Another wonderful book from Leslie Rule! This book has even more ghost stories not covered in her first book, Coast to Coast Ghosts. I love how Rule personally researches the stories and locations rather than rely on second-hand retellings. I also like how Rule has included info on the places that she writes about so that ghost hunters (like myself) can check out these places too!!!
Firsthand reports and photographs make this book very interesting for those interested in ghosts.
I almost didn't want to start reading this book after dark, but I needed something to get the adrenaline going so I wouldn't doze off too early only to wake up an hour later and then be up all night. This book wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, but it was definitely interesting enough to let me get a second wind. There was only really one story that gave me the chills, so it's a pretty tame book on ghost stories since the true-life stories like this one are usually a lot creepier for me than the fictional ones. The only thing I found annoying with the book was the forward by Anne Rule as a cheap marketing ploy to help sell her daughter's book.
I've even actually seen one of the places mentioned in the book, Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN, but have never actually been in it.
Don't read this at night. Seriously. Don't.
There aren't any ghosts in my house...that I'm aware of. There aren't any puppets or freaky baby dolls or anything like that. But when you read about them with the detail and realism that author Leslie Rule uses, you can't help but do a double-take at all your collector figures and toys. Reading thsi past 10 PM had me checking twice to make sure my Nickelback collector's drumsticks weren't going to fly across the room or my laptop wasn't going to turn on by itself. I did have my printer make processing noises in the middle of the night while I was tucked into bed, and that deprived me of what was left of my vitamin C, but that was before this book, so...never mind.
Leslie Rule visited supposedly haunted locations around the nation and, though she mostly bases the locales' history and haunting experiences on word of mouth, she had a few paranormal experiences of her own. No full-body apparitions or anything, but just enough to make you squirm.
As the book progresses, the ghosts and hauntings get more physically and emotional involved with the living, making the reader squirm quite a bit more. Seriously, how would you feel if you heard the sounds of silverware in a room where there was no silverware (courtesy of the ghosts at Hickory Grove Inn in Cooperstown, New York)? I'll bet you'd be leaving a big human-shaped hole in the door, too.
Rule takes after her mother, fellow author and serial killer expert Ann Rule, when it comes to detailing the murders and disappearances of suspected ghosts (or rather, their previous human forms). Her descriptions of the locations visited are intricate, and visuals of the lost souls appear vivid in one's mind. Though the book does not claim any personal angle, Rule does incorporate her own observations and experiences into the book, only adding to the mysteries.
Any fan of TV series Ghost Hunters will enjoy this read, as it covers several locations the T.A.P.S. team has visited, including the infamous Stanley Hotel. But if you're scared of any forces or spirits that may be lurking around your neighborhood, I'd save this book for the daytime.
This is the second ghost book I've read that was written by Leslie Rule. I have liked both of them.
Interesting book about ghosts at inns, restaurants, hotels, haunted toys, etc. Written in a rather chatty, informal style.
Had one experience myself!
If you love ghost stories, you'll love this book! This is a collection of true ghost stories. A fast read!
Good and interesting stories of how others can visit us event though they are dead
The author has a way of drawing you into the book with lots of detail and information that keeps you reading.
If you are into the paranormal these books are a must.Read one by her and after that i got the other 3 all in my collection.
interesting information with photos; would like to go visit a lot of these places
A good collection of ghost stories. Some are a short paragraph and other take up a two to three pages. Most are a little dry and lack a whole lot of background story. I did enjoy the pictures throughout the book.
lot's of quick shorts! fast to read bigger font.