I’ve never read any of Danielle Vega’s books, but I’ve heard she writes some pretty scary stuff. I decided to give her newest book a shot to see if it scared me. Unfortunately (Or should I say fortunately?), the book was not very scary for me.
Hendricks and her family- mom, dad, and baby brother- just moved to their very small town. Her parents flip old houses for a living, sell them, then move on to the next. Something about Steele House makes them decide to stay. For Hendricks, it’s a chance to start over.
We find out through the book that they moved to get Hendricks away from her ex-boyfriend. They had to get a restraining order, they changed phone numbers, and finally decided to move away. So when the weird stuff starts happening in the new house, Hendricks is more focused on the past that’s still haunting her…when she should be focused on the ghosts haunting her now.
Through her new friends, Hendricks finds out that a young girl was found murdered in the cellar of Steele House. That girl was the sister of Hendricks’ neighbor, Eddie. His brother was the one who killed her. So…that’s awful. Now, there are invisible cats jumping through walls, ghosts destroying wine bottles, stabbing doors, and throwing babies around. A desperate Hendricks seeks help not from her cool new friends or the sweet boy who wants to date her, but from the loner-next-door, as you do.
The two crazy kids end up visiting a New Age store in a nearby town to seek help to perform a séance. They perform the rituals and fight back as the ghosts continue to terrorize them, but emerge victorious…or do they? There are still more secrets to be revealed, plus a very abrupt and strange ending. The Haunted didn’t end up “haunting” me very much at all. I liked the characters and Hendricks’ trauma stemming from her ex-boyfriend was affective. The parallels between the physical haunting and emotional haunting were interesting, and I sort of thought it would be more psychological than actual ghosts. Alas, the actual haunting was not as satisfying.
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