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The Haunting [Mass Market Paperback]

Ruby Jean Jensen
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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February 1994
Unaware of the house's history of bloodshed and murder, Katie Rogers, her sister, and her niece and nephew move into the abandoned house in the woods, but Katie soon begins having bizarre dreams--and that is just the beginning. Original.

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3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better May 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
J is actually giving us two books in one. the first part is about a mute guy that moves to his aunt's. this guy is definitely the worst part of the tsory. j spends ages trying to make us develop sympathy for the guy. I got it the first time. after wading to his unfortunate fortune, the story finally develops. there is something spooky about the aunt. she is not what she appears to be. what happened to the last guy who worked there and suddenly disappeared? and what is it that the little girl is scared of. i can't give away more, but there's a second part where a family moves in the house. there are some good descriptions here, and despite the mute, there is some suspence too. all in all it works out, though there are some loose threads. i'll give it a weak 3.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better May 5 2003
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The first half of the book intrigued me - it gives the background of the house and the story of its former inhabitants. I wish the author had spent more time on this. We never get any idea as to why Miss Theodora was involved with the creepy inhabitants of her cellar, or what eventually becomes of her (other than a very cursory description). Instead the story jumps ahead to modern times where a widow decides to buy the house.
The main character's initial visit to the house was well written, even creepy. Few horror authors can accomplish "creepy", and instead resort to gore. I felt that this was the strongest point of the whole book. But the story kind of unravelled from there. It seems as though the author tried to wrap things up in a hurry, and the story suffers.
Bottom line: it's worth reading, there aren't enough good haunted house books out there. I would give it 2 1/2 stars, but was given the choice of 2 or 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LivingDeadGirl Nov. 6 2002
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This book is fantastic! It is literally a book that you cannot (and should not) put down. It will have you looking at the shadows in your corners "in a whole new light". I found the book to be very well written, moved at a good pace, frightening and on overall excellent book! I highly recommend it!!
Happy Reading!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok, but could have been better. April 8 2002
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The book was ok. The only real problem I had with it, which is why I gave it 3 stars and not higher , was the lack of explanation of the head mistress Miss Theodora. There were soooo many unexplained things about her that when I finsihed the book, I was left speechless. What significance did that doll have, really? How old was she.. really? Why/ how did she become what she was? Why the sacrifices? What made Katrina special? The lack of characterization of the other characters was not as bad but , when your main bad guy is leaving you wondering, I think there is something wrong. In order for a real conclusion, you need to know why it was done... what made them do it. In some of the worst books I have read, they at least explained why! Only one thing about her( sort of ) was explained and even then I had questions about that. The elementals..How did Katie know what they were called in the first place? And there were others. The story idea itself had a lot of promise. I just think that it missed the mark..in my opinion..I like books were I use my imagination.. But not where the bad guys are concerned.
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The Haunting by Ruby Jean Jensen is a wonderful book. When i got the book from a friend a year ago, i only read the first chapter, but i was bored one day and descided to finish reading starting from the beginning again, and i COULD NOT put down the book. I made the mistake of reading it before i went to bed and everytime i heard a noise i jumped. Sometimes i was afraid to keep reading in some parts because i was afraid that it would scare me too much. The ending, i thought, was very unexpected. I cried at the end. This book is a MUST READ. So if you aren't sure whether to buy it or not, then let me make the descision for you, YES BUY IT. You won't regret it!!!!
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This book begins with a rather long backstory that held my attention more than the real story did. The characters in the backstory were far more interesting, and it moved along at a pace that kept me turning the pages; but the 2nd half plodded along to the conclusion that wasn't explained very well and just sort of...ended. Haunted house stories must be hard to write, perhaps just overdone. This one just did not scare me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great first half, then big letdown Aug. 17 2000
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The first half of this book is interesting, telling us the story of a mute boy, doomed by his placement with an evil distant relative. He is a likable and sympathetic character, and I found it easy to get involved in his story. Then, in the second half of the book the main character, a young recent widow, moves into the old house many years later. Everything she does is ridiculous, and contrary to anything that anyone with an ounce of commonsense would do. The fact that she and her sister, two adults, could get into and remain in the situations that occur is absolutely ludicrous. (And haven't they ever heard of generators or camping lanterns?) Also, the book is less about ghosts per se than about evil beings so the title may be misleading to some people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic horror
Ruby Jean Jenson captivated my interest from page one in this novel. THE HAUNTING offers a portrait of a house filled with and maintained by evil. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2000 by mellion108
5.0 out of 5 stars The haunting
I loved it! It was very gripping and suspenseful! It actually made me feel like I was running with the charecters! Like I could hear the eerie hum of the children in her dreams! Read more
Published on July 22 2000 by Jenica Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm HAUNTED by the fact that THE HAUNTING ever got published
Part one of this novel is quite interesting and contains the horror that the reader is seeking. However, once the characters Katrina, Eddie, and Angie no longer on the scene, the... Read more
Published on July 17 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea. Brain Dead Characters.
How many times have you read a novel and found it quite good, except for one fatal flaw? Well, my friends, this was one of those times for me.
This book was okay. Read more
Published on May 26 2000 by FearlessReader
2.0 out of 5 stars An unoriginal, almost laughable read
I was expecting to be deliciously frightened while reading this book, based on its reviews on amazon. Read more
Published on May 1 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, Gothic Horror!
It is unfortunate that this novel has the same title as last summers horror film fiasco. This is a truly creepy, look over your shoulder, late night horror novel. Read more
Published on March 31 2000 by Eric L. Hoheisel
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