I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Waiting by Hunter Shea
Published by Samhain Publishing on April 1st 2014
BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS…
Clinging to life…haunted by the dead.
Newlywed Cassandra Pagano lies in a state between life and death, her body fed and preserved by the machines at her side. While she struggles, unaware of the world around her, someone waits—a boy. A phantom that appears solid, real, alive. Cassandra’s husband, Brian, sees him in the house, by her bedside, running down darkened hallways. The boy walks without sound, whispers words that can’t be deciphered.
Terror and tension are driving Brian to the breaking point. Why is the boy there, and what does he want with Cassandra…and her fading soul?
“It has all the makings for a classic ghost story. If you enjoy being spooked by ghastly little children with sinister intentions, this novella is definitely for you.” — Tim Meyer, Horror Novel Reviews
Available April, 2014! Published by Samhain Horror Publishing
Being a short story it’s hard to get into the character’s heads and get a really good feeling about them but I feel like Hunter did just that. I knew exactly what was going on and how Brian felt about his bride and then how he felt once she was in the coma.
The only downside I think this has is that it felt a little, hmm… I don’t want to use the word boring exactly but I was wondering where the story was going to go. But once you get to where you know what’s going on I realized that Hunter couldn’t have put anything in the beginning because it wouldn’t have added up. And then once I got to the ending, which again I loved, I was able to put everything together. Sure the beginning is a little slow but the plot actually increases gradually in intensity and I think it works overall.
Really good and now I cannot wait to read more of Hunter Shea’s stuff!
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. But he doesn’t just write about the paranormal. He actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them for himself, the he puts stories to the page.
His novels and novellas Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal, Swamp Monster Massacre, Sinister Entity, and The Waitingare published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. He’ll have The Montauk Monster out soon from Pinnacle/Kensington and Hell Hole from Samhain this summer.
He lives with my family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.
I’m also proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with my partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Our show is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. We explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.
Feel free to contact me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing is lonely work.