Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{Book Review} The Ghost in the Coal Cellar: True Case Files from a Lone Investigator by Andrea Mesich

The Ghost in the Coal Cellar: True Case Files from a Lone Investigator
by Andrea Mesich
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Released: August 8th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal Investigation, Ghosts, Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

This unique guide takes the reader along on real paranormal investigations into several haunted locations, including Mission Point Resort, the Paulding Lights, the First Ward School House, and individual homes. Author and paranormal investigator Andrea Mesich presents the details of each investigation from start to finish. She describes the ghosts or entities involved, offers colorful historical details about each haunted place or object, and shares both eyewitness accounts and her own personal insights into the paranormal occurrences. Readers will learn about different types of hauntings and how to identify them.

The author also addresses some of the paranormal world's most misunderstood topics and frequently asked questions, such as why hauntings seem to happen mostly at night, how to distinguish a true EVP from a natural sound, and whether or not using a Ouija Board is dangerous.

Review: This book is extremely informative. If you're interested in ghost hunting or the paranormal thing this is the book for you. Ms Mesich states up front this is not a book to give you chills, although I have to admit the stories from the First Ward School House were a bit freaky, this is about her experiences and facts. Looking at haunting scientifically and figuring out whats going on.
I only had three complaints about this book, one was the name dropping. I really didn't like that she pointed out that she had met the guys from Ghost Hunters or went on an investigation with the Ben Hansen from Fact or Faked. This didn't impress me, and felt like she picked these stories because of that not because they were the best ones. Two I would have liked there to be more investigations, there were only three real investigations focused on. Finally I wish Ms Mesich hadn't spent so much time on the Paulding Lights. I didn't find this interesting in the least, but this is a personal complaint not so much about the book itself. 
I really enjoyed the Mission Point Resort, and the First Ward School House investigations. I liked how they were broken down into background, investigation and findings. I really liked how Ms Mesich stated the facts not just her opinion of what was going on. She gave the reader all the findings and personal experiences so that we could come to our own decisions.
Over all the insight and factual aspects of this book are very well done. I did enjoy most of the reported investigations and feel if your into the paranormal this is a good book to check out.

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