Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Haunted by Eileen Maksym

Tara Martin - exceptionally accomplished neurobiology major with a troubled past. Steven Trent - confident political science major with an irresistible attraction to Tara. Paul Stratton - history major who is able to hear spirits. Together, they make up the Society for Paranormal Researchers at their prestigious New England University. When they're not in class or writing papers, the three friends are chasing their passion....ghosts. When the group learns of a local retired couple trying to sell a house they claim is haunted, they decide to investigate. As the clues unfold, a familiar spirit interrupts their investigation and Tara finds her life in danger. Can her friends save her before it's too late?

Everyone once in a while, I like a good thriller that will give me goosebumps.  I don't like the gore that usually goes with horror though.  Fortunately for me Eileen Maksym was able to combine those elements, along with wit and likeable characters in Haunted.

Three friends who are paranormal researchers who can't resist when they read about a haunted house in a newspaper.  Of course they rush to investigate,  and they do have a lot going for them.  Not only do they have state of the art equipment, but Paul can hear ghosts.  Tara isn't squeamish at all, either.  She gets right into the thick of things, much to Steven's chagrin, who has a crush on her.

Things really get creepy and I had chills, but there wasn't any gore.  Light-hearted dialogue and scenes were expertly inserted to lighten up some of the darkness. Well-written,  keep the lights on all night plot and relatable characters all blend together perfectly in this chilling paranormal.  Highly recommend!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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