Book Review: The Haunted by Bentley Little

From the Amazon listing:

“Julian and Claire Perry and their two children, Megan and James, have made the move to a bigger, nicer home in their city’s historic district. But something isn’t right.

The neighbors seem reluctant to visit. Claire can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Megan receives increasingly menacing and obscene texts. And James is having terrible dreams. No wonder, considering what he’s seen in the corner of the basement, staring at him and shuffling closer ever so slowly. 

Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it’s too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the stairs is rising….”

I finished this book in a day. It was fast paced. We get right into the action. Like,, there was no six months after they moved in. No. From day one, this family has other world problems.

I enjoyed this book. Until the end. And maybe that was my own expectation getting in the way. The ending felt anticlimactic. It makes sense. But I guess I was expecting it to take a different turn.

Trigger warnings for sexual content, cutting, cursing, and mentions of rape.

I feel the story was especially strong in the visualization of settings and happenings. I found it easy to be in the moment in the story. I was captivated by how the entity interacted with not only the family members but the surrounding community.

“And in the background, behind everything he did or said or thought, like a low hum, was an unyielding sadness, an emotional blackness that threatened to bloom into depression should he pause to examine it.”

Bentley Little, The Haunted

I would recommend this book. It’s a 4 star read for me. You can get your copy here. And no, I make no money if you buy it.


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