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diary of a haunting book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Young Paige Blanton, a junior in high school, seems to have the perfect life. She is popular, well liked, and has a decent family life. Until reality hits. Her father leaves them for a younger woman. Her parents fight through a bitter high profile Los Angeles divorce. If that wasn’t enough, Paige’s mother uproots Paige and her younger brother and relocates to a small college town in western Idaho.

Suddenly, Paige is living a broken life. Diary of a Haunting is Paige’s record of her life in the aftermath of her parent’s divorce. Despite the drafty old house, no furniture (the moving van is delayed), cold weather, and new school, Paige is trying to make the best of her situation. Or is she? Her mother is willingly going back to college to study ecology. Paige is unpopular at her new school. The only person willing to talk to her is the weird girl (every school has one). Her brother is acting unusual and is up all hours of the night roaming the halls and her bedroom. And Paige is living in a haunted house, possibly. The discovery of a good-looking college dropout living in the basement furthers Paige’s bafflement towards her new surroundings.

Diary of a Haunting is a novel in diary format. The story is presented as a diary found by Doctor M. Verano as possible proof to an actual haunting. Except for the forward and afterward by M. Verano, Paige Blanton tells the entirety of the story. The writing is good and Paige’s narration has a cadence that entices the reader into the story. Diary of a Haunting is really quite good and somewhat creepy in the same sense as A Head Full of Ghosts.

I liked this novel for the most part and have even recommended it already to others. The problem was the ending. I gave Diary of a Haunting only four stars because I did not like how it ended. In some ways, it felt contrived. However, I don’t know if it’s a flaw in the story or just this reader’s point of view. The overall novel was exciting; it drew me in and kept me reading. I was so into this story that I read it through in one sitting. I continue to recommend the novel for a good creepy crawly story.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.