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BUT – having read hundreds of them, you get a little jaded. What if the chills don’t come through? When John Bowen’s supernatural suspense tale showed up on Bookbub I gave it a quick study, then scooped it up. Never say die!
So glad I did. Bowen delivers great characters, a mystery with unexpected twists and a deliciously scary haunted house.
We see it first from a handyman/henchman’s POV, a lone Victorian perched on top of a hill overlooking the sea. Renwick uncovers boarded-up windows from the outside in the dead of night. Then opens the front door.
“It was pitch black. Renwick retrieved his torch and swept its beam through the large entrance hall. The circle of light skittered about, illuminating several doors, and a large staircase, all liberally draped in a heavy array of cobwebs. He took a single step inside and stopped.
“A shiver ran through him. He swept the torchlight around some more, wondering why he felt so reluctant to enter. It was just a house, after all.”
And right from that moment we know better. This could be a “Hill House” – of the “whatever walked there walked alone” style. And right from that moment we know better. This could be a “Hill House” – of the “whatever walked there walked alone” style. My favorite. Renwick caves, closing the door till daylight arrives. (Nice to see a guy smart enough not to push on when he gets the vibe.)
Still, the action first gets underway with Kate Bennett and the crew of “Where the Dead Walk,” a paranormal investigation show filming an episode for its second season. The new studio chief plans to cancel the series if ratings waver – and Kate knows the latest episodes aren’t the best. She may have to compromise her “staunchly objective stance” to push through. So when the chance comes to explore the Victorian, it’s manna from heaven. Maybe elsewhere.
Bowen’s writing is sharp and polished – no horrid errors of grammar or punctuation to cause a stumble during a late night read. Lead characters are complex and sympathetic. I was happy to spend a midnight or two with them. The story behind the characters and the house took excellent, surprising turns that kept me hooked – and left me recommending it to others.
I’m looking forward to John Bowen’s next book. — Kay Reynolds