Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Ghost of Shapley Hall by Amy Cross

Title: The Ghost of Shapley Hall
Author: Amy Cross
Genre: Horror
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 137
Rating: 3/5
.99 on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Georgette Shapley died outside this house. Her ghost has spent the past century trying to get back inside so she can be reunited with her child.” 

James Spence doesn't believe in ghosts, so he has no worries about going with his girlfriend Rachel to visit an old, abandoned country home. 

Rachel, meanwhile, is convinced that a weekend at Shapley Hall will make James change his mind. After all, she knows from bitter experience that the the house is haunted by a woman who once died in the most horrific manner possible, and who now waits to be reunited with her long-lost child. 

As the weekend continues, however, James starts to realize that maybe ghosts are the least of his problems. Rachel's behavior is becoming increasingly erratic, and it soon becomes clear that she'll stop at nothing to fulfill a promise she once made to a dead woman. Did Rachel imagine a terrifying experience during her childhood, or are the hallways of Shapley Hall really haunted by a terrifying, vengeful creature? 

The Ghost of Shapley Hall is a horror novella about two people who venture into a dark, abandoned house, and about the echo of a terrible crime that still haunts the Shapley family to this day.

Review:
First off, I'll start with what I liked. I liked the fact that this author can put a creepy image in your head as fast as she did. There were some elements of the story that stood out to me. Like the expansive house that's riddled with nothing but bad vibes. At the end of the story, there was a good twist that even surprised me, which I love in a good horror book.
On the other hand, I really disliked the way the author kept repeating some things. Who knew you could describe the sound of beetles in a million different ways? Cross managed to. Also, the main character, Rachel, was extremely annoying to me in many different ways. She wasn't a nice person at all, despite what her main goal in the story was, and I hated her even more at the end of the book. Poor James. :(

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