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The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller
     

The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller

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by Joe Hart
 
Evan Tormer is haunted.

His life has been shattered by events beyond his control and regret is his constant companion. His wife is gone, lost to an unbeatable cancer. His son has been mentally and physically handicapped by a tragic accident. He's been fired for using company funds in a failed attempt to save his wife's life.

On a whim, Evan accepts an invitation

Overview

Evan Tormer is haunted.

His life has been shattered by events beyond his control and regret is his constant companion. His wife is gone, lost to an unbeatable cancer. His son has been mentally and physically handicapped by a tragic accident. He's been fired for using company funds in a failed attempt to save his wife's life.

On a whim, Evan accepts an invitation to housesit on a picturesque island in northern Minnesota. At first it seems like the perfect second chance for he and his son to recover and rebuild their life together.

But there is something very, very wrong with the house and all that occupies it. And worst of all, Evan doesn't know if the house is haunted...

...Or if it's all in his mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615925523
Publisher:
Black Spine Books
Publication date:
11/19/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
951,939
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
19269684 7 months ago
This is my second read by Joe Hart, the first being Outpost. This time it's a novella, but still a quick read. The Waiting. It's a haunting tale about a guy who's lost almost everything- his wife, his son's mental faculties, even his job. It's when he's sent to a cabin, through a friend, to stay and stabilize from his life's tragedies that things become phantasmic. Evan can't get his mind together, especially when he believes he can turn back time to make things right with the help of a grandfather clock that's gathered a horrific past... This book is pretty cool. It's not as good as the other story- I almost feel as though Outpost is a piece to this tale. Hart's got something with cabins on lakefront property. I loved how Evan was slowly driven mad- the hauntings, his repetitive ramblings and experiences that can easily drive the reader, right along with him, into madness. In a good way! It moved a bit slow, but not enough to make me quit the story. On the contrary, it was just enough to keep me interested. I can't give this one a five-spec rating, like his short story, but I can say it was a decent read. I hope to grab another by this guy and see how it fares. On to the next read! *For the full review: bit.ly/TheWaitingNovel Ratings: of 5 specs *The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is next. **Book is from my personal library.
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
No More Waiting: This was my first experience with a Joe Hart creation, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. This marvelous story required very little set-up, so I was able to jump right in with both feet. I had the privilege of learning and seeing the story unfold in time with the main character. There were no lengthy or unnecessary descriptors, and for this, I thank the author, as the reverse is so often the case. Mr. Hart did an excellent job of preserving the surprises for the opportune revelatory moments without being repetitive or insulting my intelligence as a reader. I didn't experience any superfluous misdirection or red herrings, just pure suspense. being such an avid reader of paranormal fantasy and horror, my opinion is often that there can never bee too many hauntings, demons, ghosts, witches or other paranormal and occult elements, so I often feel left wanting more. That was not so with this book. it contained just the right amount of personal struggle, human emotion, and otherworldly delights. Upon turning the last page, there was a brief moment where I considered that the ending was a little too neatly wrapped up, but then it occurred to me how very refreshing that actually can be. I cannot count the times I've read a book or watched a television series that was never seen through to fruition, for whatever the reason, so to have a complete experience such as this, from begging to end, was really a treat. I truly enjoyed, "The Waiting," and am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To call "The Waiting" a ghost story does not do it justice.  It is so much more than that.  It is, in many ways, a love story.  But again, that doesn't do it justice.  What it is, is a damn good story.   Evan Tormer is a widower caring for his mentally disabled son, Shaun, when life takes another turn for the worse and he is left unemployed.  His longtime best friend, Jason, offers to let him live in the family cabin as a caretaker.  Living in the cabin would not only help Evan financially, but it would allow the struggling author to finish his book.  The Tormers move to the home which is situated on an island called "The Fin" and try to begin life anew.  But, as is the case with most ghost stories, everything isn't as it seems. The book is amazingly well written, with richly developed characters and an environment that I almost lost myself in.  Evan's dedication and love for his son is believable and heart-wrenching.  His grief for the loss of his wife was palpable through each page of the novel.  "The Waiting" is a story of love, loss, regret and insanity.   Joe Hart is a new author for me, however this will not be the last book of his that I read.  His writing style reminds me somewhat of Stephen King, but probably more so of King's son - Joe Hill.  He's descriptive, but not as verbose as King.  If you enjoy ghost stories, I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books by Joe Hart.