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The General Theory of Haunting by Richard Easter (2017)

Review by CJ

Page count:
306

ISBN:
1977001246 

 

When only a handful of staff from Knights & Knights publishers arrive for their New Year’s week away at an isolated mansion, the attendees assume they’re snowed in for a dull holiday. When the history of the building begins to awaken, they find out how very wrong they were. 

The General Theory of Haunting is the first novel in The Snow Trilogy series.

I thought The General Theory of Haunting was going to be your run of the mill haunted house story that is super derivative of Shirley Jackson. I was so wrong. The General Theory of Haunting is a fascinating combination of horror, science fiction and mystery that burns slow but in doing so only increases the suspense. 

The characters in The General Theory of Haunting are well rounded and feel real. They are just your average, run of the mill flawed humans trying to do their best with what they have and who they are. 

I loved how much Easter was able to explore the humans in The General Theory of Haunting without bogging down the suspense or their experiences in the mansion. Their past intwines perfectly with their present and I was left genuinely wondering about their futures. 

Overall, I found The General Theory of Haunting to be unexpected but thoroughly enjoyable. The haunted house story is eerie, the characters are interesting and the twists are really fun. If you enjoy the unexpected in your reads then I highly recommend The General Theory of Haunting.

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