Popular high school senior, Daniel Townsend, is dead – victim of a suspicious car crash. Classmates Marc and Angela begin to investigate. A chance discovery pinpoints Daniel at a crumbling antebellum mansion – the old Jonas Barloff estate.
The house looks uninhabitable. Haunted. Evil.
To solve the mystery, Marc and Angela must comb through a phantom infested antebellum mansion. Witness a sordid grave exhumation. Attend a wicked, hair-raising séance. And learn the true identity of Jonas Barloff.
Will any of these pieces of the puzzle help them lay the mystery of Daniel’s death to rest once and for all? Oh, no! Not hardly! Not until they come face-to-face with an evil no one could possibly imagine. Even if they live to tell the story, no one will believe them. Not in a million years. – Goodreads.com
Although one of my favorite genres, I haven’t read a horror novel in quite a while, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA horror, so I was very excited to receive this book. I wasn’t disappointed.
Calvin Dean has a wonderful way with words. His descriptions of the abandoned house, the creepy graveyard, and the eerie surroundings made me feel like I was right there watching his characters. The imagery created was spectacular and the writing flowed so well I’d be caught up in it and then shocked at something I never saw coming. You gotta love that in a book.
The flashbacks to the Civil War added another dimension to this book and also helped to explain things happening in present day. By the time I got to the last thirty or so pages, I couldn’t put it down and had to see how it ended, even though my husband was begging me to turn off the light.
The only suggestion I’d make is something that I’ve struggled with myself. Another author once told me to not get so caught up in ‘telling’ the story that you forget to ‘show’ it also.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, suspenseful mystery with some horror thrown in, definitely check this out.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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