The Haunting by Alex Bell

hauntingSome curses grow stronger with time…

People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.

Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful event occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever…

How did I get the book?
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Horror

Previously reviewed: Frozen Charlotte

Review: The likelihood of me being creeped by any horror book is minimal but I’m an optimist and Alex Bell’s previous book for the RedEye serious, Frozen Charlotte, ticked a lot of boxes for me so I was really looking forward to this.

The Haunting has a good premise, I enjoyed that the Waterwitch had such an interesting history. Yet there was so much of it. A lot of the beginning of this book is spent setting up the story and the characters and even as the reader delves deeper into the story there a still big chunks used up for flashbacks or background information. It felt like the haunting horror I was meant to read was drowned out by information that could have been condensed.

The book is narrated by Emma, her friend Jem and his younger sister Shell. Emma does have most of narration in the beginning but I think splitting it and having the other voices makes The Haunting more interesting.

Recommend it?

Maybe, I think it depends on what you are after in a horror read.

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