I finally finished reading this last night right before I went to bed. It says on the front of the book that this book scared Stephen King……I didn’t find it THAT scary. I figure Stephen King would be harder to scare than this. Yes, I think this was a good book and I wasn’t expecting the ending, however, I think that statement was more over hyped. They probably used that to get more people to read the book. You may just have to read it for yourself and see what you think….
Winner of the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel
A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Shining, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist.
The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.
Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface—and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
I’ve got a lot more e-book on my Kindle Fire now so I should have plenty to choose from. I got an Amazon gift card yesterday and I’ve been spending it on some new e-books to add to the collection. It’s a good thing I have the Kindle now because my bookshelves are getting a little full at the moment. Anyway, you can check out what I got with my gift card from the list below…
Gum Town Detective Agency by David Banks Small Horrors by Darcy Coates The Carrow Haunt by Darcy Coates The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates Ghost Camera by Darcy Coates Gwendy’s Button Box by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar The Haunting of Lannister Hall by Amy Cross The Ghosts of David Brook by Amy Cross Aberrations: The Witch’s Warnings by Joseph Delaney Behold a Fair Woman by Francis Duncan Winterhouse by Ben Guterson The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson Full Throttle by Joe Hill The House by Bentley Little Dark Halls by Jeff Menapace The Lost by Natasha Preston A Journey Through Charms & Defense Against the Dark Arts by Pottermore Publishing A Journey Through Potions & Herbology by Pottermore Publishing A Journey Through Divination & Astrology by Pottermore Publishing A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures by Pottermore Publishing Mirror Image by Michael Scott and Melanie Ruth Rose Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller Nightmares: The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop The Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Wintrop
I got to go to the bookstore today and get my Valentine’s Day present from my hubby. I love going to the bookstore regardless of the occasion. But I got some new books to read, which you’ll see below. One book I added furthers a series I’m in the middle of reading and the others are new books I discovered while shopping. Even better is I saved 10% on my purchase for being a member and I had a coupon for $10 off on top of that.
Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski Wildefire by Karsten Knight The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs The End and Other Beginnings (Stories from the Future) by Veronica Roth Scream and Scream Again by R. L. Stine
Do you ever read books that are outside the norm for you? What books are outside the norm for you? Will you ever take the chance and read something outside your normal? Why or why not?
This is something that I haven’t done very often. I read “The Diary of Ann Frank” about 3 or 4 years ago and that’s something outside of what I normally read. There are certain genres I normally stick to like fantasy, horror, science fiction, mystery, or thriller/suspense. They all usually involve fiction in some form so “The Diary of Ann Frank” was something different for me. I had been wanting to read that book for a long, long while and I had never had the chance to until a few years ago.
What are some books that I can read that would be outside of the genres I normally read?
I know recently that I mentioned that Netflix is going to be showing a tv show based on a comic book series I’ve read before. Well, now they’ve come out with a trailer for the show….finally. I’m watched the trailer a couple of times now and I’m getting anxious for the show to start. I want February 7th to hurry up and get here so I can start watching it. I’ve been hearing about a possible movie or tv show based on these comic books for forever and now we’re finally getting it.
Synopsis: Three siblings who move into their ancestral estate after their father’s gruesome murder discover their new home’s magical keys, which must be used in their stand against an evil creature who wants the keys and their powers.
I’ve got a book I’ve crossed off my list over the weekend. Even though it’s geared towards the young adult crowd, I decided to give it a try. I thought the story line was good and I liked the way the book ended. The only thing I didn’t really care for was the main character seemed like she couldn’t make up her mind which boy she liked more and even then she couldn’t decide if she wanted to be with that boy or not. That may be normal for young adult novels…I know I’ve seen it happen in a few other young adult novels I’ve read in the past.
Synopsis: From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.
Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.
Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.
I’ve finished the last in this series. These stories were everything I remembered from when I read them back in the 7th grade. They brought back a lot of memories from my childhood. They’re perfect for kids who aren’t scared easily and want to read some scary stories.
“Perfect for reading alone or aloud in a dimly lit room.” – Kirkus Reviews