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Posted January 23, 2012
Started this book last night and finished it around 2pm this afternoon. Yes, I stayed up after I got off work to finish the book though I kept telling myself I’d stop after one more chapter all the way to the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There is so much about the book that I really liked. His talk about chasing fireflies, his descriptions of a small town bent on not being yanked into the 21st century, the fields, the woods, the farm and even the house made me homesick for a home I never had. It was so idyllic that I wanted it to be my home – minus the parents that is. To sit out on a large porch watching the sunset with only the sound of the bullfrogs breaking the silence – to look up not only at zillions of stars but also thousands of fireflies – to feel that sense of peace of mind…wow, it really spoke to me.
It wasn’t hard to figure out what was going on though I found myself getting angry with Jacob a time or two for his bullheadedness. He was so blind but then, that is what the book is about, him realizing his mistakes and claiming his home. The moral of the story is keep your promises – don’t promise stuff lightly with no intention of fulfilling it. Promises made and broken affect more than just yourself and can hurt a person so much that they can’t forget it, even after death.
The book is not scary – the ghosts are very friendly and nothing scary happens through the whole thing. It goes to show that not every ghost story has to involve ghosts bent on revenge or death. I found the ghosts endearing and wouldn’t mind being haunted if it were by good ghosts.
Before I went to bed I was thinking I would give the book a C because I was so disgusted with Jacob for being so stubborn. However, now that I’m refreshed and rested, I easily give the book an A because it made me think, it entertained me and it was well written.
Posted April 25, 2010
Jacob returns to the place where he grew up in North Carolina - Maryfield. He even moves back into the home where he spent his childhood. Nothing seems to be going right for Jacob. He loses his stuff, his car gets stolen and the people who live there give vicious stares without explanation. Little does Jacob know, this is just the beginning. There is more going on than he could have ever imagined.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If you scare easily don't read this before going to bed because this is one of the most terrifying tales I have ever read. When you're in the mood for a good ghost story, pick this up, you won't be disappointed.
Posted March 6, 2010
exciting rural regional horror thriller
He chose to remain in Boston after graduating from college; disappointing his parents as the visits back to Mayfield, North Carolina grew shorter in length and longer in gap. His father died five years after Jacob Logan finished school and his mother ten years later. Now with his business failing, Jacob retreats to his hometown where his family home has been maintained by his late mom's creepy elderly friend Carl Powell.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Back home, Jacob finds no peace though he initially assumes it is because he failed to see his parents much after going off to college in New England. However, as unexplained things occur like the theft of his car from his driveway without a sound, Jacob concludes his life and those he still cherishes are in jeopardy although he is unsure from what or why. He must solve the enigma of the townsfolks odd behavior towards him, the spirits of his parents haunting him from their nearby graves, and more so the torrential rain of fireflies that seem everywhere except on or near his estate.
This is an exciting rural regional horror thriller that grips young adult readers from the moment Jacob returns to a home that fails to welcome the prodigal son back. The story line is action-packed, but at times overwhelms the audience with too much unanswered piled on. Still this is an entertaining haunting as Jacob learns you can't go home unless the fireflies welcome you back.
Posted March 5, 2012
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Posted May 21, 2011
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