In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, an American teen recounts the strange events that occur after she moves into a new—and very haunted—home with her family in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.
Letters, photographs, and a journal…all left behind in the harrowing aftermath.
Following her parents’ high-profile divorce, Paige and her brother are forced to move to Idaho with their mother, and Paige doesn’t have very high hopes for her new life. The small town they’ve moved to is nothing compared to the life she left behind in LA. And the situation is made even worse by the drafty old mansion they’ve rented that’s filled with spiders and plenty of other pests that Paige can’t even bear to imagine.
Pretty soon, strange things start to happen around the house—one can of ravioli becomes a dozen, unreadable words start appearing on the walls, and Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house late at night. And there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor who seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on.
Things only get creepier when she learns about the cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost one hundred years earlier. The more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: there’s something in the house, and whatever it is…and it won’t be backing down without a fight.
About the Author
M. Verano has been searching for evidence of paranormal activity for most of his career. He is currently preparing another diary to further prove his theories.
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Diary of a Haunting
New year, new journal! Or well, new attempt at old journal.
I haven’t posted here in forever. I can’t believe I even remember the password. All my old posts are so ridiculous. I’m not even friends with those people anymore. I used to get so worked up about this or that boy, or who was passing notes in math class. All that stuff seems far away now, ever since Real Life came along and punched me in the face.
From now on I am only posting locked entries—I don’t think anyone I know is still on this site anyway, but just in case. It’ll be kind of a relief to have one place where I can be completely honest . . . even if it doesn’t always make me look that great.
But really, it’s everyone else who look like assholes right now. I just . . . I cannot believe my dad. My dad! The person I loved and admired most in this world, who I looked up to . . .
It’s been six months, but I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that he was having an affair. That now he has a new wife, that he has no interest in even seeing me and Logan anymore. I mean, he says he does, but that seemed like it was more for the judge than for us. I can hardly blame the new girl for not wanting to deal with stepkids, what with her being all of TWENTY-TWO.
And the worst thing is what a cliché it is. It’s not like I completely lived in a bubble. I was semi-aware that Hollywood producers don’t have the greatest record of staying married to one woman their whole lives . . . especially when that woman was a beautiful young movie star when they got married. And that’s exactly what all the industry rags are saying, *obviously*. It feels like everyone outside these four walls is actually yawning at how lame and predictable this divorce is, my dad trading Mom in for the younger version.
I don’t know, I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am. Call me naive, but I really believed our family was different. We used to joke about it around the dinner table, how all that Hollywood gossip would never affect us because Mom and Dad were real people, not like the stereotypical plastic LA-types. They even named me Paige and not, like, Starfruit or Crash or some absurd celebaby name. But haha, turns out the joke is on me. And I’m the only one who didn’t see the punch line coming a mile away.
Well, me and Mom. If anyone is handling this worse than I am . . .
And that’s the thing. Part of me is really glad to see her starting to get back on her feet at last. It’s definitely a step up from alternately sobbing and staring off into space, or screaming into her phone at her lawyer—though that was good in a way, because it got her a fat settlement (another good thing about my parents being “real people” is they didn’t have a prenup, like the rest of Hollywood). So there’s that at least.
Does that sound awful?
Mercenary. That’s what the New Girl called Mom, according to TMZ (which I have stopped reading, obviously, but the kids in school insist on feeding me every gross detail).
But whatever, the whole point of this journal is for me to be able to say these ugly things and not feel bad about it. So there it is: I am glad that if Dad has to be a scumbag and ruin everybody’s life, at least we get some money out of it.
And I’m glad Mom is doing better. I really am. But I wish she could find a way of getting better that’s less disruptive to *my* life. Haven’t I been through enough upheaval this year? Now, in addition to losing my family, I’m also about to lose all my friends, my school, my room, everything that is familiar to me, all so Mom can follow her dream out in . . . God, it makes me cringe to even say it. Idaho.
IDAHO. Is that not just . . . completely psychotic or what? Is that even a real place? I guess Cassie and Mackenzie went there last year to ski, but I don’t think we’re moving to the ski-resort part.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Such a creepy story. I’m always up for a haunting and got a good one here. When her parents get divorced and her mother uproots them and moves to an old mansion in Idaho, Paige and her little brother have to accept it and adjust. They probably would have settled in and begun over soon enough, except something is wrong with their new home. Things move around by themselves. Words appear written on the walls. And her brother begins to act strange. Then there’s the weird neighbor that lives downstairs. What’s his story? I fell into this story quickly and the author wasted no time building the creepy atmosphere. So many weird things started happening and the suspense built up. Plenty of interesting characters prowl through the story, and I enjoyed seeing what would happen to who. With it not being an easy mystery to figure out and plenty of bizarre scenarios, I had a haunting good time.
Ok, so I don't know how to exactly explain this book, given how unbelievably unique it is, but I'll try. This book tries to say it's a real diary, but I don't know how true that is. A girl, along with her mother and little brother move into this home that is haunted, even though it takes the family long enough to actually figure that out. They have signs the whole time - bugs staying in one spot no matter what they do to get rid of them, the creepy bedroom, etc. There really isn't too much to say about this book without spoiling it, other than the fact that I loved it and the ending left me in shock, which isn't really something that happens often. The book isn't gory like the normal scary book, because it's more of a thriller written in the diary entries of a teenage girl. I liked it a lot, and I will probably read it again soon. I definitely recommend this!
4.5 STARS I am devoting the last two weeks of October to reading "scary" or suspenseful books. If I can. I am sure there are enough out there to keep me busy, but sometimes a light and fluffy wants to sneak in. I hate Halloween more than anything, but I love scary movies, and scary books. So I figured, to help me not hate Halloween so much and try to get into the "spirit" I would read some creepy books :). I really enjoyed this book. Paige moves from LA to Idaho. She goes from a life of luxury to a life of country living. I think I would like it, but who knows. I think when it was mentioned she moved to Idaho, that I knew things would be bad. hehehe. Idaho is not one of my favorite places. I started this book today, and could not put it down. I love reading books that read like this. Paige goes from being the "cool" girl at school to the social pariah. Her only "real" friend is a girl named Chloe. Chloe thinks that Paige's house is haunted, and wants to check it out. Paige invites her over one day, since she doesn't have any real friends anyway. Paige and Chloe stay up late one night and decide to take a field trip around the house. They find a stair way with a door that has a glow coming from it. Automatically Paige stiffens in fear. There is a hum coming from her brothers room, that no one seems to hear but Paige. Logan keeps waking up at night and coming into Paige's room. There are things going on that no one can explain. Paige keeps a running tab of journal entries that kept me turning pages. Each night something happens. Spiders, flies....there really is so much going on in this house and no one can see it. This story unravels in a way I totally didn't see coming. I probably should have. Most people might have, but I didn't. This is an exciting book, it kept me on my toes the whole time, was just creepy. It's a great story for this time of year. Or anytime really....but especially this time of year :).
The book itself was pretty good but the ending was kinda confusing and probably could have been put together better. I still really enjoy it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery with a chilling backstory.