written by Michael Phillip Cash
published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I had the same problem I did with the last of Cash’s books I reviewed (find my thoughts on Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island HERE). It’s not quite “real” enough for a true-to-life horror story, but it’s not far enough removed from reality to warrant the level of paranormal activity it contains. Seeing the ghosts from their side of the world helped immensely, but I’m still not quite sure what I’m supposed to think. Is this an alternate reality where spirits and ghosts are infinitely more active than they are in our current realm, or am I supposed to believe that this level of activity is commonplace in (if you’ll humor me) real life haunted houses? I guess I’ve just seen too many ghost hunter shows to buy into the latter, and there wasn’t enough evidence in the book to help me latch on to the former.
. . . Maybe I’m just not the right audience for this sort of thing. Maybe I’ve watched too many ghost hunter shows to suspend my disbelief. Maybe I see my own ghosts and know it doesn’t happen like this AT ALL. Maybe . . . hmm . . . maybe I just need to spend more time in haunted houses . . .
Would I recommend it: If you’re interested in a light-hearted take on the paranormal, go for it. But, if you’re a serious paranormal enthusiast I’d give it a pass.
About the book – from Goodreads: Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?