I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
SYNOPSIS: As far as her family knows, Julia Winward, a young American woman, has been missing in England for nearly a year. When her mutilated body is found floating in the Thames, her brother, Josh, is determined to find out what happened to his sister for all that time, and exactly who – or what – killed her.
But nothing Josh discovers makes any sense. Julia has been working for a company that went out of business sixty years ago, and living at an address that hasn’t existed since World War II. The only one who might have been able to help Josh is Ella, a strange young woman with psychic abilities. But the doors she can open are far better left closed. For behind these doors lie secrets that should never be revealed – secrets too horrible to imagine. – via Goodreads
After the last awful book from Masterton, I really wanted to try another one that was not part of the Katie Maguire series, see how I felt about it then. I have read his stuff before and enjoyed it, but that series sucks. Anyway, reading this was quite cool. It is a very quick read, even though it does get drawn out in places, it isn’t something that is going to occupy you for ages. The big reveal, so to speak, I figured out before the characters did, but that was no big deal. The story has a lot of potential, some that is explored, and other times where things are just glossed over and never satisfactorily answered. This is Masterton as I know him – weird supernatural horror, and it does not waste time getting where it needs to go, ripping you out of what you thought was a plain story. The characters are never really fleshed out, but are there merely to carry the concept and story, which is why it makes it difficult to really care about what is going on all the time, even though you are interested. There is a difference. Anyway, the pacing is good, the story is entertaining, albeit flawed, and I did not feel like I had wasted my time. There were moments where I felt the writing could have been tightened up so that things did not feel like they dragged in places, and other times I wish that the author had delved into some things more, to make them more meaningful as well as give us more insight into some of the goings on. Also (but this is typical for a horror novel), the logic is rather astonishing at the best of times. I am not always sure how certain leaps and bounds were made, as well as the reasoning behind a lot. Things happened in the book, too, that were they fleshed out better, would have carried a bigger bang. Also, the end is something that left me a big uncertain as to whether it was a stroke of genius or just lazy, but I would let each reader decide that for themselves. Anyway, not a bad read, and one that I enjoyed, and one I would recommend very easily over the Katie Maguire series, it flows well and is engaging from the outset, so well worth it.