife, a hard worker, an artist, and has a dream to go to art school - a dream that comes true for her.
From her first day at Castell Community College things feel a little off for her. She begins to see things that are not there, talk to those who no longer exist, and tries not to crumble under the pressure from her art teacher Alex.
The ending was nowhere near what I would have expected, but after reading another novella from the same author I should have expected it. For me, it fit very well with her style of writing.
This book was just incredibly boring. I managed to force myself to read it. Save your money and find something better.
Donna's life has always been close to the supernatural. When she was a child, her grandmother would perform seances for people at their home. Now, as an adult, she's attending art school in a building that was previously used as a children's hospital with a particularly nasty reputation. I don't think it's spoiling anything to say the school is haunted, and Casper these ghosts are not.
This novella isn't without its faults, though. As mentioned, a great deal of attention is given to the atmosphere, but to some extent that's done at the expense of the backstory. We're given a brief history lesson about the school and some of it's supernatural occupants, but it's very brief. I feel the story would have benefited from exploring that history in a bit more detail. Further, the ending felt somewhat rushed and a tad out of left field. It wasn't bad by any means, it just wasn't what I was expecting based on everything that came before.
All in all, though, Sandy DeLuca delivers a chilling ghost story, one that deserves to become a staple of the genre.
A note about the passages describing the hauntings. I think there are too many of them. While some are nicely done and are illustrative of how ghost stories can be well written, some are also repetitive and lackluster. I felt that some could be left out, with the result being a couple of strong jolts which stand alone instead of being watered down by additional accounts which were vaguely familiar to previous incidents. An unintended consequence of repeated ghostly visits is that the reader is well ahead of Donna in realizing that certain folks are ghosts (more than a few times, I felt like yelling, "Come on, Donna, get with the program! That's a ghost! How can you be so dense?") The author also introduces a minor character towards the end that results in an unnecessary subplot (a sexual relationship), the outcome of which doesn't do much for the story. As result, when the shocking conclusion arrives, it feels rather abrupt relative to the frequent and repeated hauntings that came previously.
Despite these minor flaws, Messages from the Dead is a blast - a real nifty ghost story.
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Donna has grown up with her grandmother Lena who can commune with the dead. Now that Donna is an adult, she finds that the dead also seek her out.Read more