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Thursday, October 20, 2016

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for The Haunted by Bentley Little @MonkeyPunchBaby @BlackstoneAudio

TITLE: The Haunted
AUTHOR: Bentley Little 
NARRATOR: Dan Butler
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: April 3, 2012
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 54 mins
GENRE: Horror
The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

MY REVIEW:

The Haunted is a great spooky story!

Julian and his wife, Claire, have the perfect family with two kids, Megan and James. With the decline in the economy, the bank has foreclosed on a number of homes in their neighbourhood and turned them into rentals. As a result, the safety of the neighbourhood has deteriorated. Julian and Claire decide to make a move to a better area while they still are still in a good financial position to do so. Their new house is big and beautiful, but there is something unsettling about it. James is afraid of the basement, and he avoids it at all costs. Megan feels like someone is watching her, particularly when she is in the bathroom. Whatever malevolent evil is lurking in their house is finding its way into their dreams. The neighbours are not very welcoming, and they appear to not want anything to do with the Perry family.

Stories with haunted houses always tend to freak me out a bit, and this book was no exception. Little is a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed the darkness he infused into the story. I tend to pick up scarier reads in the Fall, and this one was a great choice. The part with James and the dirt had me going “blech!” My eyes glazed over a bit in the middle, with all the local history. However, I definitely will be reading more of Little’s work, and I already picked up another one of his books at a used book sale.

Dan Butler is a new-to-me narrator, and I thought he was pretty good. He seemed a bit awkward during the sex scenes but, other than that, he was fine.

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