My review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author. This was a fairly quick and pleasant read. But unlike a truly scary tale like Richard Matheson's Hellhouse or King's The Shining, this story was really quite tame. Paul Russo's wife has just died from cancer and he is devastated. He had always been a workaholic and now he must figure out how to take care of his kids (there are parts where the author talks about how much easier it would be to go out for hamburgers than to prepare a defrosted, slimey chicken and Paul also worries how to take care of his daughter's nails).
Paul has been out of work (real-estate sales) for a while as he was caring for his sick wife and he needs to get back into the market to pay the huge bills he has accumulated. He is given his friend Craig's listing of the Stillwell mansion. Craig's father had recently killed his wife and committed suicide in the house so selling the property would be a little bit difficult. Right away Paul starts seeing weird stuff in the house such as the cleaned-up murder room still looking like it did right after the murder. He seems to have life-like visions of a "hairy thing" attacking him and the ghost of his wife. Paul also learns that one of the early inhabitants of Stillwell looked almost like a twin of his wife.
The best parts of this book are really not the ghosts but Paul's experiences in general, coping with his family and the women that now seem to come on to the new widower. Also, we learn a little bit of Long Island history as the author points out that during the American Revolution a good portion of Long Island remained loyal to King George and gladly housed British soldiers in their homes.
The book is also quite short and could easily fit into a one hour television episode of The Twilight Zone or some similiar show. I tried to rate this book higher than three stars but as it is billed as "A Haunting," I was expecting something akin to The Amityville Horror but got something way more mild than Poltergeist.
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