by Maralee Lowder
Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing
Released: October 1st 2012
Genre:Fiction- Adult: Horror, thriller, paranormal
How I got: Received a copy from the author via Bewitching Book Tours
Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician's wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets. With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will. “I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn't spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels 'The Wedding Gift' and 'Family Matters'.
Review: This was not what I expected! While completely riveting and enthralling I was not, prepared for what this book held. When I requested to review this book, I was expecting a ghost story. It's not. This is a very inspiring although upsetting and at time disturbing tale of a woman, placed into her own prison. The... I hesitate to call her a main character as Emily is more of a narrator. A way for Ada who I felt was the real star of the book tell her story. Emily has her own tale and it does take up most the first part of the book, but in my opinion the book doesn't really get rolling until she returns to Dunsmuir as an adult.
The entire book is an emotional roll-a-coaster. Ms Lowder seemed to know just the right moment when to add a dip dragging me deeper into the plot. I liked the paranormal under current, it pops up a few times yet doesn't overwhelm the story. I was so entranced with Ada's story I didn't even want to stop reading to make dinner, because I was so close to the end. I was not impressed with the ending. I didn't feel there really was any closure for Emily or the reader either really. It just sort of stops and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Up until that moment I was loving the book. But felt jipped when I got to the end, I just keep hitting the button hoping my ereader was messing up. Nope that was it. Sigh, I really liked this book.