L. Young

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (57 of 67)
Location: Stockton, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 163,788 - Total Helpful Votes: 57 of 67
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 Aug 2014
Disappointing attempt at the traditional ghost story. Not much really happened until the end when everything seemed to happen. The characters were lacklustre - a suitable description for the book as a whole. Although Boyne tries to create an atmospheric ghost story, he ultimately fails. The atmosphere fell flat, and there were not enough chilling moments.

I'd recommend people read The Woman in Black for a proper haunted house, ghost story.
Creek House by Renna Olsen
Creek House by Renna Olsen
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 26 May 2014
Quite possibly one of the worst books I've read this year. The same thing seems to happen again and again: kids run off, kids find something bad happen, kids get found or something happens to the family, police get involved, something else happens. And great swathes of the book could have been cut out as filler - pretty much nothing happened most of the time, only for the story to very quickly conclude. The characters were poorly drawn, there was no real terror or tension in the story, nothing was properly explained.

By the end I was skim reading. It's only 1.87 on the Kindle but I wouldn't even waste that on it. Terrible.
Abiding Evil by Alison Buck
Abiding Evil by Alison Buck
After reading some very good reviews, and being a fan of horror/ghost stories and the like, I thought I'd give "Abiding Evil" a go. The first part was very good - it set the scene well, and I grew to really like the character of Jon. It was also rather frightening in some places.

It was the second part that I felt the book go wrong:

Firstly - too much dialogue. Pages, and pages of dialogue. Dialogue at the expense of narrative, description, scene setting. Some of it utterly inane.

Secondly - the characters didn't grip me. A certain character was almost so nasty and detached it seemed to me that he was done that way to be the guy we all wanted to be… Read more