Ok, so he doesn’t really go into a Haunted House, but he writes about a group of folks who decide to spend the night there in order to receive a reward of a million dollars! Who wouldn’t want to tempt fate for a million bucks, I would! But wait, there’s more to this story than just surviving the night in a haunted house, first you must know it’s past, and all of the atrocities that happened there. From when slavery was the norm, to the 21st century, the Butler House has passed from one family member to the next. Each generation having done something to deserve their spot in hell, and each generation dying for what they’ve done, and sometimes killed by the phantoms of the previous generation!
Jack Kilborn is a skilled writer, and keeps you entertained while you sit up all night reading his books. He writes Thrillers as well as Sci-Fi (under a different name) and also writes intrigue novels (also under a different name). It must make it hard to keep track of who you are with so many names! But what he does is write well. His characters are believable, and easy to relate to. You feel for his characters, and you identify with one or two of them right from the start.
This book was an amalgamation of many characters from previous books, but it didn’t feel like I was missing anything while I read it. It didn’t matter to me what happened previously, as it was enough to understand that something did happen previously. The way these characters are affected by their past definitely had a role in how they reacted to their present, but it wasn’t necessary to know the details.
As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were a character or two that I had seen before (in Afraid) which meant I did know something about at least some of the characters. Whether that made me enjoy the book more or not, I can’t really say, but I do know that when I read Afraid, I was eager to read more from Jack Kilborn, and was pleasantly surprised when Haunted House came out. 🙂
Afraid was the novel I read just before I took a detour with my Odd Thomas and Dan Brown diversions, and it was another good book. Each of the books I read by Jack Kilborn, so far, have been good reads that entertain me and make me happy, as well as make me feel for those poor folks who find themselves in some pretty dire situations. Afraid and Haunted House are pretty obviously novels about terror and suspense, and each one handles this a bit differently, and turn around in slightly different ways. In Afraid, I was not really sure where things were headed, but I have to admit, in Haunted House, I was pretty convinced on what the ending was going to turn out like.
I’m never sure if I’m happy when I guess correctly the ending of a story, or if I’m disappointed. But one thing for sure, I enjoy the trip along the way! Next work of fiction to grace my Kindle is “The Amun Chamber” and having already gotten part way through it, I’m definitely feeling an “Indiana Jones” vibe. This book is written by Daniel Leston, and I’ll tell you more about it when I’m finished. In the meantime, be sure to keep a good book handy!