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Featured Review: Unspeakable Acts by Janet Leigh Green

Post by gali » 16 Jul 2016, 02:59

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Unspeakable Acts" by Janet Leigh Green.]
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Unspeakable Acts by Janet Leigh Green is a gripping supernatural horror debut. I love ghost stories, so I was immediately drawn in by the premise. The author created a good atmospheric story that will truly grip you. There is nothing like a good paranormal/ghost hunting story to get your juices flowing!

It isn't your typical ghost story, and the spirits aren't your run-of-the-mill cast either. This is a chilly tale of a haunted home, restless entities, and raw evil. It isn't over-scary, though some parts were spooky and spine-tingling. A horny entity visits our heroine, Charlie Love, in the biblical sense. Yes, you read right, but I better start from the beginning.

Charlie, a successful artist, just broke up with her boyfriend of the past three years. She now lives on her own in her newly renovated house situated in Leigh, Texas. Each night a strong menacing presence is taking over her mind and body and has its way with her. And the worst part of it?! She enjoys it and sometimes even craves for it! Imagine that!
With the help of two handsome paranormal investigators, Doug and Scott McQueen, and their side kick, a psychic by the name of Sheila, they try to figure out what's going on. They befriend Charlie and soon come to realize that she is a definite part of what goes on. Soon they find themselves entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past. As they delve further into the mystery, more secrets are revealed, passion ignites, and evidences of unspeakable acts, come to light.

The story follows our multiple narrators as it flows smoothly back and forth through time, tracking the tangled chain of how the lot of them are connected. The way the author went back and forth between past and present kept me engaged and wanting to know what was coming next. Ghosts, romance, mystery, a gothic feel, skeletons in the closet, literarily, this book has everything a reader wants in a paranormal mystery. The banter between characters creates much of the comic relief throughout the book. Charlie was definitely refreshing to read about. I love it when the heroine isn't the whining type, but also allows herself to be treated like a damsel. The book carries a punch that will leave you reeling and wanting more. I looked for a read that could give me the chills, the laughs, the romance, and the action and got it in spades!

This book was easy to read, but a few things interrupted the flow of the story. The writing style was somewhat stilted at times and could use some smoothing out. There were numerous run-on sentences and a notable lack of commas. A scattering of commas should be added throughout! In some cases pronouns changed right in the middle of the sentence (from third person to first person), which confused me at first. There was some telling instead of showing in some sections, thought it didn't bother me much. Oh, and the book has two endings, a thing I found redundant.

Saying that, I enjoyed the story immensely. It was creepy, mysterious, fast-paced and full of shocking revelations. It carries themes of love, loss, abandonment, relationship, friendships, fallible human nature, good vs. evil, with a
punch! The author did a great job weaving the two story lines together. Each chapter is clearly labeled with the year to help the reader follow along. Another thing I greatly enjoyed is the way suspense is gradually built as the story progresses. Each detail given adds to the anticipation and the intrigue. The strange occurrences that happen here may be not give you chills, but they will keep you at the edge of your seat for sure. Of course, the reader needs to suspend belief to fully enjoy the story.

You should note that there are a few, select graphic scenes and some cringe inducing moments. There is also a bit of strong language and sexual content, so I would only recommend this book to a mature audience. Although it is the first book in the McQueen Investigation Series, it is a standalone. I truly can't wait for the next book in the series! I enjoyed the story immensely so rate it 3 out of 4 stars, and I recommend it for fans of the genre who want some creepiness in a book without all-out horror.

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Post by klbradley » 17 Jul 2016, 08:51

Sounds interesting, to say the least! I might have to check this one out. I love a good ghost story!
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Post by bookowlie » 17 Jul 2016, 08:59

Great, insightful review. You made me laugh with the description "A horny entity visits...in the biblical sense." Glad you were able to enjoy the story despite the flaws.
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Post by gali » 17 Jul 2016, 09:03

Thank you both!

I enjoyed it and found it a fresh tale. :)
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Post by hsimone » 17 Jul 2016, 09:20

Great review, gali! The concept is definitely enticing, but I must say the fact that Charlie enjoys when the menacing presence has its way with her made me cringe a bit. :shock: Aside from its need for another editing job, I'm glad that you enjoyed the read! :)
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Post by gali » 17 Jul 2016, 09:28

hsimone wrote:Great review, gali! The concept is definitely enticing, but I must say the fact that Charlie enjoys when the menacing presence has its way with her made me cringe a bit. :shock: Aside from its need for another editing job, I'm glad that you enjoyed the read! :)
Thank you! :)

It isn't as bad as it sounds though, and there is an explanation to her "enjoyment" in the book.
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Post by hsimone » 17 Jul 2016, 09:30

gali wrote:
hsimone wrote:Great review, gali! The concept is definitely enticing, but I must say the fact that Charlie enjoys when the menacing presence has its way with her made me cringe a bit. :shock: Aside from its need for another editing job, I'm glad that you enjoyed the read! :)
Thank you! :)

It isn't as bad as it sounds though, and there is an explanation to her "enjoyment" in the book.
Oh, that's good to hear. The rest of it does sound pretty good!
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Post by Heenarathore » 18 Jul 2016, 07:18

Sounds like something I might enjoy. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the insightful review. :-)

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Post by gali » 18 Jul 2016, 10:38

Heenarathore wrote:Sounds like something I might enjoy. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the insightful review. :-)
Thank you. :)
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Post by CrescentMoon » 28 Jul 2016, 18:47

This sounds like a really interesting book. I love paranormal stories and mystery. I don't think I've read anything like this before, it sounds really unique and interesting. Great review!
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Post by fallenechoes » 28 Jul 2016, 20:34

This sounds very interesting. I may have to give it a read. Thanks for a good review!

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Post by gali » 28 Jul 2016, 22:40

fallenechoes wrote:This sounds very interesting. I may have to give it a read. Thanks for a good review!
Thank you. :)
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 02 Aug 2016, 15:53

Sounds interesting! Great review gali! :)
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Post by ebeth » 02 Aug 2016, 17:57

Great review, sounds interesting but it would not be something I would get myself to read because I scare easily. However after reading your review it makes me want to read it. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by Kate80 » 02 Aug 2016, 21:45

Great review! Is definitely a book I am now very keen to read

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