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Haunted [Mass Market Paperback]

Tamara Thorne
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Sept. 1 2004
Best-selling author David Masters moves himself and his sixteen-year-old daughter, Amber, to Baudey House, an infamous Victorian mansion, in an effort to gain inspiration for his next book. Original.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No poodles were harmed during this story June 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading Haunted by Tamara Thorne. A horror writer and his daughter move into a (you guessed it!) haunted house on the California coast. The writer believes that the house will inspire him for his new book. Well, yeah, I guess it does. The house is haunted by an evil teenaged voodoo priestess prostitute (trust me, it works) who murdered a bunch of people and trapped their souls in a bunch of weird little anatomically-correct dolls that she made to look like her victims before she herself was murdered in 1915. Just to make things even more fun, her spirit can influence living people and possess some of them, and her presence is accompanied by the strong odors of jasmine and rotting flesh. Yay?
This book was a great ride and hard to put down. The characters were vivid and the story well-told. I love the way Tamara Thorne's mind works. She is one sick puppy with a weird sense of humor. Cool. Though it is a very real possibility that I will never wear jasmine again. Or rotting flesh, but that is another story entirely..... No poodles were harmed in this one (unlike her novel Bad Things) --- just real estate agents. And sailors. And some hippies. No poodles though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Highly Entertaining Read Feb. 29 2004
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It's common knowledge that Baudy House is haunted, haunted by the ghost of Christabelle. Once a house of ill-repute it was the scene of two mass murders. Locals shun the place, but it is exactly what author David Masters is looking for to help inspire him to write his next big horror novel. Despite dire warnings about the house he moves to Baudy House with his reluctant daughter Amber. Almost immediately strange things begin to happen. Strange cold spots appear suddenly that threaten to envelope and suffocate both David and Amber. Christabelle also makes her prescence known with the sultry scent of jasmine, followed quickly by the rot of decay, and comes to taunt David in his dreams.
Christabelle has an unholy plan to resurrect herself and it is up to David and his friends to stop her, with a little help from the ghost of Christabelle's mother.
*******REVIEW: I loved this book. It really sucked me in and I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning just to finish this book. I found it very entertaining and eery. The voodoo aspect was a nice touch. Can't wait to read more of Ms. Thorne's books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Right there with Bad Things. Aug. 11 2003
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Tamara Thorne, Haunted (Pinnacle, 1995)
I'm crazy about Tamara Thorne. It's refreshing (to say the least) to find a writer of good old-fashioned haunted house novels these days; this is probably the first (aside from Thorne's own Bad Things) I've come across, chronologically, since Paula Trachtman published Disturb Not the Dream some twenty years ago, that doesn't have some sort of post-atomic ecological message to shove in my face or some sort of hardboiled-mystery natural explanation. (We'll conveniently overlook Barbara Michaels. After all, she writes romances, delicious as they are, not horror novels.) And that, alone, is enough reason for me to automatically slap above-average status on Miz Thorne's every word.
The only problem, really, and I will be the first to say this may be my fault for reading two of Thorne's novels so close together, is that the words seem remarkably similar between Haunted and Bad Things. We have a single (male) parent moving to California with child(ren) who are sure (we know, as the author winks at us) to be placed in the path of great danger, though the parent doesn't know this. There's a friend at home who, at a moment of crisis, must come out to assist with everything, and the child(ren) has/ve an obsession with taking the car and the Visa card into town (because, of course, we're out in the middle of nowhere). The ghosties, ghoulies, and long-leggetie beasties can't be seen by the rest of us most of the time, but they materialize in order to convince the townsfolk they do exist, thanks to some mechanism that forces them farther into our reality. Etc.
Formula? Absolutely. It's switch-the-characters as much as Barbara Cartland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When You Do That Voodoo That You Do So Well! June 30 2002
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Bestselling horror writer/amateur parapsychologist David Masters and his teenage daughter, Amber, move for the summer into California's notorious "Body House," the site of two horrendous massacres and the occasional odd death over the past eighty years. Masters is setting his latest novel in such a place, and wants the atmosphere of the infamous house for inspiration and publicity.
The gossipy locals consider him a fool, and after a while he has to wonder if they're right - the house is haunted by its owner, Lizzie Baudey, a turn of the century madame, and her evil daughter Christabel, who was raised in absentia by a voodoo priest who taught her the black arts. Lizzie's former lover, a sea captain, also wanders about the deserted lighthouse at odd hours, minus his head.
Things start out well enough, with only the occasional bothersome cold spot around, but then Amber finds two of Christabel's legendary missing dolls, and all hell starts breaking loose...
Another well-written winner by the inexplicably all-but-unknown Ms. Thorne, which benefits most from her usual sympathetic and enjoyable characters. Its only real problem is the precise nature of the haunting, which now and then is a little confusing, and a bit of a slow start. But the suspense is steady, the horror pretty gory, and the finale scary and exciting. Haunted is not a classic in the sense of Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Matheson's Hell House or King's The Shining, but that's only because of its more formulaically dramatic streamlining. It is, however, only about one rung beneath those famous pieces, and certainly will satisfy ghost story or haunted house lovers.
Thorne is an author to watch.
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Published on Sept. 6 2003 by T. L. Chrismer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome horror story!!!
This is an awesome book. Next to The Shining, this is my next favorite horror novel. I couldn't put it down!! Tamara Thorne has earned a new customer. Read more
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