I wanted to read something scary for Halloween. I have read a lot of spooky books, but nothing actually scary. So on our way in from vacation I stopped and grabbed The Haunting of Ashburn House. It was everything that I wanted The Haunting of Hill House to be.
Ashburn House has been the talk of the town for years. The owner, Edith, wouldn’t allow visitors. The town talked from afar. After she passed, her niece, Adrienne, was her sole heir. Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to deny their existence at Ashburn House. As she learns more about the house she begins to believe that something has unfinished business.
My Thoughts on The Haunting of Ashburn House
The Haunting of Ashburn House is not for the squeamish. There are some very creepy scenes. It begins like a lot of ghost stories. The main character lost her job and Ashburn House is her only option. A few of her aunt’s creepy possessions linger. They set off the ominous feeling perfectly.
Then the tension begins to build. It starts a little slow, but then it picks up nicely. The deeper in the book I read the more unsettled I became.
Further into the book, the main character started making questionable choices. However, she acknowledged her dumb choices. I kind of enjoyed that. It made it a little less infuriating.
The mystery surrounding the original family was well thought out. I loved the way the author used newspaper articles, letters, and other documents to make her big reveals. I’ve always enjoyed it when an author does that.
By the ending I couldn’t put the book down. It was so fast-paced and terrifying, but I also needed answers. The conclusion was satisfying and quirky. The Haunting of Ashburn House was just what I needed to get into the Halloween mood.
My Rating: 5/5