Primary Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Horror, Romance
Published: 7 Jan 2021 (in whole) by Serial Box
Page count: Not reported
My Format: eBook/ARC via NetGalley
Cover: Dark and simple
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link: Buy The Haunting of Beatrix Greene
My rating: ★★★★☆
Beatrix Greene has made a name for herself in Victorian England as a reputable spiritual medium, but she’s a fraud: even she knows ghosts aren’t real. But when she’s offered a lucrative job by James Walker—a scientist notorious for discrediting pretenders like her—Beatrix takes the risk of a lifetime. If her séance at the infamously haunted Ashbury Manor fools him, she will finally have true financial freedom. If she fails, her secret will become her public shame.
But James has his own dark secrets, and he believes only a true medium can put them to rest. When Beatrix’s séance awakens her real gift—and with it, a vengeful spirit—James finds that the answers he seeks are more dangerous than he could have imagined. Together, with a group of supernatural sleuths, Beatrix and James race to settle the ghost’s unrest before it strikes— or else they might not make it out of the haunted manor alive.
I had no idea this was a book presented as a serial until I started reading it. Thankfully, I was provided with the full book from NetGalley to read and review. Serialbox.com currently has the first part (or episode as they call it) available online with the remaining parts of the serial scheduled to be released between now and the end of 2020. Alternatively, it appears you can wait until January 2021 to grab a full copy from Amazon if you are interested in reading it all at once. Here are my pros and cons for The Haunting of Beatrix Greene:
- This is written by three different authors. Each author was individually responsible for different chapters in the book. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not notice any abrupt style changes or continuity issues between chapters and authors. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I would have ever guessed different people wrote different chapters at all! To me that is a testament to the ability of the authors to write a cohesive story even though they were writing separately!
- This book is full of typical haunted house tropes, even the ones I am generally tired of at this point in my life, but somehow it still worked for me. I was getting some strong vibes of The Haunting of Hill House (by Shirley Jackson), too, so I have to wonder if the authors were inspired by that book.
- The scary parts were definitely scary! The atmosphere was well-defined and tensions were definitely high.
- There was an interesting, but short-lived, appearance by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Awesome Victorian gothic feel to the story.
- The house was the best character in the book.
- The book is written from different POVs and each new POV is clearly identified. I know some people dislike this kind of writing, but I think it worked very well in this story.
- The whole romance plot line was weird and excessively fast… but very Victorian.
- My main beef about the book is that it is never really clear what is haunting the house. I needed some “why”, “what”, and/or “who” questions answered and I never got satisfactory information.
- Character development wasn’t strong for anyone. I wanted a lot more.
- The title felt incongruous with the actual story. Beatrix wasn’t really haunted, but instead simply discovered she had a true gift as a medium (in the synopsis, so not a spoiler). I think The Haunting of Ashbury Manor might have been a better title… or even something that doesn’t start with “The Haunting of…” as that is starting to be overdone in my opinion.
This is a short and scary October read. Yes, I thought it had some issues and a few tweaks could make this a really great novel, but overall I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it.
Thank you NetGalley and Serial Box for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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