Evil doesn’t always look scary…
Built at the turn of the twentieth century by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, tucked away in the pristine Pocono Mountains, Summer Place, a retreat for the rich and famous, seems the very essence of charm and beauty, “a scene borrowed from a wondrous fairytale of gingerbread houses, bright forests, and glowing, sunny meadows.”
But behind the yellow and white trimmed exterior lurks an evil, waiting to devour the unwary….
Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy’s investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with the event. But Summer Place has other plans….
As Summer Place grows stronger, Kennedy along with the paranormal ghost hunting team, The Supernaturals, sets out to confront…and if possible, destroy…the evil presence dwelling there.
But sometimes in a paranormal investigation, the ghosts hunt you...
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Posted by Cynthi Marie on 22nd Jul 2012
I really liked this book! From the first page, to the last, I was captivated. A huge fan of house haunting books, this one did not disappoint. Reading the Author's Note sparked an even greater interest to read this book. David L. Golemon explains how, despite his disbelief in the supernatural, he visited a house he only spent two minutes in, and that the realtor wouldn't even step inside of, so heavy was the presence of the house felt. Attempting to describe how he felt in this house by bringing it into his story was his goal. Knowing this, made me focus a little more on the personality of the house.
Dabbling in film production myself, I really enjoyed the dynamics set up between the executives versus the supernatural group, as well as the character relationships within these groups. At first, realizing the entire story wouldn't take place directly inside of the house had me disappointed, but I had nothing to fear. David L. Golemon did a wonderful job bringing the house to life outside of its domain.
Reminded of stories such as Stephen King's Rose Red and Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves didn't take away from it. I was actually thrown off when the author refers to The Haunting of Hill House in the book. I actually hadn't really been thinking of the other stories until then. In the book, the house, along with many stories of disappearances and untimely deaths, is explained as the one this famous story was based on of. Because of the enjoyment I had reading the Supernaturals, I plan to go back and re-read (or maybe watch) these others. I forgot how much I love a good haunting story!
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story. Beyond the ghost telling, it was still a great story. Anyone who enjoys a well written story would like this book.