Take four old men and a deep dark hidden secret and you get Ghost Story. I’ve heard a lot about this story over the years but didn’t really have a chance to read it until I did a group read with my friends in the LOHF. As with most literary horror the group was spilt. With those thinking the story was boring and others thinking it was great. What camp do you think I was in?
Synopsis: Four friends with a secret start to die off in a small town.
What I liked: I loved this story. It sucked me in from the first page. I wanted to know more about the chowder society and it’s members. Straub makes these central characters engaging and three dimensional. You do care about what happens to these characters. The story is also multi-layered. So each characters story is layered with another. It is mysterious and I really appreciated that. The horror wasn’t so much in your face but the way that all the stories fit together. I also loved that the beginning of the book didn’t really give away the story.
What I didn’t like: I felt like the ending wasn’t the end. So I don’t feel that closure you get with some books. I say this but it is a great thing, as it means that there are parts of the story that are staying with me.
Star Rating: 5 Stars
My Thoughts: I love horror. I love the gore and the splatter and the gross. But I do like the quiet horror. The horror that burns in your belly. I know some of the other ladies didn’t really like the pacing of Ghost Story but I did. I loved the slow and quiet burn. The feeling of uneasy you feel when you truly like the characters that you are reading. This will be a Winter reread for me I think. If you haven’t picked it up please do if you like literary horror.