Author: Michael Phillip Cash Release Date: 2013 Series: None Genre: Horror | Paranormal | Suspense Edition: Kindle (.mobi) Pages: 137 Publisher: Red Feather Publishing Source: NetGalley Buy it here: Amazon
Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.
This book has a really unique plot-line and I enjoyed it pretty well. It was a mild read but at times it really gave me the creeps. The concept was really good but I feel that the story could have a little ore better towards the end. Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent suspense or horror read.
Though I felt that despite of having a great start to the book, the ending was a little week.
It took a few chapters to establish a connection with the protagonist, Paul, but once it was done, I was able to enjoy the book without any difficulty. I really felt sorry for the situation he was in – dead wife and three children to care of and then dead wife coming back to ask for help. The other characters were also good but I wasn’t able to connection with anyone else.
There was no romance as the lead’s wife dies, but there was a whole book full of love. It was really sweet to read a horror story which was completely driven by only one main emotion – love.
The author did justice to the theme.
I’d like to commend the author on the simplicity of the book. The writing was simple yet relatable and I’d like to read more books by the author.
The beginning of the book was probably the best part as it drew me right in. I was able to get the feel of the whole situation and could clearly see where the story was going.
The ending, for me, was a bit confusing and week. I felt that with such a great concept the author should have really pulled it off with a great ending (connecting the dots and all) but to my disappointment the story felt quite rushed at the end.
I like the cover art and it compliments the theme of the book perfectly.
The blurb is quite good and summarises the story perfectly well.
You canals read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.
Opening Line: Paul turned from the dark window, twitching the drapes back in place.
Highlights: Beginning of the plot.
Final Thoughts: A decent read.
Heena Rathore P.
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2 thoughts on “Novella Review: Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island”
Nice review hun and I love the civer art ♡
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Thanks, dear. Me too. It’s a nice and light read. 🙂
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