I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Haunted House Diaries by William J. Hall
Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Published by New Page Books, Tantor Audio on May 10th, 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Callie Beaulieu
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Nestled deep in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, a 1790 farmhouse sits near the epicenter of a paranormal commotion. The family that resides there regularly encounters its own ancestors and strangers—human and ?non-human—who seemingly occupy the same physical space in our world while remaining in their own, parallel worlds. When famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, they dubbed it “Ghost Central.”
Here’s your chance to unlock and experience the private diary of farmhouse resident Donna Fillie. This amazing record spans five decades and recounts a parade of uncanny occurrences, including:Notes from old friends who insist they didn’t deliver themA grandson playing with an invisible—but very real—friendDonna awakening to phenomena at precisely 12:42 a.m., an eerie correspondence to her house number, 1242
This compelling work includes many other unexplainable details of a wide variety of phenomena that frequently occur in this otherwise normal area of Connecticut, which may also be the site of a secret military base.
After reading The Haunted House Diaries, you will undoubtedly wonder: Are our assumptions about the paranormal all wrong?
What I thought of this book.
So this is supposed to be the true accounts of strange phenomenon that seems to happen in a Connecticut town. Besides maybe the diary of Donna a lot of the other seems to be a bit more like speculation.
This started out being the diary accounts of a woman who has lived in a haunted house all her life. It belonged to her parents, then she and her husband lived there and then her daughter and her family lived in a part of it. Though it seems that more than just this house in this town have things going on in their house.
The accounts that Donna recalls in her diary would be enough to make most people move out of the house so it amazes me that they stayed there. It didn’t seem like anything in the house really wanted to hurt them, if anything they were helpful but a bit mischievous. Though it does seem that closer to present day some things got a bit meaner. Something knocked Donna off her porch and she broke her ankle. The Warrens called it “Ghost Central”.
Then in another part of this novel, it takes a different turn. It seems that maybe some speculate that some of this stuff might happen because they are living near a secret military base. This is when we find out that there are a lot more hauntings in Connecticut than just Donna’s house. That a lot of her neighbors have the same problems. I did look up hauntings in Connecticut and it does seem to be a state with a lot of haunted places…lol.
The last part it seems that the author explains his take on paranormal things and ghost as well as Donna’s take on things. It seems he is more or less trying to explain how things that happened in the house was probably just their imagination, etc. It also talked about an investigator who went into the house and what he thought. This part of the book was a little boring to me at times.
Overall, it’s a novel about some freaky things and it’s up to you to decide what you think about things. I am sort of one of those that really needs to see a ghost for me to believe in one…lol. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a good ghost story because I do, hauntings are some of my favorite things to read about. I love watching Ghost Hunters and other shows. 🙂
I thought it was an interesting book and it does make you think about things. It’s not scary but at times kind of freaky and overall just informative.
If you like books based on true hauntings then you might enjoy this one.
I like Callie Beaulieu as she narrates one of my favorite cozy series but this was my first time listening to Barry Press. He was a good narrator and I enjoyed his voice.