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Ghost Stories

Phillip Goodman debunks acts of paranormal occurrences. He is contacted by his hero, the original debunker, Charles Cameron. But the weird thing is he has been missing. When Phillip meets with him, Charles has three files of people who have contacted him with their paranormal encounters. He can’t figure out how they can be proven fake and needs Phillip’s help. Phillip agrees and meets with the three different people and listens to their stories. But all isn’t as it seems. And Phillip begins to see a connection to his own life and trauma he has experienced.

This was not what I was expecting. It was good but some parts were a little slow moving. I did jump a couple of times. I liked how it all came together in the end. It keeps your interest and has just enough scary parts. Not Rated


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Campfire by Shawn Sarles

Maddie Davenport is sixteen and on a camping trip with her family, best friend, and their guide, Caleb. They have ridden horses to the campsite and are now setting up camp for the week. Maddie has a crush on the guide and decides to flirt with him, with the encouragement of her friend. After a total crash and burn, Maddie is humiliated and just wants to hide away. But the family gathers around the campfire telling ghost stories and Maddie wants to hear them.

But the next few days become a nightmare. The stories start coming true and the campers are being murdered. Now they have to work together to get back home. But everyone is suspicious of everyone else. Is the killer among them or someone they don’t know?

I really liked this book. It told the story that was happening now and also told some good ghost stories. It had an exciting twist at the end that I did not see coming!

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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

In the summer of 1977, the Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their biggest case yet by unmasking the Sleepy Lake monster. After seeing the perpetrator off to jail, it also turned out to be their last case, with the kids moving on to other things or moving away. Thirteen years later, all grown up but still unsettled by their night trapped in the old Deboen mansion, the three remaining members of the club are each haunted by the experience and dealing with it in their own way. Andy, the tomboy of the group, decides it’s time to put the the case to rest, once and for all. So, she hits the road to gather the group together and head back to their old home town. She collects Kerri (and Tim, Kerri’s Weimaraner), the club’s official nerd, who’s now living in New York, and deals with her demons by drinking too much, and together they head over to Arkham MA to collect Nate, who’s spending some time at the asylum, and Pete, who’s been dead for a few years and can only be seen by Nate. By returning to the scene of the crime, can they finally escape their nightmares?

There’s no van, but even driving a beat up old Pinto, this crew will more than remind you of the Scooby Doo gang, that is if the Scooby Doo gang grew up to be hard drinking, heavily tattooed, hard fighting adults who talk to dead people. Meddling Kids is a lot of fun though, and if you’re a fan of Stranger Things, or Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon, this is a great read.


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The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

It’s a beautiful summer day, and seven-year-old Wen is outside in the front yard catching grasshoppers. Her parents, Eric and Andrew, are relaxing out on the deck behind the cabin they’ve rented in a remote area of New Hampshire. A visitor approaches, walking up the long driveway. With a smile and a wave, Leonard introduces himself, and he is the biggest man that Wen has ever seen. But he seems friendly, and soon the two are chatting and playing like old friends. Shortly though, three other people come up the driveway, dressed like Leonard, and carrying odd things. Wen gets scared, and wants to go back into the house, but before she goes, Leonard gives her a warning: “None of what’s going to happen is your fault. You haven’t done anything wrong, but the three of you will have to make some tough decisions. I wish with all my broken heart you didn’t have to.”

So begins this incredibly tension filled tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Who ARE these people? Is the world really ending? Who sent them? Why here? Wait…what?! Tremblay manages to keep you off balance throughout the whole book, and while there might be a hint of the supernatural, reminds us that the real monsters out there are human.

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Makani Young has moved to Nebraska from Hawaii to live with her grandma. Her parents are essentially divorced and have shipped her there after a disastrous incident took place. Now a senior, Makani is just counting the days until graduation. She has two really close friends and a crush on the token loner guy, Ollie. Everything is going good until the first murder.

One by one students are being killed. Makani is almost one of the victims but is able to escape. She is able to give the police new clues, including that the killer is male and comes into the victim’s houses and gaslights them first and then comes back and kills them. Makani doesn’t want to sit around and wait for the killer to come back for her, so she enlists Ollie and together they try and figure out who the killer will target next. Will they be able to find the killer in time? Or will the next victim be someone close to them?

This book was so good. And it was so creepy. It really freaked me out. Especially the fact that someone is in your house, moving things around, just messing with you and then they kill you. Creepy!

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Swan Song by Robert McCammon

When tensions between the world powers boil over, the world is made into a complete wasteland when nuclear devices are deployed.  Sister, a New York city bag lady, finds an amazing piece of glass in the rubble that has strange and wonderful powers. Joshua, a wrestler on the pro circuit who happened to be stopped at a mid western country gas station when the bombs fall, comes to the aid of Swan, a young girl with special powers. As the survivors struggle to make their way in this bleak new landscape, they find themselves caught in the final battle between good and evil.

As a long time fan of Mr. McCammon’s books, I was overjoyed to see Swan Song on the top 100 list for The Great American Read. But I had never read it – maybe the sheer size of the book? I decided to make it one of my summer reads, and boy, am I glad I did! Honestly, this book has everything you want in a good story – relatable characters, fast pace, adventure, a mission, redemption, love – and so much more! Don’t let the page count scare you away from this book. Trust me, you’ll enjoy each and every one. Sorry, Mr. McCammon, for waiting so long to read your book. And thank you for writing it.

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Sarah Winchester’s (Helen Mirren) house has been under construction for years. Night and day construction crews are building and rebuilding parts of the house. She is 51% stockholder for the Winchester company and the board wants her deemed unfit. Enter Dr. Eric Price (Jason Clarke). He is to stay at the house with her and evaluate her condition. But he has his own demons and soon starts to see ghosts around the house. Are they real or has he gone crazy?

This was just okay for me. It was kind of boring. This is based on a true story and I would have liked to see more of the crazy house.  Rated PG-13