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Posted December 9, 2008
strong haunted house tale
Three years old Josh Keller screams in severe pain waking up his sleeping parents. His migraine medication fails to relieve him from his latest headache in what has been an almost unrelenting series of pain suffered by the kid. Jenna and David decide to rush him to the hospital, but he dies in his mom¿s arms. --- Several years later, the Kellers have not recovered from their loss. They move to a new home with their other child Miles and his maternal grandmother Martha recovering from a debilitating stroke Jenna and David hope to put the tragedy behind them. However, they begin seeing and hearing weird things. Jenna sees a toddler who appears and disappears magically out of thin air Martha watches children playing on the backyard swings only to see them vanish Miles watches an obese man coming from out of his floor every night finally David is awakened every night by the sound of children in the backyard. They will soon learn from a neighbor Lily the psychic that the violent truth is in the past in the basement. --- This is a strong haunted house tale that though somewhat typical of the genre grips the audience because there is a sense that Josh is involved either reaching towards his parents from the grave or through a psychologically disturbed mother. The story line provides a deep atmosphere of foreboding that something malevolent resides in the new house will bring danger to the living occupants while at the same time believe that the love for his parents and the innocence of the late toddler would never let that happen. Ray Garton provides a great horror tale refreshed by the question of whether Josh is the center of the paranormal happenings. --- Harriet Klausner
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Posted January 11, 2006
Garton at his best!
This book is pure Garton at his best. The Loveliest Dead is a haunted house novel, but it is a *scary* haunted house novel, not merely formulaic. Garton provides a believable cast of characters whom we come to care about. And then rips reality out from under them. It's been a long time since a book made me keep reading into the night...and then turn a light on before going to bed. The Loveliest Dead was a nice surprise from one of my favorite authors, and I hope to read more by him soon.
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Posted May 1, 2012
The plot was sound, the characters believable. I enjoyed the author's version of the professional ghost/demon hunters & immediately knew who had inspired those characters. All in all a good book to pass the hours with. I didn't want to put it down! However, there were typos and formatting problems in some sections of the nook version. That's the only reason I gave it 4 & not 5 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2006
First time Garton reader
I went to the book store to pick up a new horror book and had no I idea what to get. I looked upon this book on the shelf , read the back and found it interesting. I had no idea I would be hooked on it and finish it in two days. I just couldn't put the book down. I will definately get more of his books in the future.It's a must read for people that love ghost stories, suspense and horror. I loved it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2006
To most people it's just a large house, old and a bit run-down. To the Kellar family it's a new start, a chance to wipe out the painful past and begin again. But soon it will become a living nightmare. The terrors begin before the Kellars have even finished unpacking. They hear things, see things, shadowy glimpses into the impossible, things that are there-and then gone. Who are the mysterious children playing on the rusty, vine-covered swing set in the backyard? Who is the figure sitting in the dark corner of the bedroom at night? Who - or what - waits in the basement? They are the dead and they cannot rest. Horror stalks the halls of the Kellar house. And the secrets of the past are reaching from beyond the grave to destroy the living.
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