Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2012
My Copy: eBook, 229 pages
“I cowered away from him, unable to formulate a coherent sentence. Questions ran through my mind though none made it past my lips. I wondered how this could all be happening, what he wanted, and what major injustice I’d brought against the universe to bring a fate such as this upon me.
Perhaps being born was reason enough.”
After his near death experience only months earlier, Cooper’s behaviour is rapidly deteriorating.
So what does Ruby do? She adds a new roommate into the mix. When her friend Ronnie is abruptly called away for a family emergency, Ruby takes in Peyta, Ronnie’s highly intelligent and overly observant teenage daughter. With an increasingly unstable Cooper in the house, Ruby fears for Peyta’s safety.
But when Peyta’s behaviours become as perplexing as Cooper’s, Ruby finds herself juggling a series of lies to ensure their safety as well as her own…
Until the lies, and the bodies, start dropping.
I just can’t get over how good this series is, considering it’s by an unpublished author. That’s not to say that unpublished works are bad at all; this book just feels
like it’s a published one, if that makes any sense! I’m so glad that I decided to start the series as part of a blog tour. The story in this book continues right from where Caged
left off. Natusch provided just enough information about what happened in Caged
— not too much to bore me and just enough to refresh my memory.
Ruby is pretty much the same character as in the first book. Though, she is growing and becoming stronger. But, she is still the naive, foolish woman that chooses the wrong paths and doesn’t recognize anything as a warning sign to danger. I was really excited to see in the synopsis that Cooper had a larger role in this novel, as he was probably my favourite character in Caged
. But, damn! He’s irritating, moody, and even sometimes mean throughout the majority of Haunted. Boo! 🙁 Then comes Sean again…he is a frustratingly loveable character. I’m not sure that I like where this story of Ruby and Sean is going. This series seems to be getting longer and longer — right now it is a planned 7 books — and I have a feeling that Sean and Ruby’s relationship is going to be frustrating the entire time, at least until the last book. That’s my feeling — that Natusch is just going to string that relationship along throughout the series — but I hope I’m wrong!!
Natusch’s writing is very good. It’s not perfect quality, as there are some mistakes, but it is very good for a self-published novel. Her writing style is great. She has a quality in her writing that keeps the reader hooked. It is also an easy read — easy to get into and easy to understand — which is nice.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adult paranormal fiction. It’s not one of those books that is so good that I don’t want to put it down, but it definitely kept my interest throughout and I will be reading the next installment of the series. There are some twists at the end (although, I did have my suspicions about them), one in particular that will make the reader want to read the next book in the series!
**SIK Book Reviews was provided with a copy of Haunted from the
author in exchange for an honest review**
A Peek Inside:
I looked at Matty’s face while I grasped for
a simple way to describe who my tall, dark
and handsome hood ornament was. There was
no easy way to explain it and I didn’t feel like
trying. “Gravity,” I mumbled, sighing heavily
as I walked over to my car.