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Vom Bestsellerautor BENTLEY LITTLE Das neue Haus der Familie Perry scheint perfekt, mit Ausnahme des seltsamen Verhaltens der Nachbarn und des eigenartigen Geruchs aus der dunklen Ecke des Kellers. Leider hatte niemand die Familie gewarnt … jetzt ist es zu spät. Das Dunkle steigt bereits den Keller empor … »Ein Meister des Makabren« – Stephen King


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Vom Bestsellerautor BENTLEY LITTLE Das neue Haus der Familie Perry scheint perfekt, mit Ausnahme des seltsamen Verhaltens der Nachbarn und des eigenartigen Geruchs aus der dunklen Ecke des Kellers. Leider hatte niemand die Familie gewarnt … jetzt ist es zu spät. Das Dunkle steigt bereits den Keller empor … »Ein Meister des Makabren« – Stephen King

30 review for Haunted: Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☠Kayla☠

    Honestly I don't know what to say. Did I like it? Yea I enjoyed it. Would I read it again? ABSOLUTELY NOT! There were times I was so bored I had to force myself through it because I didn't want to finish it. I expected this book to have a lot of thrilling and horror aspects to it and while it did have some it read like a contemporary novel most of the time. There are some triggers in this book for suicide, cutting, and talk/threatening of rape. This book also has really weird sex scenes that don Honestly I don't know what to say. Did I like it? Yea I enjoyed it. Would I read it again? ABSOLUTELY NOT! There were times I was so bored I had to force myself through it because I didn't want to finish it. I expected this book to have a lot of thrilling and horror aspects to it and while it did have some it read like a contemporary novel most of the time. There are some triggers in this book for suicide, cutting, and talk/threatening of rape. This book also has really weird sex scenes that don't really have a rhyme or reason, no explanation and are just kinda there. I gave it 3 stars because I enjoyed it slightly more then I disliked it and I mostly just hated the ending, but considering it was mostly the ending that through me off I feel like it still deserved a 3 stars because like I said I did actually enjoy some of the book. I loved the characters and loved how it bounced from the point of view of the parents and children in a very easy way to follow. The writing was also very well done and when it wasn't boring this book was pretty easy and quick to get through.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The woman had already strung up two of her children. They hung from ropes attached to a beam on the wraparound porch, twisting slightly in opposite directions, eyes bulging and mouths open in dark purplish faces No, The Haunted is not for the faint of heart! The Haunted is my first Bentley Little novel and it reminds me of the horror I grew up on. The writing is smooth and the atmosphere is chilling. Julian and Claire move to a new house along with their children. It doesn't take long to realize th The woman had already strung up two of her children. They hung from ropes attached to a beam on the wraparound porch, twisting slightly in opposite directions, eyes bulging and mouths open in dark purplish faces No, The Haunted is not for the faint of heart! The Haunted is my first Bentley Little novel and it reminds me of the horror I grew up on. The writing is smooth and the atmosphere is chilling. Julian and Claire move to a new house along with their children. It doesn't take long to realize they're not alone. There is an evil residing in the house and it won't be thwarted until it infects everything in its path. Horror ensues as each family member experiences the malicious entity in their own distinctive way. They are manipulated, abused, and terrorized all for the enjoyment of the reader. The narrative is over all intense and several moments are legitimately frightening. I'm excited to have found this author, and can't wait to dive into more of his disturbing work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Despite its bleakness, Bentley Little's newest, The Haunted, was a lot of fun to read. Although Little is known for his sense of humor, I warn you to not look for that here. This is a book that is dark, bleak, and full of despair as the Perry family loses control of their average, every day lives. The story is about an innocent family haunted by their new house, but it reminded me of self-abuse spinning out of control, the unknown anger and angst of adolescence, the fear and desperation of a chil Despite its bleakness, Bentley Little's newest, The Haunted, was a lot of fun to read. Although Little is known for his sense of humor, I warn you to not look for that here. This is a book that is dark, bleak, and full of despair as the Perry family loses control of their average, every day lives. The story is about an innocent family haunted by their new house, but it reminded me of self-abuse spinning out of control, the unknown anger and angst of adolescence, the fear and desperation of a child stuck in a family haunted by its past and current abuses. And this is without any of those subjects taking center stage. We start off with the Perry family looking to move out of what they feel is becoming a bad neighborhood. Had they known what they were in for, perhaps they would have stayed and put up with the bully kids, the ones who use the Perry family's driveway for skate board practice without permission. Now that they have moved, however, they're trapped in debt and stuck with a ghost, or maybe it's some other entity, that's physically abusive and life threatening. This book is about the love and hate of a family (that innocent family with the average lives I mentioned earlier), invaded by unknown forces. It's a book about what's not in your control, and how what's good and average can turn to bad and abnormal at any time. As this is a haunted house book, there's nothing really new here. Yet, the haunted house book has been written regularly for close to two hundred years now, so what are you looking for? Something groundbreaking? I don't think so. Give The Haunted a try. Its got some real creepy moments that's excluded from a lot of other horror novels. I highly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serenity

    I must have read a different book than anyone who gave this book anything more than two stars (Even that rating is being extremely generous) because this book was shit. I wish I could give it zero stars. It wasn’t scary or have any kind of suspense. Haunted was an awful attempt at a novel. After about 200 pages I started skimming and even skipping some passages. Trust me, you won’t miss anything important. The writing was so bleak and uninteresting. The author added flashbacks of the town, but e I must have read a different book than anyone who gave this book anything more than two stars (Even that rating is being extremely generous) because this book was shit. I wish I could give it zero stars. It wasn’t scary or have any kind of suspense. Haunted was an awful attempt at a novel. After about 200 pages I started skimming and even skipping some passages. Trust me, you won’t miss anything important. The writing was so bleak and uninteresting. The author added flashbacks of the town, but even that didn’t add anything to the story. Every sex scene made me physically cringe-- they were so lame, awkward, and horribly written. I don’t understand why the author chose to write so many of them or why they were even necessary. ”Oh, I heard the basement door slam. No wait, let me suck my sleeping husband’s dick and masturbate until I fall asleep instead of checking on my children.” I hate this book. I hate that I wasted my time on it. I want to yell at whoever gave it to me. Fuck this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    The next morning, [he] found a bobcat skeleton in the dirt. I’ve been meaning to start reading Bentley Little for some time now. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Haunted; not only is it one of Little’s newest novels, it also received some fairly polarised reviews. She stopped, stared, her heart pounding. I’m fairly sure that this isn’t the best place to begin reading Little, but it was the only one I had close at hand. Haunted house mysteries are nothing new, and taking the evolution of The next morning, [he] found a bobcat skeleton in the dirt. I’ve been meaning to start reading Bentley Little for some time now. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Haunted; not only is it one of Little’s newest novels, it also received some fairly polarised reviews. She stopped, stared, her heart pounding. I’m fairly sure that this isn’t the best place to begin reading Little, but it was the only one I had close at hand. Haunted house mysteries are nothing new, and taking the evolution of fiction into account, it’s no real surprise if authors push the boundaries a bit. That said, this wasn’t overly gory by any means. Something that seems to be a point of discussion is the sexual behaviour depicted in, or psycho-sexual aspect of, the novel. Even though it makes for potentially uneasy reading, I completely understand the inclusion as part of the story progression and to show the affect that the house has on its occupants. Fortunately Little steers clear of too much graphic detail. So why did she feel as if she wasn’t alone? Because she wasn’t. Something that I found quite enjoyable is the author’s penchant to interrupt himself when something shocking happens. Sentences and character thoughts are often left incomplete to deal with danger; it gives the events an immediacy that can be lacking in some horror stories. “I was in the room where things grow old.” Another common criticism seems to be the fact that not everything in this novel makes sense. But I’m not sure whether it’s supposed to. The Haunted is from that surreal school of horror that spawned the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The haunting depicted here is anything but subtle. The irrational lethargic behaviour of both the house occupants and the neighbours (given the obvious nature of the threat) is explained to some extent, but will still strike most readers as odd. This wasn’t a situation where the choices were self-evident. For all its (apparent) shortcomings, The Haunted is still an engaging read. There are moments of genuine creepiness and even though it wasn’t as flat out scary as I’d hoped it still has more than enough to offer. There are some layers here that rate a second look. I’m certainly keen to check out some Little classics like The Store and The Mailman. [He] reached under the coffee table for the flashlight he kept on the shelf there in case of blackouts. His searching fingers couldn’t find it, but seconds later, a lamp atop the end table opposite the couch switched on, bathing the area in a weak yellowish glow. He was not alone in the living room.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Quirkyreader

    Not one of Little’s creepier stories, but it is still a good read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars At times, this book felt more like a contemporary, focusing on the mundane details of family life, real estate and politics. However, this book also contained some very explicit sex scenes, which were quite unexpected in this seemingly quiet haunted house story. The psychological sexual effects were easily the most disturbing aspects of this novel. Although I enjoyed this psychosomatic effect, these scenes could be too graphic for more sensitive readers. Also, trigger warnings for cutti 3.5 Stars At times, this book felt more like a contemporary, focusing on the mundane details of family life, real estate and politics. However, this book also contained some very explicit sex scenes, which were quite unexpected in this seemingly quiet haunted house story. The psychological sexual effects were easily the most disturbing aspects of this novel. Although I enjoyed this psychosomatic effect, these scenes could be too graphic for more sensitive readers. Also, trigger warnings for cutting. Despite the family drama, this is a fairly enjoyable haunted house story with a few surprisingly creepy moments.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    THE HAUNTED, by Bentley Little, really started out well for me. After the initial introduction to the main characters, we quickly find our way to "the house". The Perry family are moving due to the corruption of their original neighborhood, and of course, the house they find seems almost "too good to be true" at the time. (In horror, always the giveaway that something is horribly wrong). The tension in this one is really done masterfully. Several "isolated" incidents among the individual family m THE HAUNTED, by Bentley Little, really started out well for me. After the initial introduction to the main characters, we quickly find our way to "the house". The Perry family are moving due to the corruption of their original neighborhood, and of course, the house they find seems almost "too good to be true" at the time. (In horror, always the giveaway that something is horribly wrong). The tension in this one is really done masterfully. Several "isolated" incidents among the individual family members were genuinely scary! Not only did these serve to show the reader what was "wrong', but it had the additional leverage of dividing the people--of course, they were all either in disbelief, or too scared to tell anyone else about what they had encountered. Approximately half way through, we get a series of flashbacks to the town hundreds of years ago. These were done--again--in such a way that they added to the story, as opposed to taking us out of it completely. There were enough little twists that changed the course of the book to where I wasn't able to predict the ending, which is also an added bonus. My only complaint here was that the ending DID seem overly simplistic in comparison to the fantastic build-up of the book. It ended in more of a "whimper" instead of a "bang". With a heavier-edged conclusion, this book had the potential to be a five star read for me. Still, an overall great read. Recommended!

  9. 5 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    Legitimate scares in this beast. I had given up on BL after a few books that were too formulaic for my tastes but he earned his Stoker nomination with this one. Just when I thought the haunted house story was no longer a formidable venue for the horror genre...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Good grief, there goes hours of my life I'll never get back.☹ Can't believe I even finished it. I didn't get attached to any of the characters, the story drug on and was not creepy but eye-rolling bad, and the sex scenes? SO SO bad. I'm all for a good and steamy well-told sex scene, but, #1, these were FAR from that and, #2, they added absolutely NO value to this storyline. Ugh, cringeworthy, to say the least.😖🤮 So glad to be moving on... Good grief, there goes hours of my life I'll never get back.☹ Can't believe I even finished it. I didn't get attached to any of the characters, the story drug on and was not creepy but eye-rolling bad, and the sex scenes? SO SO bad. I'm all for a good and steamy well-told sex scene, but, #1, these were FAR from that and, #2, they added absolutely NO value to this storyline. Ugh, cringeworthy, to say the least.😖🤮 So glad to be moving on...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    This was a great haunted house story. It was filled with tension and literally gave me goosebumps at times. The last part of the book was a little bit scattered and didn't hold up to the rest of the book. I had never read this author before, but would definitely check out some of his other works. A recommended read for anyone who loves a scary haunted house. This was a great haunted house story. It was filled with tension and literally gave me goosebumps at times. The last part of the book was a little bit scattered and didn't hold up to the rest of the book. I had never read this author before, but would definitely check out some of his other works. A recommended read for anyone who loves a scary haunted house.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Phwah! I finished. I'm glad. It's October and, as so many of us have, I found myself with a hankering for scary stories. I wanted a ghost story and I wanted to try someone I'd never read. Bentley Little has a decent reputation so I gave this book a shot. It wasn't to my taste. To me, this seemed like a remade, updated version of "Poltergeist" with some themes coming scarily close - family moves into new house ((view spoiler)[ There were even three kids and the two parents only, in this case, instead Phwah! I finished. I'm glad. It's October and, as so many of us have, I found myself with a hankering for scary stories. I wanted a ghost story and I wanted to try someone I'd never read. Bentley Little has a decent reputation so I gave this book a shot. It wasn't to my taste. To me, this seemed like a remade, updated version of "Poltergeist" with some themes coming scarily close - family moves into new house ((view spoiler)[ There were even three kids and the two parents only, in this case, instead of the youngest child being taken out of the picture for much of the story, it was the oldest child who wasn't there but did show up, in a way, toward the end. Also: ancient Indian burial ground built upon because developers wouldn't listen/Ancient evil the Indians warned against but nobody would listen (hide spoiler)] ) and weird things happen ; dad rescuing son from the muddy swimming pool hole/dad rescuing son from deep hole in dirt. You know. That sort of thing. My sister and I discuss "Poltergeist" often; the thing that makes it scary even into adulthood is that it seems like something that could happen. Even if it really can't, it seems like it could what with the spirit world threatening the whole family, focusing on the children, tearing apart the house and NO ONE BELIEVES YOU except for the weird ghost hunters. I never felt that with this book. I didn't get that, "OMG, what would I do if this did happen?" feeling, I never got that "We're alone in here" feeling (mostly because it seems everyone in the 'hood knows about the haunted nature of this house) Instead, I wondered why this family was so terrible at communication, something they'd apparently been fostering for years and years. It was almost like a parable: If you can't have earnest, heartfelt talks when you're married and you can't do so with your children, there's a good chance you're going to move somewhere and have your asses haunted and you STILL won't learn how to communicate and PEOPLE WILL DIE! Only there was no epiphany where the family learned how to work together and be a family. So I guess it would be a fairly lame parable. In addition to not being scared, I was confused by the evil spirit. It seems this particular presence can break all corporeal boundaries but has a serious respect for emotional and psychological lines. Because here's the thing: If I were this evil spirit, there's no way I'd tailor my terrorizing to appropriate age groups. No, because I'm evil. I want to scare the crap out of every family member in the most horrific ways possible. I'm not going to be Casper The Pervy Ghost (Rated R) in the marital chamber but then text the teen girl to "take off your pants" (Rated PG13)and then give the even younger boy strange urges that have nothing to do with sex (Rated G). No, it's going to be equal all across the board. I'm going to put awful perversions in all their minds and watch them act it all out because I don't care who gets hurt. I AM EVIL, remember? This entity, though, despite making people do some questionable things in the past, is fairly tame in this day and age. Also, it knows how to use modern communication devices, which is pretty hip. It's more like a rowdy teenage boy who has a little too much freedom than an ancient and terrible force full of mayhem and horror. I think what I'm taking up way too many words to say is: I found the whole haunting situation to be a tad silly. And that's probably why it didn't scare me. That's not what dropped it down to the two-star rating, though. There was one message, one aspect of this story that really bothered me. It took me awhile to suss it out but I finally realized what made me so uncomfortable with this tale: SEX I put that in all-caps because it's a popular word and gets a lot of attention. (view spoiler)[Specifically, it was the messages about sex. I've already touched on how the parents are getting all down and dirty while the teenage daughter is getting pervy-but-not-dangerous text messages. She does see one of her little friends molested at a sleepover and the spirit leers at her when she's showering and stuff but it's all very ... teen-movie-ish. So there's something in the house that enjoys the idea of being a creeper to teenage girls, right? The thing is, the parents are suddenly always horny since they've moved into their haunted home. That's great! Only, apparently, it isn't because it's mentioned a few times that oldly-weds don't ever feel this way so something is obviously wrong. Which...ok...yeah, oldly-marrieds who have a family and have jobs often stop being all in each others pants all the time. That's true for some couples. But then when this particular couple starts trying new things - like talking mildly dirty and having anal sex - that's when they know something is wrong, so horribly wrong. And to show how wrong this has all become, the husband even rapes the wife at one point and she doesn't even care. They never mention it again (remember: Poor Communicators) but there is one instant in which they have normal, old-fashioned, love-centered sex and it's all like it was and how it should always be and that was the one time they didn't feel like something was wrong. So the message I am hearing here is that old, boring couples need to focus on not spicing things up but should, instead, rely on tried-and-true methods to express their love. Always. Because it is deviant to do anything else and if you even start wondering what it would be like to ask your husband to perform cunnilingus upon your person without having washed first, well, that just means that you are possessed by something abominable and before you know it, PEOPLE WILL DIE! In addition, this perverse behavior is similar to sexually harassing a minor. IT IS ALL VERY GROSS and is all the product of the devil. Yes, yes, I KNOW I'm reading waaaay too much into this. Way too much. I'm sure that message is not there at all and I'm making crap up because...well, because I do that, apparently. But at the same time, I felt sorry for a couple who can't have fun with sex, who has to have tender and meaningful, loving intimacy all the time because to do otherwise is a sign of being taken over by an evil spirit. (hide spoiler)] I think the quick-n-dirty sex moments were so not-in-line with the rest of the story that they grabbed my attention more than they would have. It's almost as if there were multiple spirits in the house, a malicious one, a pervy one, a teenage boy one, a old-fashioned spooky one that leaves random and scary messages...and in a way, I suppose that was true but it's not like the reader ever really finds that out. I dunno. I sort of felt like I'd been in marriage counseling and learned that it's important to communicate open and honestly, not hide things from the spouse, and also, only loving, tender sexual relations are healthy. Everything else is demonic. And on the ending: (view spoiler)[Does a person really just peacefully fade away half an hour after downing a bottle of Advil? Seriously? I'm surprised there aren't more Advil-related suicides. And also: No. Just, no. This ending? I rolled my eyes and sighed with the easy-out melodrama of it all. (hide spoiler)] Like I said, this just wasn't my cup of tea.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This book started out a little slow, then picked up speed to where it became a little spooky. It slowed down a little part way through the book but only because it gave past history about why the house was haunted. The speed picked back up the last part of the book, but things started happening more with the house. One of the characters disappears completely but to me that is not a cliff hanger as with any horror story sometimes it could be that the house "ate" them. Basically in this story the This book started out a little slow, then picked up speed to where it became a little spooky. It slowed down a little part way through the book but only because it gave past history about why the house was haunted. The speed picked back up the last part of the book, but things started happening more with the house. One of the characters disappears completely but to me that is not a cliff hanger as with any horror story sometimes it could be that the house "ate" them. Basically in this story the house manipulates its surroundings which reminded me of the house in the movie "Rose Red" by Stephen King. The house does things to the characters in the book almost driving them to madness. Giving it five stars for taking me on a roller coaster ride of horror.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Jackson

    I know, I know...I probably should wait to do this post - let the story sink in more - but I'd rather do it when emotions run high. The story started out well enough - scary, a bit perplexing, even a trifle bit of humor. The family is at the house and at first little things happen - a record player plays itself and a laundry basket seems to enjoy wandering around the house. There is an eeriness that keeps you on seat's edge but doesn't go so far as to seem horrifying. It is easy to like the child I know, I know...I probably should wait to do this post - let the story sink in more - but I'd rather do it when emotions run high. The story started out well enough - scary, a bit perplexing, even a trifle bit of humor. The family is at the house and at first little things happen - a record player plays itself and a laundry basket seems to enjoy wandering around the house. There is an eeriness that keeps you on seat's edge but doesn't go so far as to seem horrifying. It is easy to like the children and even the parents though you can't help but roll your eyes at how all of them refuse to tell each other what they have experienced for fear of ridicule. I could see one or two of them being that way but all four? Doubtful. I'm sure if I saw a monster in my room and I was a child, I would be screaming for my parents or, at the very least, running from the room. Each character played the typical ghost story roles - the husband is skeptic, the mother is sure it is her own forgetfulness, the daughter is sullen and the boy is terrified. It would have been nice if there had been some role reversal - let the wife, a lawyer, be the skeptic and the husband, who was the creative sort, be intimidated. Sex scenes galore were a part of the story as well - it isn't that I oppose of them but they served no purpose other than to imply that the couple was acting different from they had when they lived elsewhere. I didn't need an anal sex scene to figure that one out. Bentley didn't get around to explaining the history of the house until the middle of the book and then sprang things on us that was rather irritating. My writing teacher told me, and I'd have to agree, that no one likes things sprung on them when it is convenient for the character. Such as, don't make the wife a sudden crack shot with a rifle when the monster is coming at her without explaining earlier in the story that she was a sniper in the army when she was younger. I found this rather annoying. Overall, the book was predictable and like dozens of other haunted stories I've read with the same ending as well. It was more than little disappointing. I give the book a C-.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

    I honestly couldn't decide between 3 or 4 stars. This is when half-stars would come in really handy. It was good. I enjoyed the story and it was definitely creepy. There is a lot left open though about what it was and what it wanted and why it was there. Which was something I was really interested in learning. I didn't like Julian at first. I thought he was a bit selfish and it bothered me that he kept things from his wife and sometimes only because he was too cowardly to deal with her disappoint I honestly couldn't decide between 3 or 4 stars. This is when half-stars would come in really handy. It was good. I enjoyed the story and it was definitely creepy. There is a lot left open though about what it was and what it wanted and why it was there. Which was something I was really interested in learning. I didn't like Julian at first. I thought he was a bit selfish and it bothered me that he kept things from his wife and sometimes only because he was too cowardly to deal with her disappointment in him keeping secrets in the first place. However, he did completely redeem himself. I still don't agree with all of his choices, but in the end, his choices were what was best for his family. Megan and James had a real aggressive relationship at first and as someone who is close to her sister, it was a bit sad. Claire was actually pretty decent. I can't say I found anything particularly amazing about her personality, but she was likable enough. It was a slow read but only because it was so scary. I could only read it when my husband was home AND when it was daytime. It was too scary to read alone and if I read it too late I had a harder time sleeping than I already do and I had nightmares. I mean it was a good thing as you are looking for a good scare when you read horror, but I like my thrills when I can still feel safe. Contradictory, I know.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Fall is my favorite season...not just because of the cooler weather and the leaves on the mountains near my home turning color, but also because it's close to my favorite holiday of the year....Halloween. Once the calendar hits September, bring on the ghosts and creepy stories! :) A good ghost story is great any time of year, but it's even better in autumn. Because I returned to full time work in 2020, this season is a bit different. I'm listening to more books on audio now because I can listen Fall is my favorite season...not just because of the cooler weather and the leaves on the mountains near my home turning color, but also because it's close to my favorite holiday of the year....Halloween. Once the calendar hits September, bring on the ghosts and creepy stories! :) A good ghost story is great any time of year, but it's even better in autumn. Because I returned to full time work in 2020, this season is a bit different. I'm listening to more books on audio now because I can listen while I drive, during breaks, while getting things done around the house, or while working in the yard....I still need to get my reading time in, but I have a lot less time to work with now. The great thing is: I have discovered that having a narrator read a horror story to me is just....wonderful! It adds a whole new aspect to the story for me! It took me a long time to come around on audio books. At first I didn't like the format....and now, I'm a convert. I can't do without them! The Haunted not only gave me a good creepy story fix, but also introduced me to a new-to-me writer. This is the first book by Bentley Little that I have read. And I will definitely be reading/listening to more! The basics: The Perry family buys a new house. Their old neighborhood was getting bad, so they move. The house is older and the neighborhood much quieter. Things will be perfect now.....right?? But almost immediately there are warning signs. Nightmares, things moving in the house, dark shadows.....a presence. And soon the creeping darkness permeates not only the house, but their very lives. The audio version of this book is narrated by Dan Butler. It takes a certain sort of voice and style to narrate a haunted house story -- and Dan Butler does a superb job! His voice and tone are perfect, and he brought the characters to life expertly. Great listening experience! For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It has the suspense elements I like in a family-buys-a-haunted-house story and a great sense of growing darkness. The book is well written, and the plot is engaging. The characters are flawed, but so are Real People, so it all came together into a creepy Scary House tale. I kept wondering what my own family would do if faced with the same situation. I'm not sure -- it would be horrible! But there were some elements of the story I didn't really enjoy..... I have to admit I found some of the sex scenes disturbing. I'm not against sex -- even graphic sex -- in an adult horror novel, or I wouldn't be able to enjoy the genre as much as I do. But, I found myself turned off after the first couple gross, weird sex scenes. None of it really furthered the plot....it was just there....and weirdly icky. After a scene of semi-public masturbation with a Barbie doll and lurid descriptions of the doll's head being used in ways it never should have been (poor Barbie...lol), I just started fast forwarding The Action after that. I needed the plot to move along -- something vital to happen to keep me plugged into the story. But the sex and some gore seemed added purely for ambiance....for me it just slowed the plot development down and made me hit the fast forward button multiple times. Some of the gory scenes seemed just a bit overdone to me as well. And repetition of similar scenes. Yes, I get it....they are seeing faces where they shouldn't see them. What are they going to DO about it?? For me, it added up into some serious Delay-of-Plot-Development. And the ending seemed a bit of a let down, or....maybe "too easy'' is a better phrase? But.....it was still a good close to the story. Just not the one I thought was coming. So, all in all, a great intro to a new-to-me author. A creepy suspenseful ghost story. And, a great addition to my autumn creepy reading this year! I will definitely be reading more by Bentley Little!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    This is the most release of Little's books that I have read. As is typical with his work, there is the unmistakeable imprint of the author's voice on every page, and the writing is easy to digest, the pages turn almost with a will of their own. The Haunted really flew by, though. I finished it in three sittings, over one weekend, which is a rare feat for me these days. Everything was here, for fans of the author, all the trademark characteristics he fuses into his narratives that keep us coming b This is the most release of Little's books that I have read. As is typical with his work, there is the unmistakeable imprint of the author's voice on every page, and the writing is easy to digest, the pages turn almost with a will of their own. The Haunted really flew by, though. I finished it in three sittings, over one weekend, which is a rare feat for me these days. Everything was here, for fans of the author, all the trademark characteristics he fuses into his narratives that keep us coming back for more. Hell, the town of Jardine, the book's setting, even has The Store for all your shopping needs. The weirdness factor was maybe toned down a bit, and there was nothing overtly original going on, so it doesn't occuppy a space among others like The Ignored, The Mailman, or The Association on the best of Bently Little shelf. Still, this was a dark, creepy, relentless ride through a haunting by one of the masters. Fully worth the read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charles Dee Mitchell

    I have only recently taken an interest in contemporary horror novels, and I have been impressed by the originality of much that I have found: Poppy Z. Brite, Kathe Koja, Tom Piccirilli, Graham Joyce and others. I picked this up because it has been nominated for the Stoker award and I am sucker for haunted houses. I made it to about page 200. The next chapter was going to be a flashback to the late 16th century, and I could not imagine that this device was going to add depth or interest to what s I have only recently taken an interest in contemporary horror novels, and I have been impressed by the originality of much that I have found: Poppy Z. Brite, Kathe Koja, Tom Piccirilli, Graham Joyce and others. I picked this up because it has been nominated for the Stoker award and I am sucker for haunted houses. I made it to about page 200. The next chapter was going to be a flashback to the late 16th century, and I could not imagine that this device was going to add depth or interest to what struck me as the equivalent of Amityville IX, or whatever number that moribund franchise has reached. Little's novel is a spook show where something predictably weird happens in every chapter. These incidents are as uninteresting as the writing. Little has a touching faith in the ability of italics to convey the uncanny; i.e., "Somebody -- no, something--slammed the kitchen door."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tressa

    Run-of-the-mill horror story about an evil place throughout the centuries, and a house is built over the spot in present day. It was a tedious, predictable read and I'm really disappointed because I like most of Little's books. I didn't care at all for the characters and it seemed that their troubles were just repeated with every chapter. I mean, at some point you have to yell, "For God's sake. Get out!" White people. *shakes head* Run-of-the-mill horror story about an evil place throughout the centuries, and a house is built over the spot in present day. It was a tedious, predictable read and I'm really disappointed because I like most of Little's books. I didn't care at all for the characters and it seemed that their troubles were just repeated with every chapter. I mean, at some point you have to yell, "For God's sake. Get out!" White people. *shakes head*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Couple and their children relocate to a new house after multiple bouts of trouble in their old neighborhood. Each family member starts dealing with different issues the house conjures up. Things start to get odd, then scary, then blow out of control- as in, the author had no idea what he was doing. We now bring you to, worthless points in regards to this worthless novel. *The author gets into numerous outbursts political jargon, I signed up for haunted houses. *The author keeps sharing little tidbi Couple and their children relocate to a new house after multiple bouts of trouble in their old neighborhood. Each family member starts dealing with different issues the house conjures up. Things start to get odd, then scary, then blow out of control- as in, the author had no idea what he was doing. We now bring you to, worthless points in regards to this worthless novel. *The author gets into numerous outbursts political jargon, I signed up for haunted houses. *The author keeps sharing little tidbits of info like it's fact, not the person's opinion. *There is no real depth or feeling, just lengthy descriptions. I feel I'm reading a high school paper, where someone is trying to convey facts, (not make up a tale of a haunted house) without any evidence. *As I'm reading this I realized again why I prefer women authors. The maturity level is seriously lacking, and we're only at 36%! Yippie! *Again with the politics.... *When Claire says, 'We're getting a little off track here', I thought of the author- and his ongoing political rants throughout this novel. Way offtrack. *And now he's mansplaining every single thing. *I almost forgot this book was so bad. Almost. BTW, the word 'almost' was used 57 times in this book. Thank you Libby app for counting them. *Okay, 'Jean shorts that no longer fit her'? 'Megan did not become promiscuous'??? How is that relevant? Oh wait, a guy wrote this. #misogyny101 *Thinking (several times throughout) this book could have been cut in half. *Completely skipping paragraphs at this point to just get to the end.... Awful. Just awful. I do not recommend. Glad it was only an available book for checkout at my library and I didn't actually purchase it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Not the best, but I enjoyed it enough that I will definition read more from this author. The ominous and creepy feel to the way it was written was superb, I just had some issues with the story itself. 3.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    Excellent ghost story! Found one that made me lay in bed, having to pee, because I was too scared to get up and deal with the bathroom mirror, or shower curtain!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Dnf @ 63% Great start but gets confusing and rediculous.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rowan Elkasas

    It has been a while since I have read a book that made me frightened , a regular horror novel but some elements in the book is relatively new . Interesting plot with four different personalities main characters .I enjoyed how each of them reacted to whatever was scaring them in a way that made the book a page turner .My favourite thing about this novel is the characters. But I did not like the ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arjhay Serpa Juan (Your Average Reader)

    Seems the hype of this book doesn't affect me and shall I say my dry book for Little because I'm not fan of haunted houses and tropes were present to this book plus the formulaic way of Little's writing. Seems the hype of this book doesn't affect me and shall I say my dry book for Little because I'm not fan of haunted houses and tropes were present to this book plus the formulaic way of Little's writing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe Orozco

    My first encounter with Bentley Little was in reading The Association. It was good, quirky but decent. When I came across The Haunted on Audible, I thought I may as well give it a try, and as an avid reader of all things horror I mostly came away satisfied. The neighborhood has taken a turn for the worse with the economy. Eventually the Perry family decides to pick up and move to a house closer to downtown, and while it may have seemed like the perfect property, there are secrets about the house My first encounter with Bentley Little was in reading The Association. It was good, quirky but decent. When I came across The Haunted on Audible, I thought I may as well give it a try, and as an avid reader of all things horror I mostly came away satisfied. The neighborhood has taken a turn for the worse with the economy. Eventually the Perry family decides to pick up and move to a house closer to downtown, and while it may have seemed like the perfect property, there are secrets about the house that are manifesting themselves in peculiar ways for each member of the family. A typical haunted house? Not so fast. You see, the thing living in the Perry’s cellar is not content to remain locked behind four walls, and the only way to harness the evil is through an ending unlike anything you may have guessed. I’m taking one star off for creative license abuse. Horror is meant to push the boundaries of reality, but it does not mean you pull rabbits out of the air to make the situation flow better. I’m generally opposed to tumbling into alternate realities unless that parallel universe has been presented early in the story. Finding out about the history of the area through a lawsuit that just so happened to fall into Claire’s lap is cheesy if not outright cliché. I’m taking another star off for excessive sexual content. I’m no prude, but the graphic detail is awkward for the characters. It could be argued that the author is aiming for possession, but either the possession exists, or it doesn’t. I think Little had it in him to do more creative things with possession than haphazard scenes that do nothing to advance the plot. The trouble with The Haunted is that it featured some really good horror components. I was pleasantly spooked early in the story, but perhaps too early. The best punches were thrown so prematurely that the balance of the story felt stiff. The shadow materializing in the corner of the room and the face taking shape in the steamy mirror is startling once, but after that, I’m looking for some escalation in the fear factor. With two books down, I think Bentley Little is an author worth following. The Haunted will keep you up at night, initially from fear but gradually more for the entertainment.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen from Quebec :0)

    Well, this book had moments of brilliance and moments of cliched tropes as well. It was all over the place by the end, and left too many things unanswered for me to be satisfied completely. What happened to Roger? What happened to all the cases the mom (a lawyer) was working on? What happened to ALL the secondary characters, such as Robbie and Zoe and Cole? Also, the book was puttering along, with a few good scares here and there when - BAM - sudden;y we are getting flashbacks of the town from 1 Well, this book had moments of brilliance and moments of cliched tropes as well. It was all over the place by the end, and left too many things unanswered for me to be satisfied completely. What happened to Roger? What happened to all the cases the mom (a lawyer) was working on? What happened to ALL the secondary characters, such as Robbie and Zoe and Cole? Also, the book was puttering along, with a few good scares here and there when - BAM - sudden;y we are getting flashbacks of the town from 1538, 1820, 1921, and other random years, none of which were followed up on sufficiently. I DID enjoy the ending, but wish it had been longer, as this book was almost 400 pages and most of it was unanswered questions, leading to an ending that *could* have been made even better had more time been spent on it. This was my 1st Bentley Little book, and I DID enjoy it, but I think that he must have better books out there than this one. I read this for a Group Reading Challenge, and I am curious to try out another of his novels; so THAT'S a good thing, I suppose. In the end, the good outweighed the bad, but if you hate loose ends, this novel WILL make you cringe a bit....--Jen from Quebec :0)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    If you are looking for a good haunted house book, look no further. The Perry family is in search of that perfect house in that perfect neighborhood, sadly they chose poorly. With a haunted history that goes back hundreds of years, the Perry family immediately finds that their new house is far less than what they had hoped. Bentley Little walks the line well here in keeping the family in the house and yet not letting them be stupid and staying in the house. This is the tough line in a haunted hou If you are looking for a good haunted house book, look no further. The Perry family is in search of that perfect house in that perfect neighborhood, sadly they chose poorly. With a haunted history that goes back hundreds of years, the Perry family immediately finds that their new house is far less than what they had hoped. Bentley Little walks the line well here in keeping the family in the house and yet not letting them be stupid and staying in the house. This is the tough line in a haunted house story. Really enjoyed the spookiness and the intensity the family goes through.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Bentley Little is in my top 3 favorite horror authors. This book reinforced my "ranking" of him. This book is excellent and while it does still contain Little's wit and humor, it is much more bleak and depressing than his other works. This book is very dark and I found myself feeling sadness over the potential demise of the Perry family. I did really enjoy Little's references to his previous works (The Store, The Return) in here and found myself chuckling and enjoying some of the dialogue betwee Bentley Little is in my top 3 favorite horror authors. This book reinforced my "ranking" of him. This book is excellent and while it does still contain Little's wit and humor, it is much more bleak and depressing than his other works. This book is very dark and I found myself feeling sadness over the potential demise of the Perry family. I did really enjoy Little's references to his previous works (The Store, The Return) in here and found myself chuckling and enjoying some of the dialogue between the characters. For those who are wanting to give Little's work a try, I don't know if I would recommend this book as a first read. It tends to deviate from the usual tone and overall sentiment of his previous works. BUT, with that being said I really enjoyed it and I'm glad to see that Bentley Little is still going strong and continuing to add to his literary prowess. Excellent, dark, menacing, eerie, haunted house story that is a whole lot more than that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindy

    This was my first Bentley Little book. I love the writing style and loved the story. I read this super fast I just couldn't put it down. It's a typical ghost/haunted house story but definitely didn't lose my interest. I'm looking forward to reading more of Little's work. This was my first Bentley Little book. I love the writing style and loved the story. I read this super fast I just couldn't put it down. It's a typical ghost/haunted house story but definitely didn't lose my interest. I'm looking forward to reading more of Little's work.

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