Official Review: Stillwell by Michael Phillip Cash

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Official Review: Stillwell by Michael Phillip Cash

Post by klbradley » 06 Jan 2017, 22:35

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Stillwell" by Michael Phillip Cash.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash is a paranormal themed novel which was published in 2013. As the author of several other successful books involving paranormal activities, Cash proves to have a lot to offer. At under 150 pages, this was a short and enjoyable read, one that could be easily read in a single sitting.

The main character in the story is Paul Russo, a father of three and a recent widow. Losing his wife to a brain tumor at a young age was the hardest thing Paul could ever imagine having to endure, but that was nothing compared to the distress that came along with trying to fight the demon holding his wife’s soul hostage. This novel starts off with showing the depths of Paul’s grief from losing his wife. The sadness that is expressed feels so real and raw, making for an emotional ride to learn more about the family. Along with attempting to help his beloved wife, Paul is trying to make ends meet financially by going back to his real estate job.

When a multi-million-dollar listing, known as Stillwell, lands on Paul’s desk, he knows he shouldn’t pass it up. However, as bad as he needs the money, Paul has a bad feeling about the home that is said to be haunted. Hearing the stories is one thing, but when Paul starts to witness strange happenings for himself, he can’t seem to clear his mind of the negative energy that surrounds the new listing. Paul soon finds out that in order to set his wife’s soul free from the monster that is holding her, he must find out what happened at the Stillwell home more than two hundred years ago.

The secondary characters in the story consisted mainly of Paul’s children, family, and co-workers. All the characters in the story were expressed with believable personalities, and each were developed in their own way. Paul was immediately a likeable character, and although he doesn’t want everyone’s sympathy, it was easy to feel sorry for his character. Paul proves time and time again how he was a great husband, and continues to be an impeccable father to his children. Along with Paul, I found that I really liked the character of Lisa, Paul’s sister. Lisa does everything she can to help Paul’s family with adjusting to their new lives. She tackles school assignments with the kids, and she’s continuously there for Paul as a shoulder to lean on.

The writing style of Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island was quick-paced and smooth, exactly what is needed for a short novel of this genre. I have always been a fan of paranormal stories, and my favorites are always the ghost stories. Stillwell did not disappoint with holding my interest and keeping the scare factor engaged. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars and would gladly recommend it to others who enjoy reading ghost stories. I am happy to report that I found no editing errors along the way, which made for a smooth read. As with most stories in the paranormal genre, there are some sections that would not be appropriate for young readers.

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Post by anneloretrujillo » 07 Jan 2017, 23:00

I just read this book, and I loved it! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great job on your review!

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Post by klbradley » 08 Jan 2017, 05:06

anneloretrujillo wrote:I just read this book, and I loved it! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great job on your review!
Thank you! I'm glad you did as well!
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Post by bookowlie » 08 Jan 2017, 11:31

Great review! The plot sounds interesting. It's nice that the characters are believable since that's not often the case in paranormal books. I am sorry to say that the book doesn't seem like my cup of tea. I am a scaredy cat. :)
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Post by klbradley » 08 Jan 2017, 11:32

bookowlie wrote:Great review! The plot sounds interesting. It's nice that the characters are believable since that's not often the case in paranormal books. I am sorry to say that the book doesn't seem like my cup of tea. I am a scaredy cat. :)
Thank you! I'm definitely a thrill seeker, so this was perfect for me!
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Post by bookowlie » 08 Jan 2017, 11:52

Not me. :) I am the one who closes my eyes at the movies during the scary parts!
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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 11 Jan 2017, 13:38

Great review! Sounds like a book that would keep anyone's attention. Also sounds like it could be made into a movie.
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Post by klbradley » 11 Jan 2017, 13:47

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:Great review! Sounds like a book that would keep anyone's attention. Also sounds like it could be made into a movie.
I think it would made a great movie!
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I have read this book before, and I love the fact that you liked it too. It keeps the reader intrigued.

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Post by klbradley » 10 Jul 2017, 00:28

Thank you!
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Jul 2017, 07:36

If you like supernatural books, this definitely sounds like the way to go. I'm not sure this one is for me, but I appreciate the review!
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Post by klbradley » 10 Jul 2017, 07:48

I really enjoyed this one!
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Post by Jeconiaomolo » 10 Jul 2017, 08:16

The review is great! But to me ghost stories are never points of my enjoyment in most books. This book sounds scaring to me from the word go.
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Post by klbradley » 10 Jul 2017, 09:10

This one was a fun read! But also, I enjoy scary.
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Post by MsTri » 15 Oct 2017, 19:22

I too love paranormal and supernatural stories and this one sounds like a great read, aside from the sadness Paul experiences. I'll put it in my Must Read list.

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