Which sounds weird, except Jess’ father recently died and she used to see her grandmother. So the ghosts for her were a good thing. Jess is brave and competent, and even though Allison is creepy as hell and Jess has to room with her, she used her wits to make decisions.
The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto is one heck of a scary story. I used to be a very big horror reader back in the day 😉 but I’m a total chicken these days, so I don’t normally pick them up. But this description caught my eye and the cover is gorgeous, and when I read the sample I knew immediately that it was well-written.
This story begins with the character Jess. Jess is sort of a mess when we start – you see she sees dead people. Or not. Well, Jess used to see dead people, but for some reason, she can’t anymore. She’s been offered a chance to participate in a paranormal study at an old Savannah mansion called Siler House, and she jumps at the chance, hoping it will bring back her previous ghost-seeing skills and she can get some closure.
With her in the study are three other “participants” all of whom have paranormal powers. Gage can reanimate dead things, Bryan, who can make things disappear, and Allison – who has recently just recovered from demonic possession.
The young adults are being supervised by a housekeeper (who is always creepy, right?) And Dr. Brandt – who is in charge of the “experiment.”
Of course, with every haunted house, there is a history and this story is no exception. It’s an intriguing story, woven together with lots of twists and turns and towards the end, as it’s being revealed, it made me sit up and gasp (twice!)!
This book scared me. The whole demonic thing was chilling and there are a few twists in the plot at the end that were very well-crafted. The back story was revealed in just the right amount at just the right time, never feeling like you were getting an info dump – and I doubt anyone could see the twists in this story.
ABOUT the AUTHOR
Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious. Lover of scary books and funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, and changes of season. Owned by two incredible dogs and an iMac. Author, wife, sister, freelance tech writer, and IT geek. Author of The Book of Lost Souls & Don’t Fear the Reaper. Read the 1st chapter of Don’t Fear the Reaper here.