Published by Ink on December 21, 2012
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories
Source: Owned Audible Book
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. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who 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. To escape, Jess and the others must open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that seeks to hold them in.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
This was a 3 star read until it scared the crap out of me. It reads like a YA/NA cross between The Haunting of Hill House and Stephen King’s miniseries Rose Red. I listened to the audiobook, and maybe it was the dark and windy drive home from the movies one night, or the fact that the song Three Blind Mice now has the power to bring me to terrified tears, but I was definitely freaked the hell out. Even now, just reading over my review reminds me of how scared I was while listening to this book.
The scene that scared me the most and will haunt me when I’m old and lying in my hospital bed, listening to the hiss of the billion machines that are keeping me breathing, was when the girls show Alison what Riley did in the woods. I wrote in my notes that the book had taken a turn from mildly upsetting to straight up Dahmer Town. It was one of those times that I really question why the hell I like horror when it scares me so much. It’s the only way in which I am a sadomasochist, I can’t help it.
The narrator, Tavia Gilbert, was good but her take on Alison’s voice was sometimes annoying, and sometimes creepy as hell… so in other words it worked well for this book. I would listen to her again and she’s done a lot of pnr narrations, so I’m sure I will!