Book Review – The Waiting by Hunter Shea

21 04 2014

ImageThe Waiting

By Hunter Shea

Samhain Horror

Available Now

Are you the kind of person who jumps at every creak in your house? Do you have nightmares about your home being haunted? If you do, then you might want to read The Waiting by Hunter Shea in the daylight.

On Brian and Cassandra’s wedding day, the unimaginable happens. Brian is forced to watch helplessly as his new bride collapses and is hospitalized with an intestinal rupture. Brian takes his wife to their home and cares for her himself, with the help of his mother-in-law and a visiting nurse. Although her doctors say her brain is working properly, Cassandra is trapped in a state between life and death — unconscious most of the time and unable to communicate.

Soon, items start be moved around the house and Brian and his mother-in-law start seeing a mysterious boy appearing out of nowhere, running silently down the hallway and standing next to Cassie’s bed. The mystery drives Brian to the breaking point, afraid to be in his own home and afraid for his wife’s safety.

As a rare hurricane slams New York City, The Waiting reaches its climax, and apparent conclusion. That is until the final chapter jumps forward one year and totally shocked me with its terrifying revelation.

I love ghost stories. When I was younger, I was terrified of ghost stories and things that go bump in the night. Now, I am just very intrigued by them. A well-told ghost story can draw you in and pull you along down its dark, spooky hallway before jolting you with its terrifying conclusion. Shea definitely knows how to tell a spooky story.

The Waiting is a quick read, but Shea still is able to develop the characters and make you care about them. He slowly and gently builds the suspense and carefully unpeels the layers of terror. You’ll be jumping at every little creak in your house after you read this novella.

The most terrifying part is that the story is based on actual events from Shea’s life. I have heard the real-life stories of what Shea and his family have encountered in their home and I don’t think I would ever be able to get a good night’s sleep in my house if I had experienced those things.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give The Waiting a 4.5

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Waiting, Shea is giving away a signed copy of his novel Sinister Entity and 5 ebooks ( 1 copy of each of his novels). So there will be 6 winners in all from the tour-wide giveaway. The giveaway ends at midnight on April 28 so enter now. To enter, just click on this link for details. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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