Book Review: The Haunting of Merci Hospital by Tanya R. Taylor

The Haunting of Merci Hospital
Author:
Tanya R. Taylor

Published: April 30, 2017
147 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Some patients never leave…
No one expects to visit a hospital for a non-life-threatening injury only to never leave again.

Merci Hospital, one of the oldest in the county, has served countless patients for practically decades. However, something is now very odd about the place as some who are admitted report seeing things that are not there and others never get to talk about it.

Catherine Lucene is fairly new at Merci, a highly regarded nurse whose reputation for excellence and compassion in healthcare precedes her. She gradually becomes aware of the inexplicably sinister happenings at the hospital, but the underlying cause of it all evades her. Will Catherine’s determination to uncover the truth help preserve the lives of those not yet lost, including her own, or will her curiosity of the “unknown” propel her into a horrifying state-of-being she never knew existed?

Kim’s Review:

This is gonna be a simple review for a simple story. Believe me, I’d love to go on and on about the benefits of haunted hospitals and lamenting my lot as the wife of a medical provider who won’t take her up to the haunted floor of the hospital he works at … but I won’t, cuz y’all have heard it all before.

I really liked this book! It was creepy, unique, and even as a ghost story, believable. I liked Nurse Katherine a lot; she seemed to be that perfect nurse who cared and also knew her stuff. I don’t want to give away too much detail, but there were some pretty freaky stuff that gave me goosebumps! My only problem is that I want more detail. This felt a little more like the bare bones of a story versus a completed work. The haunting happened for a reason, but I need more detail about said reason! Where’s the background of the hospital?? When I’m lucky enough to find a book about a haunted hospital or an asylum or even a boarding school, it needs to be at least 300 pages with a complete history of said institution!!!! How hard is that really??? Ok I know, I’m being unreasonable, so acknowledging that about myself, I really liked this book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a simple horror story. It’ll definitely scratch the itch!

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Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing

He Started It
Author:
Samantha Downing

Published: July 21, 2020
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 19-29, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

Jessica’s Review:

I recently listened to Downing’s debut novel My Lovely Wife and absolutely loved it, so much that right after finishing it I picked up the audiobook of He Started It.  I also enjoyed this one.

This is the road trip that you don’t ever want to go on: Estranged siblings who have not seen each other in years must come back together to earn their inheritance by taking a return road trip that they took with their grandfather when they were younger, and also complete his final wish.

Everything is not as it seems as ALL the characters have many secrets, some deadly.  And it appears they have a stalker that is following them across the country…. Or is it a stalker???

He Started It goes back and forth between the past and present: The past is the road trip taken when they were kids, and the present with the repeat road trip.  None of the characters are likeable and this family was very dysfunctional in the past and even more so now.  The novel did drag some for me but then when it got to the ending, I was blown away and totally not expecting things to happen in the way that they did.  The ending did make the parts that dragged on worth it for me

This is one that I do recommend, but definitely read Downing’s debut!!! 

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Book Review: Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

Daughters of the Lake
Author:
Wendy Webb
Published: November 1, 2018
317 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She’s seen her before. In her dreams…

One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen.

As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.

Kim’s Review:

Ooh starting the year off right! This is my 2nd book of 2021 and I loved it! And that cover; take a second and revel in it.

I half guessed the mystery before it was all revealed so bonus, my smartness is intact. This story was great with lovable characters and a perfect setting. Wharton reminded me of those little New England towns and now I want to go visit. I do have a gay cousin but he’s way older than me and I haven’t talked to him in years; maybe I should call him. Kate was such a good protagonist and for someone who is inclined to dislike female characters, I actually liked her from the start. Her relationship with her cousin was so much fun! When they decided to research their family’s home while making it a bed and breakfast, I wanted to join them.

Addie’s story and the multiple timelines were engaging and not confusing in the least. Once I learned everyone’s names, I was good to go and I greatly enjoyed the history and mystery. This is a great book for those who like historical fiction or the paranormal. I felt fulfilled and satisfied with the ending and I would absolutely recommend this book!

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