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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 It was ok, but could have been better. April 8 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic horror Aug. 10 2000
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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. The first half of the novel brings us face to face with people from nearly a century ago who are struggling with the bizarre occurrences in the house. Katrina, Eddie, and Angie slowly come to realize the horrors that await in the house's belly. The second half brings modern-day characters who happen to have a link to the past. They move into the house and *voila!* you have yourself a creepy little creature story. Miss Theodora (mistress of the house) is delightfully wicked, although a great deal of her evil is left to the imagination of the reader.
I agree with some who say this is not the greatest of horror novels. I also feel that the novel, especially the second half, drags on far too long. However, I enjoyed getting to know the earlier characters, and I had to keep reading to find out how the good vs. evil struggle ends. The language is wonderful, and I like Jensen's writing style. This isn't a true haunted house story but rather a story that involves satanism/black magic, reincarnation, revenge, animal and human sacrifice and slithering reptilian creatures. Don't read this one expecting great, classic horror. But if you like a story that will grab you and give you goosebumps, I certainly recommend this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea. Brain Dead Characters. May 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. It wasn't "Ammie Come Home" wonderful but it wasn't unreadable either. I even managed to tolerate the, mercifully subdued, depiction of a five-year-old girl being disembowelled.
It was goin' good then BAM! Out of nowhere characters who had been given every warning that something was wrong in this house decided to bring two young children into it.
The main character, a woman named Katie actually allows her neice to keep a doll that she has every reason to believe is...well let's just say she aint Raggedy Ann. It might have made sense had the Katie character been secretly malignant but she wasn't. Just stupid.
Katie wasn't the only idiot in the book either. These poor children had a mother who seemed to feel that sleeping in the same room with her babies would bring the world to a screeching halt.
In itself this view isn't so bad but what about when mom has just stared into the eyes of a long dead woman whose glare eminates hate and evil?
And the fun goes on and on. By the end of the book, when Katie (Who should have known this better than ANYONE) actually wonders where the ghost could have hidden the missing child even my cat was caughing up hairballs of impatient frustration. It's a miracle ANY one got out alive. ...Including my cat.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better May 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Great first half, then big letdown Aug. 17 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better
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. Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by jan erik storeb°
5.0 out of 5 stars LivingDeadGirl
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Don't read this before you go to bed!!!!!
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... Read more
Published on May 19 2001 by Megan Hommel
3.0 out of 5 stars The backstory was good, but downhill from there...
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2000
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
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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