Title: The Haunting of Gillespie House
Author: Darcy Coates
Publish Date: August 15, 2015
I've read a couple of Darcy Coates' short stories, and I immediately fell in love with her writing style and creepy ideas. So, when I saw that she was offering copies of her newest novel, The Haunting of Gillespie House, to reviewers I jumped at the chance to read it. I'm infatuated with horror, and this novel has everything I love about good, old-fashioned horror: suspense, evil in both human and supernatural form, and a monster so evil that I cringed when I met it face to face.
First, I'll start with the cover, since that's the first thing readers see. Love at first sight. Yoly Cortez from Cormar Covers did a fantastic job of creating suspense in the cover art. The gorgeous typography only adds to its appeal. I wanted to climb the steps into that old house and explore it myself--every nook and cranny--right along with Elle.
Elle is an easy character to like. She reads as much as she can and is so curious about the old house she's looking after while the owners are away that she's hell bent on exploring it, even when things get strange, then downright terrifying. What's not to like!
Darcy Coates' writing appeals to me. It's beautiful, really. I find it fascinating when straight horror is successfully combined with beautiful writing, and Coates is a master at her craft. Here's an example:
"The secrets hidden in the darkness felt a thousand times more alluring--especially when the shadows writhed across the floor and bloomed out of every corner."
The darkness felt alive and I feared it would writhe across the floor and straight into my soul. It's a miracle I didn't have nightmares after finishing this novel.
The plot is fast-paced; there is always something interesting happening, and I didn't want to stop reading until I got to the last page. I only took breaks for the necessities, like work, though I read during every possible break I could squeeze out of my day job. I read this novel in two days, which would have been mere hours if I didn't have to sleep or work.
I recommend this novel for all horror fans, especially those who, like me, love suspense and to be completely terrified. Darcy Coates is officially one of my favorite horror authors, and I will snap up every single scare she publishes.
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.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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