The Christmas Bell
Author: L.A. Detwiler
Published: November 10, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Some Christmas ornaments should be left in the attic.
When Candace Mills, 26, heads home for the holidays to visit her mother and ailing grandmother, she’s expecting a peaceful, dull Christmas. She has no idea, though, that a single Christmas ornament is about to send her into a whirling chasm of evil.
It starts with the Christmas bell, scratched and worn in one of Grandma Anne’s boxes in the attic. Once they put it on the tree, Grandma Anne starts to say terrifying things and act strangely. Candace and her mother assume it’s her dementia talking—until they start to have dangerous encounters with a fiendish being.
As the secrets of Anne’s past involving her twin sister rise to the surface, the women face sinister horrors from a dark force looking for revenge.
Will any of them be able to survive, or will they fall prey to the malevolent secret Grandma Anne is harboring from her past?
This was a creepy series! I read Rachel’s Story first and I think that was a good idea. It gave some good background for The Christmas Bell that helped the story along. The Christmas Bell had some pretty terrifying stuff. The reason I took off a star was simply because I feel like some overreacting was happening and I had a hard time getting over it. Family members are often horrible and very few of us come back from the dead to haunt them in such an intense manner. So some suspension of disbelief is needed. Once you accept that, then the creepiness stars to seep in! Detwiler has a good handle on horror elements and uses them effectively. Rachel was flippin’ scary AF and I had a hard time putting both books down. Overall, this is a great series for horror lovers!