My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Series: The Haunting #1
Rating: 3 stars
Not all houses are made of brick and stone… Robert Watts is having the worst day of his entire life: first he’s laid off, then he finds out that his wife is having an affair… with his boss no less. And that’s only the beginning.
Before the month is out, Robert finds himself alone to raise his daughter with no money, no job, and a house that is minutes from being repossessed. Just when he hits rock bottom, a strange visitor arrives at the doorstep of his soon to be foreclosed house with a letter from an Aunt he didn’t know existed.
The offer is simple: look after Aunt Ruth during her dying days, and in return Robert will be bequeathed the Harlop Estate in which she currently resides. It’s no brainer and Robert jumps at the opportunity, equally motivated by the prospect of financial security as he is for a fresh start.
Problem is, it only takes a few nights in the Harlop Estate before he begins to question Aunt Ruth’s claims that they are the home’s only inhabitants…
It’s the scratching he hears during the night, the voices that he can barely make out over the constant rain, and then there’s the girl with the rat…
With their house foreclosed and their bank accounts liquidated, Robert and his daughter Amy desperately need a place to live. But the question Robert soon finds himself struggling with is whether living in the Harlop Estate is worth it… and if he can survive until Aunt Ruth passes to collect his inheritance.
Shallow Graves is the first book in the Haunted Series, chilling, gruesome, and truly haunting tales with a twist that you will never see coming.
Sorry guys but I have to put this warning: Spoiler Alert!!!!
Lately I have been in the mood for a good horror story. What truly scares me is ghosts, apparitions, demons, demon possessions, ect. I really do love reading and watching shows/movies about stuff like this. A haunted house is even better. While going through my book bub deal I saw this and decided to go ahead and give Mr. Logan a try. The first couple pages made me not regret picking this up.
Now it is hard for me fully hate a character to wish death upon them easily. But with Wendy, Robert’s wife, ugh she made my blood curl. She doesn’t play a big part. She is in a couple chapters and that’s it, during those chapters though she does one thing that makes me so mad that I do wish she has a slow death. (Unfortunately no.) Actually scratch that she does two things that makes me mad. 1. Takes her daughter to the home of the man she is cheating on her husband with. 2. The T.V. doesn’t work and it is raining outside so the little girl doesn’t have anything to do while mommy is busy. Guess what mommy does. Instead of being faithfully wife and a caring mother, she tells her daughter to walk home in the rain (that is down pouring) which is twenty minutes from this man’s house so she can continue to have sex with this man. The little girl not wanting to disobey her mother goes out in the rain and walks home. I’m sorry but because of that THE BITCH NEEDED TO DIE!!!
It takes a lot for me to root for someone’s death. But for Wendy Watts it was very easy. I got my wish a few more pages in.
When a mysterious stranger shows up to give Robert a letter from an “aunt” who needs his help a few days later he doesn’t know what to think. He’s never heard of this aunt but he is in a major money crisis situation. So he packs a few things and takes his daughter to this “aunt” in the middle of nowhere. The Harlop Estate gives off a vibe. Robert feels like he should take his daughter and head back but he doesn’t. Instead he continues on to help the old woman who is claiming they are relations.
On the first night, Robert wakes to find Amy missing. He looks for her everywhere. He ends up in the kitchen when he hears scratching noises coming from a door that Aunt Ruth said under no circumstances was he to open. But he comes to the door open. He goes downstairs to a basement when he sees a little girl around Amy’s age holding a dead rat. After this much goes down in the estate.
I really didn’t have much of a scare effect. I tend to like books that build up the scare. While this was only 242 pages it didn’t build up. It seemed the ghosts and voices just start to happen then all of the sudden something big happens. Then the end. It wasn’t really satisfying to my scare tooth. The writing was great but I just wasn’t scared. I need a good ghost story. The one that makes me want to sleep with a light on.
I will continue on with the series but just not for the scare aspect.