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Help for the Haunted by John Searles

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help for the hauntedPublished by William Morrow, September 2013 ****

Sylvie is in a tough spot (understatement!): not only have her demonologist parents been murdered, but she may be the only eye-witness. After accusing one man, she begins questioning what she really saw the night her parents were gunned down. So she revisits her own memories and tracks down others who may have insight into her parents’ unusual careers.

I liked Sylvie as a narrator because she was so intelligent, but her predicament also emphasizes how unreliable memory can be. It’s easy to doubt her, and everyone else involved seem untrustworthy in some aspects. I appreciated the amount of tension the narrative had; it wasn’t overtly scary but there was an intensity to the story. There weren’t scenes you might expect considering the premise – no exorcisms, no encounters with malevolent spirits. I felt the conclusion that revealed the true culprit was a bit of a cop-out, but I like the way it called into doubt Sylvie’s parents’ claims. The truth is a hard thing to reconcile and I enjoyed the way Sylvie took it upon herself to find answers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

One thought on “Help for the Haunted by John Searles

  1. Intense but not too scary is just the way I like my thrillers🙂

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