Book Review: She is a Haunting

She is a Haunting” is a YA book with generational horror, a haunted house, inner demons, and a look at the colonial oppression of a people; sounds like a lot over the course of 350 pages? It is.

I wanted to like this book with its vivid horror scenes and references to the harm done to the protagonist’s family’s ancestors. Still, the execution ultimately needed more polish, feeling disjointed in some areas to go as far as being tough to follow as it weaved between dreams, the present, and flashbacks. In addition, separate threads of the story didn’t unravel smoothly, such as the parts revolving around the character’s sexual identity. Specific devices to move the plot forward seemed too convenient regarding the haunting itself as well, leading to an abrupt ending.

Ultimately, I was middle of the road on this book, enjoying some parts while feeling pulled out of the story by others. I rounded this up to a 3 out of 5 stars and likely wouldn’t recommend it based on my tastes.

Happy reading!

Published by Chris Kauzlarich

I am an author and freelancer, creating stories and pushing forward my passion for spending my life working with the written word. I have been writing since my high school days to adulthood, moved over the years by my peers and the prose of the greats. Besides writing (and reading a lot) I spend my time being a dad to a beautiful little human that is growing too fast (along with parenting a few pet animals), a husband, and an avid traveler to the wilderness. I graduated from Purdue University and I live near Chicago, IL.

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