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The Ghost of Caroline Wald: a Ghost Story and Horror Novel [Kindle Edition]

Michael E. Henderson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Poignant
Funny
Literate
Scary

Eighteen-year-old Frankie Johns discovers the ghost of a teenage girl (Caroline Wald) residing in the abandoned undertaker’s house up the street. She is beautiful and seems very sweet. He also discovers a little cache of skeletons piled behind a false wall in the basement of the house. There is perhaps something quite evil living there, as well. He is nevertheless infatuated by the ghost, and she convinces him to dig up her grave to retrieve her diary, which had been buried with her.

The diary shows a diabolical change in the girl from sweet little thing to murderous monster. She explains it away, but Caroline Wald might not be what she appears to be.

At the same time Frankie is struggling with what it means to be newly grown up, and is trying to find some direction for his life. He is trying to get into college and decide on what he will do with himself.

He comes into conflict with a great evil living in the house, the police, his best friend, and his parents.

This book will scare you, make you laugh and make you cry. And although it deals with issues relating to being 18, it is appropriate for adults as well, and is written with the hope that adults will read it and appreciate it. Contains some cussing.


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About the Author

Michael Henderson grew up in Michigan, served on a submarine in the Navy, and practiced law in Maryland. He lives with his wife in Venice, Italy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2006 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDI38
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 14 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Part ghost & part horror tale about a young girl stuck between this world & the after-life.

Very funny dialogue in parts although I felt that the writing was aimed at a younger reader (and seemed quite basic in parts).

The story kind of tailed off towards the end with the ghost/supernatural element overlooked as Frankie & Elizabeth's relationship grew.

All in all pretty good but with a few changes (making the dialogue between the characters more than 'he said' 'she said') this could have been so much better, that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable book because it is..
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The title of Henderson's book is The Ghost Story of Caroline Wald'. That's obvious, but the reason I wanted to point this out is because I feel there should be a different title to this book. While most of the first half of this book does lean toward it being a "ghost story," there is much more to it that I feel should be emphasized. The ghost element takes the backseat for a good section of this book, then loses steam in the climax, almost as if it were a minor plot element instead of the major reason for this book, as the title suggests. Also the title suggests, in my opinion, that Caroline Wald's character be more of a main character. She's a ghost, plays a big role, then gets downplayed just like the entire ghost element.

This sounds like I didn't enjoy the book, but I did...to an extent. I put the title in the back of my mind, I also pushed the gnawing fact of the ghosts being downplayed behind me. It helped me enjoy the better parts of this book. There is a teenage love story here. Criminal activity on the part of Frankie and his friends. There is also the overall, what I feel is the main focus of the story, journey of Frankie out of ignorance into manhood.

I enjoyed all this enough to keep reading the book and push my rating, that was around a 3.6 to a 4 by the end of the book.

I do wish to point out some of the things that irked me. Frankie has a best friend Dan. He's not the brightest boy around. He's a "typical jock" almost. But when Frankie is talking to him during their adventures in the first part of the book, Frankie seems to talk to him like either an old man or trying to sound "cool." Many of the bits of dialogue Frankie has include the word "son." He's the same age as Dan, he doesn't need to sound like a prick.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: The Ghost of Caroline Wald by Michael Henderson 11 Mar. 2012
By Robert Zimmermann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The title of Henderson's book is The Ghost Story of Caroline Wald'. That's obvious, but the reason I wanted to point this out is because I feel there should be a different title to this book. While most of the first half of this book does lean toward it being a "ghost story," there is much more to it that I feel should be emphasized. The ghost element takes the backseat for a good section of this book, then loses steam in the climax, almost as if it were a minor plot element instead of the major reason for this book, as the title suggests. Also the title suggests, in my opinion, that Caroline Wald's character be more of a main character. She's a ghost, plays a big role, then gets downplayed just like the entire ghost element.

This sounds like I didn't enjoy the book, but I did...to an extent. I put the title in the back of my mind, I also pushed the gnawing fact of the ghosts being downplayed behind me. It helped me enjoy the better parts of this book. There is a teenage love story here. Criminal activity on the part of Frankie and his friends. There is also the overall, what I feel is the main focus of the story, journey of Frankie out of ignorance into manhood.

I enjoyed all this enough to keep reading the book and push my rating, that was around a 3.6 to a 4 by the end of the book.

I do wish to point out some of the things that irked me. Frankie has a best friend Dan. He's not the brightest boy around. He's a "typical jock" almost. But when Frankie is talking to him during their adventures in the first part of the book, Frankie seems to talk to him like either an old man or trying to sound "cool." Many of the bits of dialogue Frankie has include the word "son." He's the same age as Dan, he doesn't need to sound like a prick. It made me dislike hearing Frankie talk. I know this was somewhat the point. It showed that Frankie had a complex that he was better than his friend, and ultimately even his parents, but I think it took it a bit too far.

Once he meets Elizabeth, Dan disappears for too long for my taste. At that point the so do the ghosts as a main attraction. Frankie also talks more "normal" around here, which got me to like his character more, but I was caught between trying to figure out which Frankie was the fake Frankie.

But that's only a minor detail I can overlook for the benefit of the story as a whole. I can overlook that I can't even tell if this was for young adults or adults. The way it's written, i.e not enough "scary" detail given even during the "scary" parts makes me lean toward a younger audience. All the while, some of the dialogue and brutal violence inflicted through the use of nails and rocks (weapons of the good and bad characters in the book) make it more an adult book. It doesn't matter either way I guess, but it would be nice to not have it confuse me. That could also just be my reading of it, while someone else wouldn't find a problem.

Most of what I had to say "negatively" about this book are minor compared to the overall enjoyment. It was a good, easy read. That's all ready. There wasn't anything earth shattering, but there wasn't anything overly wrong about the book.

Pick it up for a "spooky" weekend read sometime. That's what I suggest.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WRITE SOME MORE 20 April 2012
By PATTI L. BARBER - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I saw that this book was suggested by others that I bought and tried it out. I have to agree with some other people, not really a haunted house reader, but the characters mike made up were like friends and i defintely could see them by books end. I keep coming back to Amazon to see if he has written anymore, but alas, it is not to be. Want something new? Try this one. I laughed out loud and actually had the goose bumps in several places.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORROR STORY; DEFINETLY A HORRIBLE BOOK 31 Oct. 2014
By louise - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
horrible, horrible, horrible
I wish there was a rating for zero stars. that's how bad this book is. it has the usual haunted house plot, but the characters are weak, the setting is virtually nonexistent, the dialog is silly and encompasses most of the book. the ending leaves you wondering why the ghosts were there in the first place, why the bodies were never found until the boys discovered them(if you've ever smelled decay, imagine the decay on that scale). why weren't the dead people missed by anyone. who was holding the spirits prisoner. nothing is clear. and finally, why would caroline's ghost say "thank you' to the boy(it was so interesting, I've actually forgotten who she said it to) when she was supposed to be the evil spirit. mr. Henderson, KEEP YOUR DAY JOB.
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read 28 May 2013
By Beverley A. Mott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was hard to put down it really took me their would make a great movie.
I found I chuckled though out the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Henderson's debut novel 16 Dec. 2011
By k - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pleasantly surprised this book kept me turning pages eager to find out what Frankie get himself into next, and even more so, how he'd get out of it. This is such a modern day Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, with a little paranormal twist thrown in for good measure. Loved this author's debut novel, and look forward to reading more from him.
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