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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IA40TTU
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Chilling stuff as our team meet a ghost or two, and experience true terror as demons and evil spirits combine to threaten their lives. Read this story and be prepared for some heart pounding moments, and I bet you'll never look in a mirror in the same way ever again , and certainly not with the lights out!
The story itself, though fairly standard, was interesting and unfolded well. The pacing was really good, keeping a good mix of mystery and character bonding.
Each of the characters have their own unique ability connected with the paranormal, and their own bad experience to go with it. They slowly begin to bond as the book progresses and I did grow to like each of them.
Jess forms a romantic interest in Gage and the pair begin a relationship as the events unfold. I wasn't overly keen on the romance element in the book. It didn't really add anything to the story and felt a little rushed in places. For me, Jess and Gage didn't have that much chemistry and the moments of racing pulses and secret trysts in locked rooms didn't really fit that well within the scary, haunted atmosphere.
The writing overall was very enjoyable. The author didn't weigh the book down with big descriptive paragraphs or spend too much time explaining the history of Siler house.
I was slightly disappointed by the ending. There was a lot of build up to it and the anxiety really ramped up in the final few chapters but, for me, it never really amounted to anything. The final encounter with Riley (the malevolent demon prowling Siler House) proved to be a bit anticlimactic.
This book is perfect for anyone looking for a creepy, paranormal YA read. It's eerie enough to have you turning on the lights before you enter a room, or double-checking mirrors as you pass them, without being so scary that it gives you nightmares. There's enough intrigue and mystery and banter between the group to keep the atmosphere fairly light throughout.
However, I think some of the writing lets the story down a little. Occasional specific descriptions are copy/pasted and seem odd being repeated (one was actually highlighted several times by previous readers). The book changes narrative between Gage and Jess but the writing style for them is so similar I sometimes didn't notice the switch until the person you thought was narrating the story was referred to in the third person.
Overall it's a fun read - scary, creepy and interesting. Recommended.
Let me back up and explain a bit more about the teens, Jess, Gage, Bryan and Allison. They've all got special... gifts. (I don't like to say "powers" because that sounds way too superhero-ish.) Jess can see spirits, Allison can see (and be possessed by) demons, Gage is a necromancer of sorts and Bryan can make things vanish into the ether. They've all got interesting traits and backstories and they're all at Siler House for a reason. I won't ruin the plotline but let's just say it's pretty nefarious as is the facilitator for their trip, Dr Brandt.
I thought the attraction and relationship between Jess and Gage was a bit quick but then again, they're teens and they're in a confined space with scary stuff going on around them. I suppose you find comfort and distraction where you can and I honestly don't blame them!
I would liked to have seen more from Allison as each chapter is predominantly told from a slanted view from either Jess or Gage. I think Allison's perspective could have made the novel even creepier, as she's constantly alluding to seeing demons and that "they're not alone" and the like. Allison creeped me out in general so seeing things from her point of view could have been really interesting.
The gore was fantastic. I'm a huge fan of blood and guts (I adore cheesy slasher flicks, for goodness' sake) and "The Haunting Season" definitely delivered on that front. Riley's story was suitably gruesome and only got better with Jess's vision in the woods. Just brilliant and a 10 out of 10 on the stomach churning scale.
With lots of creaks and groans and bumps in the night, "The Haunting Season" is guaranteed to appeal to horror fiction fans and to people who just want a cracking scary read.