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Book Review of A Winter Haunting (Summer of Night, Bk 2)

A Winter Haunting (Summer of Night, Bk 2)
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I didn't realize that this is a sequel to Simmons' "Summer of Night." It probably would have been better to read "Night" before "Winter Haunting" but, nonetheless, I found this one to be enjoyable and a great psychological ghost story. I have a copy of "Summer of Night" that I intend to read soon. Many events from it were referred to in "Haunting" but this did not detract from the story. Simmons did a great job of building the suspense when Dale Stewart goes back to his childhood town to spend 9 months in the abandoned farmhouse of his childhood friend who was killed when he was a boy in 1960. These events obviously have haunted Stewart throughout his life. When he returns to his boyhood town, he meets some of the people who he knew as a child including the sheriff who was the town bully and a Hollywood actress who was the young vixen of his youth. But is all as it seems to be? Well not really... I don't want to spoil this for anyone so I won't give away anything -- overall, a great ghost story that I would recommend. There are also references in the novel to Henry James' story "The Jolly Corner" which I also need to now read.

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