Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Blog Tour Stop - The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto

The Haunting Season

Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. 

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

About the Author 

Long bio:

Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she's doing what she loves best - writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season.

Short Bio:

Michelle Muto lives in northeast Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She loves changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book.


My Review

Holy crap. This is one of the best – and scariest – haunted house stories I’ve read. I don’t read a lot of horror but I love all things paranormal, and I was in the mood for a good ghost story. And wow, did this deliver.

The premise is simple enough: four teenagers sign up to spend a month in a haunted house as part of an investigation into the paranormal. All have different paranormal abilities: Jess used to see ghosts, Bryan has psychic abilities, Gage can apparently resurrect the dead, and Allison is terrified by the evil spirits she’s tied to - and thinks that there’s something particularly evil about Siler House. And she may be right – not only that the house has a sinister mind of its own, but also that there’s something wrong with the entire experiment. However, now the house has them under its spell, it won’t let them leave…

Michelle Muto does a superb job of creating a sinister atmosphere that gradually escalates. The plot is well-paced with unpredictable twists and some genuinely bone-chilling moments – a certain graveyard scene comes to mind! The characters are also well-developed, and the developing romance between Jess and Gage is a nice contrast to the scares.

I’ve previously reviewed one of Michelle Muto’s other novels, Don’t Fear the Reaper, and it’s difficult to say which I preferred since they’re vastly different in style despite both belonging to the paranormal genre. DFTR is bleaker in tone, dealing with heavy themes such as grief, whilst THS puts a more sinister spin on the idea of ghosts and spirits. I’m definitely giving this five stars – and I think it’ll be haunting me for a good while!

Rating: *****

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  1. Wow, that cover is stunning! As a fan of both horror and the paranormal, this really sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  2. Eek. I'm too much of a baby to read horror, but I loved the review! :)

    1. Thanks :) I don't read that much horror, but I do love a good ghost story!

  3. I'm always looking for a good ghost story! This one sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the review.

    Erin @ YA Book Crush