Haunted Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 2004
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
When best selling horror novelist, David Masters, together with his sixteen year old daughter, Amber, move into Baudey House, a Victorian mansion with a violent and sordid past, it... Read morePublished on May 4 2008 by lawyeraau
Loved the book! I kept thinking of Jeff Goldblum as "David Masters". The only reason I gave it four stars was because I didn't care for how the author did away with the... Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Sparkles M. Fantastic
This book was fantastic. Among its few faults: too much unecessary sex, although that helped to drive home the idea of the villain's utter evilness; the main characters were... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Kona
As horror novels go this book rivals anything I have ever read. The style of writing is very engaging. Looking forward to my next Tamara Thorne book.Published on Nov. 23 2003
I have to admit that I was very disappointed with the novel after reading the glowing reviews. This book was probably one of two books I have never finished. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Matt Phillips
Best ghost story I have read. Wish Tamara Thorne would write another along the same story line.You won't be able to put it down.Published on Oct. 31 2003 by Kristina Goffena
This is one of those rare books you simply can't put down. Tamara Thorne is in top form with this Erotic Chiller! Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2003
This was my first Tamara Book. I enjoyed the creepy ghosts and gotta admit..the sex parts were good too. The whole Idea of buying and old haunted house so you can write one in... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by T. L. Chrismer