But Blackwood was dirt-cheap and came with a large plot of overgrown land. Mara loves her new home, and disregards the warnings.
Because ghosts aren’t real…
Title: The Haunting of Blackwood House
Author: Darcy Coates
Published: December 20, 2015
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Overall, I liked this book. The scenes at night were typical for a ghost story, but spooky nonetheless. So let's break this down.
First, the cover. It's on point for this genre. Spooky house, leafless and barren trees, just the right amount of creepiness to encourage opening the book--whether physical or digitally--to explore it further.
I love the horror atmosphere that is Black House. It's located in the middle of nowhere with minimal communication with the world and no electricity, that sets the tone for its spookiness. I also found the axe-murdering serial killer of children aspect of Blackwood House's history especially horrifying, though pleasantly so. Coates writes the horror aspect without the gore.
Now let's talk romance. While this book isn't labeled as romance, it does have romantic elements in that Mara and Neil are pretty smitten with each other, and it shows. While I'm not a fan of romance, the amount in this paranormal horror isn't over-the-top, and their solid relationship actually gives Mara something to keep her anchored to reality and able to resist the allure and pull of Blackwood House.
Speaking of Mara, I didn't love her. I found her shortness with Neil and the medium and her partner annoying. I just couldn't connect with her, and therefore, I found it difficult to root for her to win Blackwood House back from its ghostly inhabitants. Neil was her saving grace, however. He is one of those good guys, and I admit that I was smitten with him. I rooted for them simply because I didn't want to see Neil hurt or heartbroken.
So, If you like reading creepy ghost stories, and don't mind a dash of romance, I recommend you pick up this book and add it to your collection.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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