It starts out slow but gains momentum. It's definitely wierd.
This is the third novel about the haunted mansion Harrows and it really has some highlights that got me.
The first half of the book is an outstanding example for introducing the main characters, look into their life and why they were choosen to play their part in their book.
The plot reminds me of Shirley Jackso`s "Haunting of Hill House":
In the name of a psychic organization three persons with special abilities are invited (for money) to live in Harrow, to try to catch up if and whatÂ´s going on there.
Unfortunately in the end, when the book should be at itÂ´s top, it lacks the scary excitement one expected.
Nevertheless itÂ´s a good read, far better than "Mischief".
What I was expecting from the book and what I got from it were two different things. Most of the book is not a ripping tale of a group of strangers staying in a haunted house. Instead, the majority of the book tells the story, brief sketches, really, of several of the main characters' pasts. Only in the last handful of chapters does their stay in the 'haunted house' actually occur. The book was still entertaining, because several of the characters were very likable, and I couldn't help rooting for them. More of a character study than a book about a hounted house.
Haunted mansion became a school. Now it is empty. An obsessed woman wants to bring it back to life; a ghost hunter wants to find out what is in it. Totether they gather people they believe can get to the heart of the haunting. This is a very scary read!
This is part of the Harrow House trilogy by Douglas Clegg. I read them in order, straight through. My over all impression was... meh. Slow in places, completely extraneous in places, and a thoroughly expected and disappointing end to the series.
Much longer than it has a right to be -- first 150 pages are skippable or skimmable: they tell the back story for the three participants with PSI powers who spend some time in Harrow. Once they arrive at the house interest picks up, at least until hell, or something, breaks loose. Then it's all nonsense. Read Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" instead.
I have seen the future of Horror, and it is Douglas Clegg . . .