Published by Silver Shamrock Publishing (20th July 2021)
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Three friends from college who are enthusiastic ghost hunters travel across the New England country side searching for the next haunted house they can investigate. Eventually their long journey sees them landing in Slattery Falls, a small old town that lives in fear in the shadow of one of it’s most esteemed properties – The Week’s House. The house sits empty, at least, that’s what the townsfolk say, but once the three friends find themselves within it’s walls they realise how wrong the townsfolk are. Soon the hunters become the hunted, an evil lurks within the Weeks house that refuses to give up it’s grip. Will this case turn out to be the last one? And if so, will they make it out alive?
I picked up this super short read as it was chosen as one of the monthly reads for a horror group that I’m in on Goodreads. Because it was short, I figured why the hell not, and boy am I glad that I did! I’m always on the lookout for good horror, no matter the length, and this one did not disappoint, don’t let it’s small size fool you, it definitely packs a punch.
We first meet two of the three friends when they start investigating haunted houses in college, soon the two becomes three and ghost hunting becomes their thing. Once we’re given a brief rundown on where the whole story began, we leap forward around 10 odd years to the three friends as adults. Having not hunted for a while, two are surprised when the third calls claiming possible answers to an incident that happened all those years ago. Unable to let sleeping dogs lie, the agree to one last hunt, what they don’t expect is the gravity of what this means.
This is a classic style haunted house and it is done brilliantly. LaFaro uses the terror of the unseen and the building of such strong atmosphere to unsettle the reader in a master stroke, if I do say so myself. I was reading this book at night, in bed, and I regretted that choice terribly. It sent chills up my spine and creeped me out so successfully I thought I was bound to have bad dreams.
His ability to endear the three characters to the reader in such a short page count absolutely astounded me. From the get go I just knew that I cared about these characters and their plight, and worried for their safety on their exhibitions. Being able to make characters deep enough and real enough to make me care about them in such a short amount of story always impresses me and shows me just how adept the author is at their craft.
This story was so well thought out an executed that I honestly don’t know what else to say. LaFaro’s ability to create an atmosphere that left the reader feeling claustrophobic and isolated, and really put them into the characters shoes is up there with some of the best horror I have read. The way the author tied the story together and sewed in all those loose little threads was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
I cannot recommend this short story enough. If you love haunted house horror definitely give this one a go, it will not disappoint.
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