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My title says it all--this certainly is not a great book, and is not terribly original, but it was well written, well-paced, and engaging enough to keep my attention, so I enjoyed reading it and felt like it was worth the $3 I paid for the kindle version.
I described this to a friend as The Breakfast Club meets The Haunting of Hill House, and it's something like that: a group of teens, some angst-ridden, and a haunted dorm. True, the teens were pretty much types: the depressed girl, the jock, the slut, the musician, the nerd. But they were still well developed enough as characters that I became interested in them and concerned for them.
The plot is pretty basic, though the writer does a good job of bringing in a lot of interesting horror story elements: ghosts (or not?), Ouija boards, possession, etc, and the book is wonderfully atmospheric. Often, in a book like this which is not a new tale, what I'm interested in is the way the writer plays with tradition--adding her own touches to something done before. I liked the way she played with weather (dark and stormy nights, but she made her descriptions much more original) and with the elements of haunting and possession. And the book is well paced. Honestly, I wasn't going to buy it after reading some of the reviews, but I read the sample chapter and found I wanted to know what happened to the characters, so I got it, and I meant to take this book to read on a trip, but found I'd compulsively consumed it all before I ever left! So the writer gets good marks for pacing and plotting that makes you want to continue reading, even if it's not new ground.
There was a lot of willing suspension of disbelief for me in this novel, though. There were so many things that just didn't ring true (an odd thing to say about a horror novel, I know, when being "realistic" is not the point). There appeared to be no adults supervising the dorms at the college, and no employees there at all. I kept thinking how so many of things were a lawsuit waiting to happen : fireplaces, leaving students entirely unattended over a break, and of course, the fact that the police let suspects go without a real questioning. Power was out sometimes, though apparently there was still a "blue glow" from the laundry room--how would that be if the power was out? I decided just to let go of all those things, and go with the story, and that made it enjoyable.
At least it was well written enough on a sentence level that I would be willing to read more of this writer's work, and it was very readable. So not a great book, but not bad if you can pick it up cheap or at your library, and if you enjoy classic horror that is more about atmosphere and tension that is about gore and shock value. I like those kind of books, myself, so I found it worth reading.