- File Size: 2477 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Publisher: 47North (October 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CQC9O5M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Dimitri Petrov, or D. Peters as his byline calls him, is a sad, young man. Mourning the death of his parents he drops out of college and embarks on a life with a less than satisfying job writing obituaries in a struggling local papers. Seeking out tips on his latest 'stories' Dimitri pines after the pretty voice on the other end of the phone at the local retirement center.
But things seem to be looking up for our struggling hero when his boss assigns him to cover a seance at the local haunted mansion on Halloween.
And right there, you know things are going to get ugly. And author, J. Lincoln Fenn (2013 ABNA winner in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and horror) does her best to get ugly, but things just never quite pan out for me.
Details that should have been explored are tossed out so casually that if you don't read carefully you are going to miss them. In this type of book you KNOW things are going to be connected, the mystery will circle around to Dimitri and his new girlfriend-the voice on the other end of the phone-Lisa, but the details of WHY this mystery centers on our central couple aren't really fleshed out. And for a book like this to work for me-that needs to happen.
I didn't dislike the book though, as I think Fenn came up with a great premise for her story. The ending is so open ended that if there isn't a second book, well, I would wonder WHAT Fenn was thinking. IF this is going to be a series, she is off to a decent start. If this book is meant to stand alone, then the ending borders on sloppy at best, lazy at worst.
What I loved about this book:
1. The humor, I never expected this book to make me laugh as much as it did. For me any book of the horror genre that can make me laugh as much as this one did deserves five stars. The funny character banter and perspective made them even more endearing to me.
2. The characters, all of them were very well done. Each one had something unique and unforgettable about them, which made remembering the many supporting characters easy. The descriptions of Dmitri’s co-workers, and the characters collected at the mansion on Halloween were unforgettable and so funny.
3. Dimitri’s grief and the impact it had on him felt real to me. Whenever his grief was touched on it rang with a deep sincerity. It’s the kind of honest insight I love, where I’m left wondering if I stumbled onto a part where the author bled into their work.
J. Lincoln Fenn has a clean style with a clear voice. Everything conveyed is necessarily, and her plot structure omits all trick ponies and plot devices. I really look forward to reading her future works.
The aspects that made this book perfect for me were the fact that Dimitri is a writer/journalist/sleuth- he has a book he's written that was a thousand pages and still going strong, he writes obituaries for the local paper, and has a droll humor/sarcastic personality. Other than the obituaries, that's pretty much me.
Also: an abandoned mansion, ghosts, and some Halloween mischief. I read this at the right time of year.
This is one of the most quotable books I've ever read- I was highlighting a lot while reading this on my Kindle. I think, for me, some of the best quotes are general thoughts I have had myself, and the author expressed perfectly:
"I have watched enough cheesy detective television shows in my young life to know that when one is presented with an inexplicable mystery, the first order of business (after procuring good donuts and coffee--check) is to create a wall of clues with photos of suspects and article clippings, preferably in an artistic yet seemingly random fashion."
~Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn, page 96 Kindle edition
""There was a day when writers actually read," he grumbles. "They could quote Keats and Socrates. Now anyone with a keyboard and a fifth-grade education can call themselves a writer.""
~Poe by J.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A page turner, I didn't skip ahead once. True evidence of of keeping my interest. Slumber parties are over rated, you didn't miss much.Published 3 days ago by Lisa R.A.S
I listened to this book on audio while traveling over a year ago. As the sequel is about to come out I decided to read it so that I could remember everything. Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Lowery
Recommending it to my students who love dark stuff - good story, great main character.Published 1 month ago by MRSNELSONIHS
I thought that the ability to write a "haunted house" type of story that was engaging and satisfying had been lost. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely a great read. Keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! If you love spooky, ghostly stories this is the book for you.Published 2 months ago by Christina Dewald
Well, kinda. Our main character has an interesting story waiting to unravel. As it does, we can see into a hidden history of demonic summons and exorcisms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. N. Abentroth
This might have been rated higher, nearly was, but the detractors were just too...well detracting, distracting and intelligence insulting. But first, a digression... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mia
Started out with a bit of a cliche (group gathers in haunted mansion), some things didn't make sense, and there was one conversation where I lost track of who was saying what, read... Read morePublished 3 months ago by KadyH
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