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Hallowtide based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
People can be haunted by so many things. The word "haunted" makes one think of loneliness, fear, unexplainable occurrences, and above all, ghosts. Hauntings in any circumstance are scary but what if it was you that was haunted? By yourself? The author captures the feeling where you're alone at night in your home and you feel uneasiness which then leads to sharp terror and then finally self indulging doubt. It's a feeling almost everyone has experienced but few authors can put those experiences in the mind to words. "Davis took another ten steps until his bare feet met cool tile instead of the worn carpet, and that indeed, the garage door was standing open, breathing the metallic air into the house. Davis's blood ran cold and his breath stalled. He he left it open? His mind killed the question as soon as it was posed. No. Of course not. He closed the door behind him. At this point he was awake and functioning, not still drifting through some sleepy place of memory and dreams and forgetfulness. But the open door would beg to differ." Pfeiffer explores the hidden and dirty corners of our own minds and the people that haunt us, both dead and alive. He combines ideas of personal hell and makes darker emotions like guilt and rage almost become characters in themselves. Above all, I believe this is a love story; (albeit a creepy love story) a story that makes the reader question how far they would be willing to walk into hell for their partner. How would you change for them and how far would you be willing to walk into their OWN hell with them? "She'd rather wake from nightmares in his arms than wake from blank pages alone." In no way am I saying this is your typical ghost story. You won't find any wailing sheet-wearing spirits in this novel but you may find yourself double checking that you locked your door at night. It ranges from being look-behind-your-shoulder creepy to outright gruesome. "...bugs and wasps and flies still crawled across Will, slithering in and out of his cracked skin..." Slimy words like these glare at you from the pages you're reading but along with these, Pfeiffer leaves us with the impression that sometimes our own ghosts; the ghosts that we create, are the scariest hauntings of all.
Karl Pfeiffer’s Hallowtide is an intense read from beginning to end. At the most basic level, the book is about Will and his journey through Hell, which takes place in his dreams. On a deeper level, it has the reader thinking about our brains and the subconscious when we experience a traumatic event. What is real? It’s a question that will plague you throughout the entire book. Pfeiffer interweaves past, present, fantasy, and reality with such fluidity that it takes the reader on a wild ride of emotions, and leaves them on the edge of their seats. His writing is beautifully crafted and almost poetic. The characters are very well-developed. Once I started the book, I could not put it down. It came highly recommended by my daughter, and all I can say is I’m glad she recommended it to me.