Stillwell. Finished 4-8-15, rating 3/5, horror, 232 pages, pub. 2013
Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.
Paul is a mess after his childhood sweetheart and mother of his three young children wastes away from cancer right in front of him. His once successful realtor business has all but dried up along with the family’s savings. He is lucky to be surrounded by loving family who are willing to pitch in and help with cooking and homework. When an old family friend gives him the opportunity to sell his $20m mansion Paul knows he desperately needs the sale. Only the house is haunted and the scene of a murder-suicide or two and everyone knows it. When a demon starts visiting his dreams, Paul knows he is going mad.
This is more paranormal than true horror, in my opinion, and that’s not a bad thing. I liked Paul’s family and friend from work, who had been covering for him during his wife’s illness. The evil, dark manor was par for the course and the ghosts were spooky. I wish it had been a little longer and had more of everything. It was a super quick and enjoyable read.
Red Feather Productions sent me TWO copies of this book and I’d love to pass it on to one of you. First one who tells me they want it in the comments will get their very own copy 🙂