I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Siren and The Specter by Jonathan Janz
Published by Flame Tree Press on September 6, 2018
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When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Here is what I thought
I have been looking for a good haunted house story and I found one! The Siren and the Specter was fast paced and full of lots of spooky action!
David has made a living on being a skeptic when it comes to the paranormal. He has debunked several haunted houses and wrote books based on them. His old friend from college invites him to come and spend a month at the Alexander House, it’s a place that him and his wife bought. It is supposed to be one of the most haunted houses in Virginia.
David goes into this like any other haunted house, he figures he will stay there and write a book. He knows what Kathyrn, Chris’s wife wants from him, she wants a great book about a haunted house so it could attract people but he won’t write something he doesn’t believe in. Though on his first night there he experiences something he cannot explain though he writes it off as too much to drink or not enough sleep.
The longer he is there and the more he gets to know those around him the stranger things become. Strange things happen in the house that he can’t fathom but he refuses to believe in the paranormal yet he is afraid to sleep in the house.
His neighbors are very strange and he feels bad for the two little kids that live with them. It’s that part of the story line that I hated the most because it was just so skivvy and gross. It was a little over the top but it does go with the storyline of the house and the land surrounding it.
David drove me crazy a few times with his quest to not believe anything he was seeing but at the same time I was rooting for him to figure things out.
I feel like this is a book that I can’t talk a lot about as it’s best to just discover all the coolness for yourself. There is a lot of evil in that house and it made for a very action packed fast paced haunted house story and I enjoyed it immensely.
I would recommend this one for anyone who loves a good haunted house story!