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Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

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Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#1 by rachel_jacks
» 14 Sep 2016, 16:07

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island" by Michael Phillip Cash.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Michael Cash debuts his second novel, Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, which is a suspense thriller set in modern times with ties to the 1700's. In this story, the reader follows the day-to-day life of Paul, a recently widowed husband with three children. Paul's late wife, Allison, was his childhood sweetheart and soulmate, so he was having a hard time dealing with her early death. In an effort to be a strong provider for his children again, Paul returns to work as a realtor. His most promising lead is an old estate with a haunted history. Despite the strange feelings, visions, and sounds he experiences on the property, and at home, Paul knows he needs the sale and tries to convince himself that these "happenings" are from lack of sleep. After an insightful psychic reading and a series of nightmares involving Allison, Paul starts looking into the murderous past residents of the historic home. What he finds makes him question everything.

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.

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Re: Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#2 by klbradley
» 26 Sep 2016, 08:33

I stumbled across this book in my local library several months ago. I was a little skeptical at first, but I totally agree with your rating! It was a great read!
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Re: Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#3 by rachel_jacks
» 26 Sep 2016, 09:02

klbradley wrote:I stumbled across this book in my local library several months ago. I was a little skeptical at first, but I totally agree with your rating! It was a great read!


That is awesome! I am glad you enjoyed the book and that you decided to take a chance on a new book. :)
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Post Number:#4 by bookowlie
» 26 Sep 2016, 09:22

Great review! I usually get creeped out by ghost stories, but you made this one sound so good. I am going to add it to my crazy long reading list. :) Glad you enjoyed the book!
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Re: Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#5 by rachel_jacks
» 26 Sep 2016, 10:08

If you like suspense/mystery, I think you will be safe. :) Although there are "ghosts" in the story, the real focus is on Paul's journey and his quest to uncover the history of the house he is trying to sell.
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Post Number:#6 by kimmyschemy06
» 27 Sep 2016, 08:07

Sounds like a great ghost story. I'm not much into ghost story as I get scared easily :) but I might give it a try. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Phillip Cash on such an obviously well written book.
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Re: Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#7 by AA1495
» 08 Oct 2016, 09:48

Glad you enjoyed the book. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the great review! :)
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Post Number:#8 by Sweet Angel
» 08 Oct 2016, 13:06

Like to read mystery and ghost stories. Looks interesting book and look forward to reading it. Great review
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Post Number:#9 by Rachel1019
» 06 Dec 2016, 10:14

Great job on the review! I enjoy ghost stories and historical fiction, so I think it is interesting that they have incorporated both genres into the same book. This sounds like a good read.
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Re: Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#10 by AA1495
» 06 Dec 2016, 12:38

I'm glad you enjoyed reading the book overall, despite being disappointed with the ending. Wish it was edited better. Thank You for the great review.
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Post Number:#11 by Celticlady
» 06 Dec 2016, 12:59

I love a good ghost story and a historical one at that is very intriguing. I will definitely be putting this one on my list of books to read! Great review!
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Post Number:#12 by Vermont Reviews
» 06 Dec 2016, 13:20

Superb review. I enjoyed today's preview.
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Post Number:#13 by mindyg123
» 06 Dec 2016, 13:25

Congrats on being BOTD! Love the review. I read this a few months ago and boy am I glad I did. I love stories about haunting and the author has an ability to draw you in and make you feel like you're right there watching everything. I couldn't put it down I read into the wee hours to finish it. Grab this one up if you're into this genre you won't be disappointed.
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Re: Official Review: Stillwell A Haunting on Long Island

Post Number:#14 by bluegreenmarina
» 06 Dec 2016, 13:38

I read the sample of this book just now which really grabbed me, and your review continues to make me think I would enjoy this. I am definitely picky when it comes to "ghost" stories but I like that this weaves back to a historical time and seems to also have a solid realistic component in the writing.
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Post Number:#15 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 06 Dec 2016, 13:44

This looks like a fantastic read. Sounds like the author does a good job relating the past with the present, all while dealing with the complex emotions a person goes through while losing a loved one. Wow - what a bang! The sample was well-written, so I think I would like this.
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