"The Cemetery Ghost;" Author: Amy Cross; Publisher: Blackwych Books Ltd. (Dec 20, 2020)- Kindle Edition
Sometimes, in the dead of winter, after Santa and his fine elves stop holding your interest, you just want to read a horror story that pulls you in and shakes you to your core. (Well, at least I do.) It certainly is winter now and so I picked up this book in hopes of feeding my ghostly imagination.
Except... this book did not come across to me as a horror story- in fact, it was quite the opposite. It revealed itself to be a deeply sentimental book centered around two children. Though I did not get my 'horror story' satisfaction in reading this book, I got a different, albeit pleasant, satisfaction altogether.
It was the heartfelt relationship between the two young children that intrigued my senses. They became close and the emotional attachment between the two was a tangible thing. They were supportive of each other and created a bond that I was pleased to witness and greatly admired. This sweet relationship between these two overshadowed anything that would be deemed "frightening" for me within the book. The characters in the book were developed in such a way that a connection between the reader and characters was instant and strengthened the validity of the writer as being a seasoned author who knows how to write engagingly.
There is an enlightening twist at the end of the book that tied in the storyline beautifully and left me marveling at the writer's ability to keep the reader engaged throughout the book right to the surprise ending. I had such a mix of emotions when the plot twist was revealed. It really choked me up. Little bits of my heart cracked and I held back tears.
The story clocked in at 143 pages so it wasn't an overly long story but it was well paced and it was the perfect amount of time for the plot to unravel without it dragging and leaving the reader in a sleepy-eyed stupor, trying to stay awake. I read this book over the recent holidays and although it is a hectic time of the season, I found myself consistently reaching for this book when I had some spare time. This is always a good sign that a book struck your fancy.
I went into this book searching for an emerald and encountered a diamond instead. I'm satisfied. I do look forward to reading Ms. Cross's other books and in fact, I have acquired a few more and added them to my TBR list.
Needless to say, I highly recommend this book.
You can find out more about Hoffmann Media by visiting the following website: Amy Cross | Author of Asylum, Dark Season, The Farm, Dead Souls and other books! (wordpress.com)
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Book Reviewed: "The Cemetery Ghost;" Author: Amy Cross; Publisher: Blackwych Books Ltd. (Dec 20, 2020)- Kindle Edition
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You have stumbled into the writing world of Mary-Lisa Russo, an avid storyteller observing the universe around her and her humble place amongst the stars. “Excerpts From The Wandering Mind” is Mary-Lisa’s first collection of poems and she is currently working on her next book to be released in 2022. She recently created an e-book, namely, "Voices From the Universe," for her subscribers which is available for download via BookFunnel. She is a university graduate having majored in English Literature and continues to nurture her ongoing writing education at a local college. She is a member of the Ontario Poetry Society and various writers’ groups.