Bentley is back on form with his latest offering The Haunted, which after his last book, the dissapearence, which by his very high standards was poor, but here he has got back to doing what only he can, and in some style, it had everything you would want from a Bentley Little book, it was creepy as hell, and was so much more than just another haunted house story, it was full of twists, and all the main characters were believable, and as for the ending, i just didn't see it coming, it is such a relief that the best horror writer in the business today is back to his best again, a must read, it really is a book that stays with you for a while.
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THE HAUNTED, by Bentley Little, really started out well for me. After the initial introduction to the main characters, we quickly find our way to "the house". The Perry family are moving due to the corruption of their original neighborhood, and of course, the house they find seems almost "too good to be true" at the time. (In horror, always the giveaway that something is horribly wrong).
The tension in this one is really done masterfully. Several "isolated" incidents among the individual family members were genuinely scary! Not only did these serve to show the reader what was "wrong', but it had the additional leverage of dividing the people--of course, they were all either in disbelief, or too scared to tell anyone else about what they had encountered.
Approximately half way through, we get a series of flashbacks to the town hundreds of years ago. These were done--again--in such a way that they added to the story, as opposed to taking us out of it completely. There were enough little twists that changed the course of the book to where I wasn't able to predict the ending, which is also an added bonus.
My only complaint here was that the ending DID seem overly simplistic in comparison to the fantastic build-up of the book. It ended in more of a "whimper" instead of a "bang". With a heavier-edged conclusion, this book had the potential to be a five star read for me.