Some Can See
Author: J.R. Erickson
Published: November 27, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
The dead have stories to tell. Are you listening?
On a sunny August morning, in 1935, thirteen-year-old Sophia Gray finds her friend, Rosemary wandering in the woods. Rosemary’s yellow dress is tattered and stained, she walks with a strange lurch, and her eyes are vacant and glassy. She beckons to Sophia, desperate to show her something, and Sophia follows.
In an abandoned cabin, beneath a tattered blanket, Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body.
It was not Rosemary who led her there, but Rosemary’s ghost.
Step into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane
Twenty years after Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body, she finds herself trapped in the sprawling, and eerily beautiful, Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, in the hands of a malevolent doctor who preys on patients who exhibit paranormal abilities.
Sometimes the dead don’t rest
In present day 1965, Hattie, much like her mother, thirty years before, is led by a ghost. A newspaper hidden in an attic reveals a secret that has shaped the lives of Hattie and her siblings. Hattie with her sister, Jude, embark on a crusade to remedy the wrongs of the past and discover the tale of deception that stole their mother a decade before.
Hattie and Jude are in a race against time to discover a murderer and save their mother from a horrific fate.
Get lost in a uniquely chilling story that spans the life of a family and the ghosts who haunt them.
An asylum!!!!! Y’all know I love them!!!! My only real issue with this book, and unfortunately it’s kind of a big one, is that not much of the story actually happened in the hospital! I was expecting an AHS Asylum type story where most of the plot unfolds within the hospital. I’m hoping that if I keep reading the series (filled with stand alone stories), I’ll get to learn more about the asylum and this mysterious brotherhood that operates within the Michigan medical community.
But the story itself was interesting and I mostly liked Hattie and Jude. I sympathized with them easily and I was excited to see the resolution of everything. It kept me guessing and there were plenty of creepy happenings to make my inner horror fan happy. I’m not sure if this is labeled as YA or not, but I wouldn’t actually recommend this to younger readers. There are objectionable elements that would keep it best for more mature audiences. Overall, this was a great book and I can’t wait to continue with the series!
Within These Walls
Author: Ania Ahlborn
Published: April 21, 2015
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?
With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.
I was all set to love this book. Y’all know that I find Charlie Manson incredibly intriguing and you throw in cults and paranormal, then I’m all over that. Unfortunately, Within These Walls missed the mark. Most of the book was taken up with angsty drama coming not just from the emo teen daughter, but from the adult true crime author as well! Audra, the original victim of Jeffrey Halcomb, got a little too whiny, though I will admit that she was the more realistic, portraying just how damaging anxiety can be. But what really got me, was the fact that when I sat down to write this review, I couldn’t remember what the book was about. I had to read the synopsis on the back just to remember anything about it!
While I was reading it, I was mostly enjoying it; I just felt that by the end, all the anticipation wasn’t warranted or fulfilled. The paranormal element was the only truly unique thing about the story; the tiniest little twist at the end managed to salvage some bit of the story. Then, the nail in the coffin: Ahlborn referenced Michael Myers, wait for it, searching for Camp Crystal Lake. That’s it, you’ve lost all respect as a horror writer. Please return your membership card at the door as you vacate the premises. Listen lady, you’re lucky I kept reading after that point! Overall, this was a really disappointing read and I can’t really recommend it to anyone. There is a saving grace, that cover is amazing! But that’s about the only amazing thing.[Top]
Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: October 15, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Home is where the heart is … or the hatred.
You can feel the love and care someone puts into their home just by walking into it. Equally, you can feel the hatred and malice when you step into a home where dark deeds have been done.
Alex and his team of so-called paranormal investigators are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are able to film inside one of the most haunted, and cursed, locations in their area:
The Jackson Mansion.
The thing that makes this mansion truly unique is that it is built completely underground. Determined to uncover the dark secrets of the mansion’s past, and prove himself a notable investigator, Alex doesn’t care what it takes. The mansion, however, has other ideas, as well as some rather restless occupants.
Claven has become one of my all time favorite horror authors! She doesn’t pull any punches and writes some of the scariest and most disturbing stuff I’ve ever read! Buried is just such an example. While not quite as perverted as her Asylum books, it’s still explicit and frightening! It reminds me a lot of Grace Encounters, which if you have not seen, you should watch. A TV crew goes into a haunted mansion looking for a great story and some freaky shots, but what they find is not what they expected! I was engrossed; I couldn’t put it down!
Once again, if you don’t like even the tiniest bit of horror, then you will not like this book. But if you want something obviously scary and thrilling, then pick up this book!