4 out of 4 stars
Review by rachel_jacks
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This story was such a refreshing read after reading so many poorly revised books. The story had a steady flow that gave the reader enough of the day-to-day details without bogging down the progression of the story. I would describe it as a page turner due to the constant suspense that builds throughout the story. Cash's writing style is natural and easy to read. I noted a few places that seemed to be missing words, probably due to editing/formatting errors. I would not say that they detracted from the book, but it would be nice to see them replaced.
As a big fan of ghost stories, I expected many of the typical "haunting" elements to be present, such as cold air, odd smells/sounds, apparitions, etc. I was not disappointed. Aside from making sure to include the typical ghost story nuances, Cash added an interesting plot twist involving ties between the present and the historic past. Although I was a little disappointed by the ending, I would strongly recommend this novel to fans of ghost stories, historical suspense novels, and mystery readers. There is some PG-13 content, as would be expected in this type of novel, but there is never overly gruesome details, so it is a little tamer for more sensitive or younger readers.
I have never lost anyone close to me, so I could not relate to Paul on that level, but I think part of the message from this story comes from losing someone you love. Paul is dealing with inner demons, so to speak, as evidenced by his depressive symptoms described in the prologue and throughout the story. He is not able to deal with the demons in his life until he has learned to face the inner demons that are holding him back from accepting his wife's death. Throughout the story, Paul struggles to return normalcy to his and his family's lives because he is holding on to the life they used to have when his wife was alive. As he learns more about the paranormal history of the estate he is selling, he also learns more about how to move on from her death and be a better provider for his family.
I was extremely happy with this selection and enjoyed reading Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash. I would award it 4 out of 4 stars for being an excellent and easy read.
Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island
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