By: J Lincoln Fenn
Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
Year published: 2013
Date read: 12/9/13
Summary: It’s Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It’s the one-year anniversary of his parents’ deaths, he’s stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries.
But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignment to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion.
There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he’s about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. When Dimitri wakes up, he is in the morgue—icy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit.
As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must play detective in his own story and unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, the female spirit, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn’t, it’s quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.
I had seen this advertised on my Kindle, added it to my TBR list on Goodreads and then the author sent me a friend request. Seeing her posts on the books and some of the reviews for this book made me want to read it all the more. I just had to read this book and went and borrowed the book from Amazon Prime (my first book borrowed in like two years of having Prime haha).
As soon as I started the story, I was hooked and ended up reading the first 30% in one sitting. A few days passed before I was able to pick the Kindle back up and, because of her and her book, I had two sleepless nights because I just could not put the story down. It was that good.
The story in itself is very interesting, the mystery was exciting and the characters were ones you could really relate to, ones you wanted to know more about. The way things kept fitting together was wicked, I loved the creepy moments and how he got his information (you'll have to read it to find out) was really cool.
The main character (Dimitri) is one of those anti-heroes (anyone who follows my reviews knows I'm a sucker for those) and his sarcasm cracks me up. Lisa and her family (Elizabeth, Amelia - and Daniel) are interesting and prove that all of us have one of THOSE families.
Comment to author: I've seen you say stuff about how people have said you need to write a sequel (that sounds so stalker haha) - I completely agree with them!! :)
Favorite line: (I have a few)
1) "Obituary writer dies in haunted house. No one mourns."
2) Newspaper article title: "September, 1972. How to tell if your child is a hippie."
3) "'This is going to sting a bit,' she says, pouring some over the sole of my foot. Understatement of the century - is like someone has dipped my foot in acid."
Favorite characters: Amelia (I freaking love her), Dimitri and Nachiel