Michael Andrews has his very promising young life cut short just as he is about to graduate high school. We get to journey with him as he learns how to live in the afterlife, continues to visit his family and girlfriend, and meets others like him in the afterlife. Except for his father, who died well before Michael. Did his father go to Heaven?
He has many questions, but is not getting the answers he wants. Why didn’t he cross over? Do people really go to Heaven, and is there a Heaven? Michael meets Sarah, who also suffered an early death. The two teenagers grow close, even though they have been warned of the dangers of a relationship.
To make matters worse, Michael is being chased by demons who are after his soul. He does not know why they are after him, but it becomes clear that someone he met knows more than they are telling. Can he find the answers he so desperately wants, and keep himself and Sarah safe as well?
I finished this story in short order, and I loved it. I am already half-way through the second book, Sanctum, and that review will be posted likely sometime this coming week.
Dan Crawford spent a large amount of his childhood in the foster care system. Adopted by a great family, he is doing much better, but still seems to have some lapses of memory. His summer trip to a New Hampshire college has him meeting 2 new friends, Abby and Jordan.
Strange things begin to happen right from the get-go, and the 3 of them are determined to get to the bottom of it. Dan doesn’t know what is real and what he is imagining. Abby finds out something that throws her in a tailspin, and Jordan thinks they are both crazy for pursuing something he would rather they all just forget about.
This story is a page-turner that you will not want to put down. Well, I did put it down that first night; the pictures along with the story were freaking me out. If you like scary-makes-your-hair-stand-on-end stories, let me know what you think of this one after you rush out and get it.
Remember how I said yesterday that this story was fairly light on the blood-and-guts gore and I would have no issue with my teenage girls reading this?
Yeah. Never mind about that. Apparently all the blood-and-guts gore is in the second half of the book. It suits the story, and is a necessary part of setting the scene as this story comes to its conclusion. There is no need to be concerned about reading violence and brutality that is added just to add it; it is a part of the story and its conclusion and is just as necessary to the flow and feel of the story as the characters themselves are.
So, I generally try to not give any spoilers about books, and this one is no exception. It ended just as strong as it started, and this is certainly a book that needs to be put towards the top of your Read-by-Halloween list! What I can and will tell you, is that the 5 characters in this story were haunted more by their own demons of their past behavior compared to anything the entities in the house could do to them. Maybe that is the true moral of the story; the things that haunt us on the outside is due to the things we bury on the inside.
Since this book had a forward that stated it was part 1 of “The Haunted Houses of Anderson”, after the final chapter there is a teaser section for part 2 of “The haunted Houses of Anderson”, which is titled “The Chronicles of Foxwood.” I hope to be able to have this read before Halloween arrives, and any others that are in this series.
Looking for some more quick Halloween reads, I found The Haunting of Reindeer Manor, by Kevin Michael Guest. Reindeer Manor is a real Haunted Attraction in Dallas, Texas.
A professor looking to end his career with the publication of 9 hauntings, Professor Anderson forms a team of 4 others to investigate, not letting them know the history of the house, Reindeer Manor, so he could get their honest feelings, input, opinions. Jessie is a college student who has no Psychology or paranormal experience. Professor Anderson also has his secretary/mistress Mary attend, for no reason other than his own comfort I would imagine. Professor Fletcher is hard up for the money, and the Dean promised him a full time job if he does this favor for him and Professor Anderson. Amy is a medium with very strong powers that seem to be blocked by some entity in the house. These 4 comprise the team along with Professor Anderson, and convince the current owner of Reindeer Manor, who is using it as a Halloween Haunted House attraction, to restore it to its original form so they can examine it for 5 days and nights. For the sum of $100,000.00, the owner knows the dangers, and that he should refuse, but money wins out.
I am halfway through this story, and it is great reading so far. It is full of suspense, frights, and nothing too blood-and-guts gory that I would be concerned about my teenagers reading this and freaking themselves out! I will have this finished by tomorrow, and give my final report.