Bentley Little is at his scary best in The Haunted, a tale that begins calmly enough when the Perry family—Julian, Claire and their two children—moves into an old Victorian house in the upscale New Mexico town of Jardine. But they soon find their neighbors to be strange and standoffish. More unsettling is a sudden onslaught of bizarre nightmares and ghostly visions. When 10-year-old James is compelled to eat dirt as he digs up animal remains in the yard…when teenaged Megan is given titillating commands from an obscene presence…when a sickening odor emanates from a dark corner in the basement—that is when Julian decides to protect his family in a manner that will leave even hardcore horror fans chilled to the bone….
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Nal Signet, Div Of Penguin Putnam ( April 03, 2012 )
Item #: 13-551058
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.9inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
A nice sense of tension throughout, plus this book gets in your head in subtle ways and stays there. I experienced a weird sense of deja vu while reading the first half of this book, and I couldn't get the story out of my head until I finished the book. Nicely done.
Liked Little's early books much better. Or maybe my expectations have changed. Thought it was contrived and predictable at times, disappointed in the last third of book. Where did the explicit sex come from? I could not relate or "feel" the subjects. Reading level maybe high school at best.
Loved The Haunted. I have read several of his books and my goal is to read ALL he has to offer. Horror is totally my genre and he definately delivers and keeps me wanting more. He joins my most favorites list with Stephen King, Brian Keene, Richard Layman and Nate Kenyon. This story did not disaappoint. Next up...The Academy.
This is the first book I've read of Bentley Little. It definately had some freaky parts in it that I didn't expect. (That's the only reason I gave this book 2 stars)
There's no complexity to his characters at all. This is a book I would of enjoyed in High School. And last but not least the ending was WEAK. I felt like the author wasn't quite sure how to end the book himself.
The title is enticing, but that's about it. Typical haunted house plot. No logical history or origin of the thing haunting the house. Ending just leaves the reader hanging.
Reviewer: Kevin M