Published 21st December 2012 by Dreamscapes, Ink
296 Pages | Add to Goodreads
Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.
The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.
Book Review: 4.5 stars
Why do I do this to myself?
I can’t even sit through scary movies without blocking my ears and covering my eyes. Especially psychological thrillers that mess with your mind! Then why is it that I read a whole book that is freakin titled The HAUNTING Season? That is clearly about ghosts and an evil possessing house? I honestly don’t know…but it was really good!
I really love books that just jump right into the action, where you don’t have to read six chapters until what is mentioned on the blurb is finally mentioned in the book. The Haunting Season does just this. We meet four kids who have joined this ‘experiment’ conducted at this supposed ‘haunted’ house in Savannah, Georgia. Those of you who are a fan of the ghost hunting shows, and read blogs about the most haunted places in America..even though they don’t live in America (again I don’t know why I do these things when I just end up having to make a blanket cocoon to get to sleep) would know that Savannah GA, is apparently one of the most haunted places in the US. So we begin this book by meeting Jess who has started to see ghosts, just not the one ghost she wants to see. Then there is Gage who resurrected his brothers dog, but not the one person who counts. Bryan who can make objects and people disappear, and finally Allison. Oh Allison.
Although written in third person the story switches focus between these main characters. When I first started this book things just didn’t make sense. Like why would these kids decide to take part in an experiment for a month? Of course this gets explained relatively early on, so hang in there.
Muto is a rather fantastic story teller, creepy, but engages you till the last page. Don’t read this book at night, and if you do cover the mirrors in your bedroom. You’ll know why. I loved the descriptions of Siler house, in the beginning and at the end. The story is very well written, gripping the reader into only wanting more. It wasn’t necessarily the things that happened, although yes they were disturbing and again…creepy, but it was the way they were described and the dialogue between characters both alive and dead that make you want to cacoon in your bed. Once you start its what always happens to me whenever I am forced into watching something scary, I must know how it ends for my peace of mind. But of course you must endure the rest of the movie, in terror, which never leaves your mind when your trying to get some shut eye.
Although there is romance, with a touch of the rumpty-de-pumpty, the mystery intrigued me more. You’ll be questioning if people are really alive, who is good and who is bad to the bone, even if Siler house is even a house. The fact that the main characters have powers was an excellent addition, but be warned that there isn’t necessarily a happy ending.