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Posted September 10, 2012
The Girl is the second installment in the Southern Hauntings Saga, and it is an excellent continuation of the series. Crate Northgate is brought in to investigate the disappearance of a twelve year old girl that not everyone believes is dead. Her father, however, is convinced she is, and he is being haunted by her spirit.
Hall's prose is very fluid, and this is a moving story that the reader is immediately drawn into. The father's grief and pain is brought to life in a way that I think any reader can sympathize with, although Crate Northgate does not. Actually Nothgate's inability to do so made him more fleshed out and real to me; we learn a little bit more about his background in this story and the reason why he has the current homeless lifestyle he does. Overall this was a very good, short read. Hall's story telling abilities will have anyone who picks this up feeling like they are walking through the southern mountain woods right along side the characters. I am very much looking forward to the next installment, and highly recommend this one.
Posted August 18, 2012
Review of The Girl (The Southern Hauntings Saga #2) by Bryan Hall
Author Bryan Hall distinguishes himself in this series for making a
ghost story much more than just a temporary scare. Mr. Hall’s ghosts are
terrifying, yes (especially this one!) but more than that, they are
individuals with issues, hidden agendas, and purposes. Itinerant
ghost-handler (he’s not a psychic, he’s not a medium, he just helps
folks who have hauntings-he’ll tell you) Creighton Northgate (Crate)
stops off in a mountain hollow near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, called on by
the father of two daughters. Tom lost his younger daughter in the
summer, and she hasn’t been found. Her mother claims she’s a runaway,
her older sister Angie won’t talk about her, but Tom has “seen” her at
the edge of the woods, repeatedly. Crate sees her too, and now that
Crate’s at her home, young Amy becomes much more intent-and Crate’s
determined to find out the truth, despite angry mountain dwellers and
the shifting allegiances and uncertainties in Amy’s household.\ Even if
a reader doesn’t find ghost stories appealing, Bryan Hall’s Southern
Hauntings Saga is a must-read series!
Posted October 31, 2012
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