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Review – The Haunting of Bell Mansion by James Hunt

‘The sum of all her fears had accumulated into a single entity, and it was breathing down her neck.’

I will start by pointing out that this book is in fact part two of an ongoing story – it does work reasonably well as a stand alone but I suspect you will enjoy the whole thing more if you start with book 0 which you can find here. At the time of writing that one is free on Kindle from Amazon so you can try it for nothing which is always nice 🙂

Anyway, I came across book 1 and as I like a good old fashioned haunted house story, decided to give it a whirl. It starts out with a rather unexpected scene of violence which, I suspect, would have been less jarring had I read the prequel. It wasn’t long before I got what I came for however with a nicely paced story in which our heroine Sarah is pitted against the ageing matriarch of the Bell family who will do anything to protect her own against the terrible legacy that has claimed the lives and souls of the Bells for generations – including sacrificing Sarah.

The thing that stood out for me with this book was the author’s treatment of Iris Bell, the woman responsible for Sarah’s predicament. She is given a sympathetic aspect as she is not only frail and elderly, but only doing what is necessary to save her family – this gives her character a lot more depth and her story is told through nicely descriptive scenes from her past and present. That’s the magic that would keep me reading this series – if you want to try it for yourself, here’s where you can find book 1.

Karen is a full time artist living in Whitby (perfect location for a horror fan). Her own monsters have taken over to the point where they actually have their own closet space and so she takes refuge in books and films, some of which she’d like to share with you.