Waiting for Harvey (The Spirits of Maine Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
About the Author
Kim Scott was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Scarborough, Maine. She presently resides in Southern Maine. She is the author of The Ruth Chernock Series (Regarding Ruth, In Ruth's Memory, On Grace's Shoulders and Pink Sky & Mourning) and The Manning Family Series (What Happened to Alex Manning? and Shuttering the Manning House).
In 2015 & 2016 Ms. Scott plans to release 'The Purple Mist', 'A Solitary Grave in the Maine Woods', 'Plummeting' and 'Forgive Me Mattie'. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00KAGI30S
- Publisher : Kim Scott (May 11, 2014)
- Publication date : May 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 830 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1499534949
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Synopsis (from the author): Erik went into the woods of northern Maine for a vacation. He planned to enjoy three weeks of quiet serenity. But in the cabin nothing was what he expected and his life would never be the same. As winter settles over the region Erik begins to question whether he will get away from the woods alive. The woods of Maine belong to the spirits who live there. When the whispering begins... RUN!
What I liked: Lydia North did a wonderful job with the story. She wove current events with the not-so-distant past and the distant past. The story follows Erik as he goes to a childhood cabin to get away from New York and start writing again. The ghost, Harvey, joins Erik at the cabin and the spooky happenings begin. The story sucked me right in and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. No spoilers from me, but I really enjoyed it!
What I didn’t like: I can’t really think if anything in the book that I didn’t like. Bravo Lydia!
Overall impression: Excellent book and one I would recommend to most everyone. The intensity of the story might be a little tough for younger readers, but everyone else who might like a little late night shiver will like this one!
WAITING FOR HARVEY is a chilling, claustrophobic, classic ghost story that will run shivers down your spine and send you scurrying to make sure all the lights are on. A gripping read, its tension and horror creep up on the reader in a relentless, tightening noose of increasingly inescapable danger.
When writer Erik Rivard leaves his Manhattan apartment due to the threat of a major hurricane on the Atlantic seaboard, his brother suggests he spend a couple of weeks in the family's remote, but newly renovated, Maine cabin. Still troubled by an eerie childhood experience at the cabin, Erik is not at all eager to return. However, when his brother persuades him the peace and quiet will be a perfect setting in which to work on his stalled novel, Erik agrees.
Both the natural and the supernatural conspire to trap Erik in circumstances that grow more dire and threatening every day. Ms. North (Kim Scott) has written nail-biting suspense and breath-catching terror, and she has done so with such plausible realism that the reader, more and more caught up in Erik's desperate pain, isolation, and fear, can't turn the pages fast enough.
This original, imaginative, and well-written story is a scary delight, full of chills both natural and supernatural. Dialog is natural and, when necessary, era-appropriate. The wilderness setting is vividly described, taking on both overwhelming beauty and threat. One can feel the bone-chilling cold of the forest and the blessed warmth of the wood stove. Although the text had some noticeable editing glitches, such as occasional misplaced words or " 's" on plurals, they did not spoil the flow and powerful mood of the story.
If you like ghost stories, I highly recommend WAITING FOR HARVEY!
In the second half of the book, you read Harvey's story. Harvey lived quite the checkered past and it was fun reading about his wayward ways.
Erik's plans were to stay at the cabin for 3 weeks, at which time his brother was to return and pick him up. But Harvey won't let Erik leave, and Erik's brother doesn't return. The reader is left wondering why Harvey won't let Erik leave. Is it companionship that Harvey craves? Or is Harvey attempting to save Erik from the truth? When both storylines collide, the reader can decide what Harvey is really up to. I'm not telling, so you'll have to read the story to find out!
Top reviews from other countries
What I liked about this book-
It was well produced and error free. While it started a little slow, I liked the building suspense as it became increasingly obvious there was an unusual presence in the cabin, John (the brother) wasn't going to return to the cabin and Eric (the writer) was not going to be allowed to leave. I liked it being unclear whether Eric was hallucinating and loosing his mind in the isolated cabin or whether the ghostly figure of Harvey was real. There were some great descriptions of scenery and wildlife and I could visualise the cabin in the clearing.
What I didn't like.
Suspense was building nicely and I was drawn into the story, when 2/3rds of the way into the book, Harvey (the ghost) sits down and tells his story, about his childhood, his friends as a young man, his marriage, his death and the previous owners of the cabin he'd terrified. Not only was he an unpleasant character but it stopped the flow of the story and broke the atmosphere and uncertainty. When the narrative returned to Eric and his predicament I found it hard to get back into the story.
Overall, an enjoyable, well thought out read.
I felt as though I was in the cabin along with Eric, fighting to survive and keep my sanity. I found myself willing him to escape...felt his anger, fear and frustration.
I shall think twice about going into a dark woods after reading this.
Being of a somewhat nervous disposition, I generally don't read ghost story's. However, I'm glad I read this.
It's an awesome story, but I suggest reading in daylight!
The joy of this book is you really don't know what is going to happen next. It's so beautifully crafted that, even when I had an idea that 'such' would happen, I still had no idea of the final outcome!
North is a true story weaver, spinning the tale of Erik's childhood, growing up and through the twists and turn of Harvey's life. I loved this book. Well written, well researched and easy to read, my perfect book at the end of a long day. My favourite story of 2014.