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- ASIN : B07RXGDZZY
- Publisher : NineStar Press (May 27, 2019)
- Publication date : May 27, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1751 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Customer Reviews:
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So, it's a murder-mystery tale and it's very well done. I loved the intro to the house and its history through the years, with the Wilsons moving in mid-70s, perpetuating the history of death and concealment, and then Jez and Graham moving in circa 2005 and kind of going full circle, with a few differences. I loved how the house 'chose' to latch itself to one of each era's owners and how insidiously it weaved its way into minds and deeds and thoughts. I thought the tale was really well done, and it was both horrifying in parts (Mrs Wilson's actions in particular, but she got her just desserts) and mysterious about how the past and the various presents connected. I liked the reveals, so casually done, about who was 'haunting' who and how they came to light, and how they got brushed off/concealed; the author definitely had a deft touch there, i.e, not too much emphasis to make me go eureka! too early and then ruin the tale for myself. And, once I was clued in, I began to look out for more little secrets.
I thought that Jez copped a bit of an unfair outcome, but perhaps good was starting to triumph over evil and it was time for the cycle to stop. I thought that the 2034 ending was particularly good, quite believable in a paranormal way, but I would have liked to know what became of the house, and, I loved the hint about a young couple being interested in turning it into a hotel... It did leave me pondering the possibilities - does Jez turn arsonist in a bid to completely stop the cycle? Does the young couple buy and renovate and does the past once again come to life? Does the local council buy it and renovate it as a halfway home/rehab centre and does that start the cycle again? Or, has justice been done and the souls laid to rest forever? Or, is there, pardon the pun, Resident Evil? Questions, questions, questions, lol!
ARC courtesy of Ninestar Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.
This is a truly terrifying ghost story that reminds me somewhat of The Shining for it is set in a hotel and its malevolent inhabitants of the ghostly kind somehow manage to reach across the divide and influence those of the living.
There are two stories going on here.
The first story is set in the 1970s and the other in the 2006-7s. For the first story, we have Marjorie Wilson telling the story of how she, her husband Staley and son Christopher first set eyes on Pembroke House. They fall in love with the area and the place and had dreams of having a hotel.
The second story revolves around Jez Matthews and his partner Graham. Both men want to shed their life in the city and for financial security, they buy a closed down hotel after falling in love with it. This is the story that occurs in the 2006s.
Each of the characters involved get to buy the building that was once a grand home to Elizabeth Penbroke who, along with husband and supposed lover, died on the same day under gruesome circumstances. It is their ghosts that live within the walls of this grand home and it is they who play influence over the new inhabitants.
It all starts out quite normal for all, where first they go through the terrors of refurbishing an old structure then the joys of opening their doors to guests, the happiness felt when they realize their business is going to be a success, the elation they all feel when their personal lives are improving by the day, and the horrors when they realize that the ghosts are coming in to play but not in a nice way.
Both stories are told from different points of views and from the story teller's time period. Although this may sound confusing, it is actually not. I loved reading this style for it actually gave me a better view on how the different events fell into place, in parallels, from different time periods. What is most interesting is that what happens to one story will get reflected onto the next, but not.
Illicit affairs, betrayal, murder, ghostly apparitions and mystery galore is the true tale of this book. It took me three hours to read this and I could not even put this down to eat. Despite the shifting points of views that may sound horrific to other readers, the way this is written, this story should be told exactly the way it is, for it just increases the horror felt as each page is turned.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Top reviews from other countries
I downloaded the book later in the week when we had moved on to Cornwall, what a great read!
A clever combination of murder, mystery, supernatural episodes and those weird twists of fate that so often occur in real life and are only ever really apparent with hindsight.
I hope more people come to read it as it deserves a wider audience.
I'm really looking forward to the next book whenever it appears and wish Ian the best of luck with his future work.
*The Hotel was really good as well!!