Jul 21, 2017

Review | Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Title: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano
Series: Diary of a Haunting #1
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: August 25, 2015 by Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★

Synopsis: When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.


Thoughts: The idea of Diary of a Haunting creeps me out. Writing this review is kind of creeping me out, in all honesty. I couldn't read this book at night, because like with a scary movie, it would freak me out to try and go to sleep afterwards. The thing is, not much happens in the book.

Paige, the MC, moves into a creepy house with her mom and brother, and she notices some weird things. They can be brushed off as paranoia or her imagination, and since we are reading from a diary format, not much is explained which didn't work out that great for the story in some cases. The sense of dread scared me most, thinking that something really creepy was going to happen made it worse. Nothing really creepy happens, and then the ending was terrible.

I didn't give it a higher rating because the conclusion was both really weird and felt really rushed. It was like someone completely different wrote the ending and it just did not work out well. I don't want to spoil anything but the ending is probably complained about the most on Goodreads (seriously, go check it out.) But speaking of authors, I can't seem to find a picture of the author, or much of anything else. That probably creeped me out the most.

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