A Great Ghost Story
5 out of 5 stars
I love books like these. They are creepy and set the tone with silence as much as they do with jump scares and “new” scare tactics. Sometimes the unknown is scarier than the known. House of Madness tells the story of a fresh start in a new house. Sure, you’ve heard of that before, but that doesn’t take away from the way that this story is told or the feelings you get when you know what’s coming but can’t do anything to stop it.
Another reason I really enjoyed this book was because it’s not overly scary. I know that’s weird to say, but I don’t like it when a book scares my socks off. I like to be shocked and surprised. But I also like to sleep at night. The way this story is written and the way that Harris builds up the drama and the fear as the book progresses really takes this book to another level.
This is another story I found by looking for a narrator instead of looking for an author. I’ve been doing this for years with narrators like R.C. Bray and Scott Brick, but when it comes to finding interesting and well-performed ghost and horror stories, look no further than Joe Hempel and Victor Warren. Warren is able to add atmosphere with just his voice and really sells the scary scenes with his performances.
Overall, a really enjoyable ghost story. One that had me on the edge of my seat throughout but also one that I could go to sleep and have mostly normal dreams after.
Can you ever truly put the past behind you?
Tim and Adelaide Smithfield are haunted by memories of loss too raw to forget and too painful to remember.
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