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The Haunted von Bentley Little
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The Haunted (2020. Auflage)

von Bentley Little (Autor)

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When the Perry family moves to a bigger, nicer home in their city's historic district, they soon discover that something isn't right, and that "something" is ready to come out of the shadows of their basement and into their lives.
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Titel:The Haunted
Autoren:Bentley Little (Autor)
Info:Berkley (2020), 352 pages
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I honestly couldn't decide between 3 or 4 stars. This is when half-stars would come in really handy. It was good. I enjoyed the story and it was definitely creepy. There is a lot left open though about what it was and what it wanted and why it was there. Which was something I was really interested in learning.

I didn't like Julian at first. I thought he was a bit selfish and it bothered me that he kept things from his wife and sometimes only because he was too cowardly to deal with her disappointment in him keeping secrets in the first place. However, he did completely redeem himself. I still don't agree with all of his choices, but in the end, his choices were what was best for his family.

Megan and James had a real aggressive relationship at first and as someone who is close to her sister, it was a bit sad. Claire was actually pretty decent. I can't say I found anything particularly amazing about her personality, but she was likable enough.

It was a slow read but only because it was so scary. I could only read it when my husband was home AND when it was daytime. It was too scary to read alone and if I read it too late I had a harder time sleeping than I already do and I had nightmares. I mean it was a good thing as you are looking for a good scare when you read horror, but I like my thrills when I can still feel safe. Contradictory, I know. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Does not disappoint with a nice charge of uneasiness that kept the bedside lamp on after dark. And escapes the sameness of many of Little's other "The" books.
  Lemeritus | May 29, 2021 |
I really, really, really tried to read this, but despite all of my efforts, I simply could not do it. I am a fan of the horror genre, and don't mind a good haunting. But for some reason, this one just did not keep my attention. After over a month, I give up. ( )
  ptkpepe98 | May 10, 2018 |
First time I have read this author even though he has been writing twenty years or more. I will find everything that he has ever written and eagerly read it! ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
(Spoilers!)

Positive things about The Haunted:

1. It was honestly scary. I'd be reading a certain part of the story and become so consumed by it that when I heard a noise out of the ordinary, I would literally fall out of my chair or jump and my heart would race.

2. I enjoyed the characters. I wish I had learned more about them but from what I did learn, I grew fond of them.

That being said, here a few of the negative things about The Haunted:

1. I happened to find a sentence in the book that made me want to throw it across the room - "She felt it as much as heard it, but she heard it, too."

2. I absolutely hated the ending. Why didn't Julian and his family just move? Out of the state or anywhere else! Why did he have to end his life just to save theirs when they could have just moved out of California? Which, by the way, the wife and children did end up doing AFTER he committed suicide.

3. I wasn't too keen on Little's writing style. The story dragged on and on in some places where it didn't need to.

I felt that this book deserved three stars and that is only due to the fact that it truly scared me. Had it not been for that, I doubt that I would have even finished reading it. ( )
  Wonderland_Books | May 2, 2015 |
THE HAUNTED is absolutely heartbreaking in its dissection familial relationships. Don’t be mistaken, this is a haunted house tale but it is also a study of the power and beauty of family and sacrifice. That is why the actual haunting seems so frightening. Little creates rich characters that the reader can relate to and when we see them tormented, it hurts just a little bit more. Little creates characters and worlds that are eerily similar to the places his readers call “home”, then he incorporates chilling elements spawned from the mundane to throw our precious lives into a tailspin.

The story is slightly flawed as certain plotlines are never fully hashed out and often end up going nowhere, making the middle of the novel slightly frustrating.

The fact that THE HAUNTED is so frightening makes it easy to forget about minor flaws. Little crafted an ancient evil that had me waking up at night, hearing things creaking about the house. The terror is cranked up at an agonizing pace until the reader is too frightened to keep reading but too engaged to put the book down. It leaves the reader with a special reading experience that when firing on all cylinders, Little does better than anyone in the genre.
 
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