The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto

Summary from goodreads:

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. 

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

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The Haunting Season

link to goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16141351-the-haunting-season?

Review:

I was immediately drawn to this book when I read it was about a haunted house. I LOVE haunted houses and scary stories. I also saw that it was compared to The Shining (but obviously for a younger audience) which just made it a must-read for me. I was not disappointed. Within just a few pages I was drawn into the story line and intrigued by Siler House. This book was so much fun. I laughed, I cried, I nearly bit my nails off due to the suspense, it was great. The only mistake I made was reading a big chunk of it before bed, so of course every sound was a ghost or demon coming to get me. I think each of the four main characters added their own little quirk to the story and I particularly enjoyed Gage’s wit and Allison’s uber creepiness. The story itself was extremely suspenseful and it was definitely scary. I like the way Muto allowed the reader to draw their own conclusions about what was going on. Too many horror stories (and movies) go into excessive and often graphic detail, but I think horror stories are more fun when your imagination is allowed to go wild. I know that there were times while reading this story that I was cringing and having heart palpitations from my own mental imagery. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good horror story. And for those romance lovers out there, never fear, young love is in the air at Siler House. 😉 If you are a lover of all things scary and haunted I suggest you go get The Haunting Season and prepare for some seriously frightful-fun.

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