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Book Review - The Haunting of Leigh Harker by Darcy Coates
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Sometimes the dead reach back…
Leigh Harker’s quiet suburban home was her sanctuary for more than a decade, until things abruptly changed.
Curtains open by themselves.
Radios turn off and on.
And a dark figure looms in the shadows of her bedroom door at night, watching her, waiting for her to finally let down her guard enough to fall asleep.
Pushed to her limits but unwilling to abandon her home, Leigh struggles to find answers.
But each step forces her towards something more terrifying than she ever imagined.
A poisonous shadow seeps from the locked door beneath the stairs.
The handle rattles through the night and fingernails scratch at the wood.
Her home harbours dangerous secrets, and now that Leigh is trapped within its walls, she fears she may never escape.
Do you think you’re safe?
What was it all about
As the title suggested, it was truly the haunting of Leigh Harker in her own home. The book then evolved into a series of secrets where each overturned what I already knew about the story. A horror it was which soon became the thriller with a murder mystery and a missing child trope. One of my favorites.
How it made me feel
My first experience with author Darcy Coates, though I found quite a few books on her author page in the same genre. No idea how I missed reading her books.
I loved the thrill in the story with mystery enveloping the air around me. My heart didn’t pound in fear, but I had a jolly good time trying to decipher what Leigh was dealing with and from which realm the being was.
The mid-section was quite adrenaline filled so I found that to be roller-coaster of a mystery.
The story had a good mix of thrill with horror dispersed into the ambiance around the protagonist. I loved how the author popped up a good shocker right after the first few pages. It did cause a gasp to fly out. A good move to pull the interest of the reader.
With multiple tropes, the book managed to balance it out and give equal importance to all sections.
A slow beginning, the first few chapters had descriptive writing of horrifying details of what Leigh was going through. But they didn’t scare me. The words chosen could have had more vivid imagery. Sometimes writing a little less and allowing my imagination to fill the rest would have made it a true horror.
The mid-section was good but the ending didn’t live up to it. I felt quite deflated; maybe the tropes had heightened my expectations from the author.
Nonetheless, the book was addictive and haunting, where the story twisted on itself after th first few chapters to make it an enjoyable read
Publication Date: October 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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