Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes
Read: January 2017
West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
This story was one I started early in the morning, in an effort to make cleaning my dark basement more enjoyable. This book was ridiculously creepy and I loved the tale as it took place in the past and in the present, the central force being an old book about the dead.
This is the kind of horror that I love to read, nothing with lots of blood and gore, but one of those slow paranormal and psychological burns that just creeps under my skin, making it hard to sleep at night. At first, I wasn’t sure I could get into the story but after a few chapters I was hooked and just had to keep listening.
The book blends the past and present perfectly and is very reminiscent of Pet Semetary — horrifying and creepy, and an ultimate reminder of why the dead is probably left buried.
Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur are amazing at this narration. This book is super creepy and atmospheric and their readings really help get that across. The benefit of having the physical book for this one is that you can look ahead when things might not be going in the direction you want it to — the problem with this book is that while it’s good, the first part just drags a bit and it doesn’t come across as a story that will compel you to just sit and listen because you have to. It’s not quite the page turner in the beginning and with the audiobook, you can’t really “flip ahead” to see what might be in the next chapter. However, please persevere and listen because the narration is really great and the book super spooky and perfect for Halloween!