Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.
After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…
Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.
To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.
While I began anticipating this book since its cover reveal, I saw and read many two and one star reviews about this story. I knew the "Halo" series, but I decided to begin with "Ghost House".
Chloe lost her mom and was forced to move from California to England with her little brother and live with her Grandmother. The gift of seeing ghosts, the vile presence at the manor she lives and the presence of Alexander Reade complicates her life and danger lurks in the corner.
Ghost stories. My mind always will go to Ghostbusters and the funny trilogy I wrote on Wattpad. Like this for example!
Yet when I read the book indeed I was thrown into the mystery and the historical element of the plot. The descriptions were detailed, even for first POV, and the characters wer many and varied from the wannabe paranormal investigators to the housekeeper.
Now on the characters. Chloe, in my honest opinion COULD be a little more strong as a person. True, grief can make you really depressed, I agree, but not to the point of making you mad. I found times where Joe and Rory were funny, while Chloe hovered around, not participating much.
Alexander was also somewhat "invisible", even for a ghost. His secters were many and I liked the way of the flashbacks but his sadness was unbearable to the point of being annoying. And there was a tiny part of insta-love but I decided to ignore it since I liked the plot.
Isobel? Pure horror people! The absolute fine example of ghost with everything the pack has to offer!
And the ending truly has the promise for more. I really want to see how the author will pull the explanation of the first book's ending! A nice read but I hope for something better on the next book. :)
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What do you like on a ghost story? And which are your favorite books?