Published on December 21, 2012
Genres: Ghosts, Horror, New Adult, Paranormal
Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.
The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.
“It was like spring break, only for paranormal freaks.”
Jess Perry sees ghosts. Well, at least she used to and she wants to again. Unlike most people who might have a breakdown if they saw a ghost, she nearly had a breakdown when she stopped seeing them. Desperate to connect to her dad and grams that passed away and to prove to her overprotective mother that she isn’t crazy, she signs up for a paid experiment at the infamous Siler House. Jess soon meets Allison, Bryan, and Gage, all about her age (entering college) who have had experiences with paranormal activity in the past.
“Let me get this straight,” Gage said. “We all know we’ve been brought here as part of a study on the paranormal. Jess communicates with the dead. Allison has demons on speed dial. My buddy Bryan here sends stuff to the Twilight Zone without return postage. And I’ve got a knack for making my own zombie zoo theme park. Fun times. To add to all this fun, we’re actually sitting here talking about how we feel about a house?”
It doesn’t take long for the house to live up to its reputation. There is a lot of history and evil still residing in the Siler House. Twin girls were murdered there over one hundred years ago and with the abilities these four teens possess, it’s a recipe for some freaky, creepy moments. Not only are there spooky, ghostly moments, but there is also this mysterious quality the book with the regular “human” characters. You never know who you can trust and who might be compromised.
“It’s rumored that Siler House has a way of getting to people,” Dr. Brandt explained. “Supposedly, those who stay here for too long…change.”
This was my first time reading a stand alone “horror” book and I was pleasantly surprised that I could handle it. I’ve been known to mute or change channels when a commercial for a scary movie comes on, so needless to say, I was nervous! I loved this quote, it really sums up how childish I am when it comes to scary stuff. This described my mindset to a T!
“You think [it’s] going to follow all those baby-game monster rules you had when you were a kid? That if we don’t stick a leg or arm out of the covers the monster under the bed has some code of ethics where they won’t eat us alive? I’ve got news for you, guys…”
Yup, uh huh, pretty much what helps me sleep at night! LOLThe most frightening parts for me were just the moments leading up to something, that suspense and anticipation. Except one part that still makes me cringe just thinking about it! (view spoiler)Once things start being revealed and I got used to the vibe of the story, I started to just enjoy the characters and sink into it.
What I really liked about this was that there was a nice balance.The Haunting Season is complete with the haunted house, ghosts, demons, ouija board craziness, and creepy characters. Then to top it all off there’s a little romance in there too, which I really appreciated. The romance junkie in me loved the flirty, little sexy moments between the characters. It has a great voice, the dialogue was fun and witty, and the writing had an effortless flow to it. I loved the dynamic between everyone and I was really rooting for all of them by the end. Overall, I enjoyed this book once I got over my initial anxiety. I’m definitely going to check out Michelle Muto’s other work because I really loved her writing style.