on March 26th 2018
Genres: Horror, Horror & Ghost Stories
Reading Challenges: A to Z, Book Blog Discussion
"The dead are restless here..." Remy is a tour guide for Carrow House, a notoriously haunted building. When she's asked to host seven guests for a week-long stay to research Carrow's phenomena, she hopes to finally experience some of the sightings that made the house famous.
At first, it's everything they hoped for. Then a storm moves in, cutting off their contact with the outside world, and things quickly become twisted. Doors open on their own. Seances go disastrously wrong. Red liquid seeps from behind the wallpaper. Their spirit medium wanders through the house during the night, seemingly in a trance.
Then one of the guests dies under strange circumstances, and Remy is forced to consider the possibility that the ghost of the house's original owner, a twisted serial killer, still walks the halls.
But by then it's too late to escape.
Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?
Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet. When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge.
More info can be found at Blogging from A to Z and the full list of bloggers is here!
- “A” post — April 1, 2018 (No fooling! 😁 )
- After Challenge Survey — May 3, 2018
- Reflections — May 7, 2018
My A to Z Challenge: C for Carrow Haunt
I picked this book up because I was excited about the cover! There’s been a lot of floating ladies on paranormal covers in recent years, but I still love it. It was also Kindle Unlimited, which makes me doubly happy! Premise sounded spooky enough to fit this challenge. So it was like a win/win/win!
I love horror books that have haunted houses. Houses can be eerie even without all the background, but walk into a house with a lot of background information, or deaths, and you have a horror just waiting to happen.
This book actually reminded me of a mixture between Rose Red by Stephen King and The Poltergeist. It was very well done!
This book starts off innocuously enough. A bit spooky as Remy is leading a tour through this house late in the evening. Of course the tours are only done super late, which can give any house an eerie feeling. Even Remy was getting strange vibes on her first tour.
My initial thoughts was that this was a perfect setup, but the book is 370 pages, so I didn’t want to get excited about the creep factor so early on. I had to hold my excitement back to see where this was going to go.
I didn’t have to wait long. My imagination did go a little wild as Remy started to get a list of people together that would do a TWO WEEK stay in a haunted house. Two freaking weeks! Are you kidding me? Most people can’t last one day in a haunted house. Much less two weeks. These people haven’t seen any horror movies, that’s for sure.
Actually, I had to giggle a little as a lot of tropes were thrown into the beginning. For instance, cell phone service was out. That’s so predictable. But still, it went with the story.
The characters were excellently drawn out. Remy was my favorite of them, with Marjorie being my least favorite. Marjorie makes every mistake in the book, thinking she knows absolutely everything there is to know about ghosts. She continues to say and think that she knows precisely what is going on. While I envy a good acknowledgement of what someone understands, the paranormal, even if you have worked with it for 40 years, is still beyond our comprehension. I kept getting so frustrated with her!
While not necessarily plot driven, as they are in the house just to see if they can see anything, the plot was interesting. And of course, the longer everyone is there, the better it gets. OR worse, depending on your perspective. Ghosts start slamming doors, walls start bleeding, but then people start disappearing. You think that would be a good time to halt the investigation, but there’s a massive storm and no way out!
Sounds fun, right? It absolutely was!
I wound up putting this down with only 10% to go because I didn’t want to have nightmares! Not that it is very scary, but Darcy’s imagination is so vivid that I could see everything she talked about, including dead people. And I did not want them invading my dreams!
In short: This was fantastic. I loved every word. A tad slow in places but with how intense most of this is, it needs the slower moments to breathe. And to allow my heart rate to slow down. Reading books can be like exercise! Tell my fit-bit that!
She lives on the Central Coast of Australia. When she’s not writing you can usually find her on a bushwalk, spending all day in the library or researching local urban legends.
Her favourite author is Stephen King, but she’s also a fan of Shirley Jackson, Mark Z. Danielewski, Beth Massie and Barbara Michaels.
Darcy co-habitates with three cats and two humans. As much as she would like a fourth cat, she knows that would be treading dangerously close to crazy-cat-lady territory.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- A to Z
- Book Blog Discussion