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“Diary of a haunting” by M. Verano // Book Review

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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.

 

“I used to get so worked up about this or that boy, or who was passing notes in math class. All that stuff seems so far away now, ever since Real Life came along and punched me in the face.”

 

A nice story, but it was not creepy or scary, what a bummer…

I love books (and movies) taking place in haunted houses, but I really struggle to find one that scares me, one I can not stop to think when I get up at night, you know the one that makes you hesitate to get out of bed to go pee haha!

Here, the story is told by the main character: Paige, since we will discover her misadventures through her diary. I think it’s perhaps this style of narration that prevented me from being afraid, or at least from immersing myself in this story. It’s nice, it reads quickly, but there are no descriptions of the atmosphere, which in the end are quite useful in horror/creepy books.

Paige has just moved into a new home with her mother and brother, and of course, the house is creepy and with a dark past that will thrill anyone considering living there.

Weird things will start to happen, for her and especially for her little brother.

The detail I found a little creepy is this abundance of flies and spiders within this house. Paige talks about it all the time in her diary, she counts them, looks at evolution. And as I really hate spider, that works on me!

Apart from that, I found the story a little slow, and it takes off really late, it’s a shame. The end is not exceptional, a little weird maybe and far-fetched if you want my opinion. I’m not saying that this book is bad, I had a good time, but it could have been so much better!

 

 

 

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