The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates

Rating: 3/5

Review: Let me start out by saying normally, I don’t really go for novels about haunting because I scare very easily and they keep me up at night. However, when I saw this, I decided to give it a try. You can purchase it here.

I have a few issues with the book, starting with the relationship between the main character and her boyfriend. They are head over heels infatuated. I mean, the guy spins pet names like it’s his second job. “Honey boo-boo, sweet lamb, darling angel, apple of my eye, piece of pie…” that’s an exaggeration, but you get my point. Honestly some of that was hard to read. Also, he buys her new things like no one’s business and if I remember right, they hadn’t even been dating a year. Maybe I just forgot what being infatuated feels like since I’ve been dating my husband for nearly a decade, but if he strung together pet names like that I am sure I would serve him up a look that would stop him from doing that ever again.

As for the story line, it wasn’t ground breaking, it wasn’t super original, but it was definitely decent. The main character did some really stupid things that I had to roll my eyes at, like trying to logicize (is that a word?) obvious hauntings with explanations that just didn’t make sense. I also thought that there was something almost one-dimensional about her? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about her seemed unrealistic. All those things put aside, I actually enjoyed this book. It’s a nice, quick read, and is definitely entertaining. I finished it and the characters and the storyline stuck with me, and I can’t help but wonder what happens next after this is through.

I will definitely be trying more of Darcy Coates books, and I think that I might have to start reading in the horror genre a bit more.

Again, if you want to give it a try, you can buy it here!


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