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Review: The Haunting by Alex Bell

IMG_20190128_114144_372.jpgAuthor: Alex Bell

Genre: YA Horror

Published by: Stripes

Publication date: 11/02/16

Pages: 352

My rating: ★★★★★

Source: Bought myself

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Some curses grow stronger with time…
People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.
Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful event occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever…
A chilling new title in the Red Eye horror series from the author of Frozen Charlotte.

Trigger warning:

  • Animal assault/injury

Spoiler warning about the animal (highlight the text): The dog survives and makes a full recovery!

The Haunting is Alex Bell’s second book in the Red Eye series. Set in Cornwall, we have haunted inns, witches and curses and it was everything I wanted from it! It might have taken me awhile to read it but it’s possibly the best spontaneous book purchase I’ve ever made.

“Some curses grow stronger with time…”

Emma has been in a wheelchair for seven years, after an incident in The Waterwitch. Seven years later she has returned to visit her dying grandmother, who has closed the inn and put on the market. Despite warnings from both her parents and Grandmother, Emma returns to the Waterwitch after finding out her friend is staying there. It’s not long before the witch makers her presence known, and Emma decides to find out who and what the witch haunting the inn wants and put an end to the curse once and for all.

I couldn’t put this one down, I know I say this alot, I was up at 4:30AM finishing it. Alex writes brilliant horror, I will die on this hill. Her storytelling has a way of convincing you that you’re not alone, that there’s someone behind you watching you. I lost count of how many times I looked over my shoulder while reading this, every creak, footstep, even the puppy scratching at my door set me off. I loved how the plot developed revealing the witch’s history, the curse and events around Emma’s accident which I’m saying nothing about, it’s so good though. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you loved previous Red Eye books. I know I haven’t given anything away, the reason behind this is I went in oblivious to the story and loved discovering it all myself. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Buy from: Book Depository Waterstones

 

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