Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Second Wife by Catherine Cavendish

Crossroad Press has recently published new editions of five of Catherine Cavendish's novellas: Cold Revenge, Miss Abigail's Room, The Demons of Cambrian Street, The Devil Inside Her and this one, The Second Wife.

When newlywed Chrissie Marchant moves into Baron Grove, her husband Joe's home, it becomes apparent that he may not be completely over the death of his first wife. A large picture of Emily Marchant still hangs in the living room, the house is still decorated just as it was when she died and Joe refuses to change anything. After a few unsettling experiences are accompanied by Emily's signature scent of vanilla, Chrissie realizes that maybe Joe's first wife hasn't moved on either.

I'm a huge fan of Catherine Cavendish. This is the sixth book I've read by her and she never disappoints. The Second Wife is a creepy and atmospheric ghost story.

The characters are well-developed. Chrissie is a relatable protagonist and her reasons for not wanting to leave after her ghostly encounters are understandable (her sister lives on the other side of the world and Joe is all she has) and make the story more believable, keeping me from constantly wondering why she didn't just leave every time something freaky happened to her. I hated Joe and didn't understand what Chrissie saw in him...I guess he's a rich and handsome doctor, but keeping a shrine to your dead wife after you remarry is weird and creepy.

At 110 pages, this is a quick read and can easily be read in one sitting. The novella gets to the spooky scenes by the second chapter and never lets up the suspense until the satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended for fans of gothic horror, ghost stories, or anyone looking for a chilling read.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, July 23, 2018

24 in 48 Wrap-Up

Total time read: 18 hours and 40 minutes

Total pages read: 826

Books read: the last 100 pages of The Sitter by R.L. Stine, The Manitou by Graham Masterton, I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan, The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall and Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks by Christoph Paul

I didn't post at all this weekend because I wanted to try to focus on reading but I still didn't manage to read for the full 24 hours.

I decided to start the readathon with a book that wasn't in my stack, The Sitter by R.L. Stine because I only had 100 pages left and I wanted to finish it. I think it's supposed to be one of his "adult" novels, but the only difference I could tell between this and a Fear Street book was the occasional curse word and sex scene. Disappointingly, there was the same amount of gore and deaths as in one of his YA books (and mostly animal deaths, in typical R.L. Stine fashion).

The book I enjoyed the most was The Manitou by Graham Masterton. It's weird, gory, creepy and basically everything I look for in a horror novel (and I love that stepback cover!). This is the fourth book I've read by Masterton and with this book he has earned a place as one of my favourite horror authors. The other novels by Masterton I've read—Walkers, Feast and Mirror—are all just as entertaining as The Manitou and I highly recommend all of them. I'm so happy that I was lucky enough to come across a bunch of Graham Masterton paperbacks at Value Village a few weeks ago!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

24 in 48 Readathon

Today is the 24 in 48 Readathon! Instead of reading for 24 hours straight, for this readathon, you have the whole weekend to read 24 hours. I'm going to try to read for 12 hours on Saturday and 12 hours on Sunday.

Books I plan on reading:
  1. The Manitou by Graham Masterton
  2. The Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III
  3. Camp by Alan Saperstein
  4. The Bad Seed by Willian March
  5. Harriet Said by Beryl Bainbridge
  6. The Glory Hand by Paul and Sharon Boorstin
  7. Letters From the Dead by Campbell Black
  8. Last Summer by Evan Hunter
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
  10. The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall
  11. Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks by Christoph Paul
  12. Camp Carnage by Elliot Arthur Cross
I'm probably not going to get through all these, but once I started adding books to my pile I just couldn't stop.