Just from the simple fact that Danielle Vega’s The Haunted has been compared with Stephen King is more than enough information for me to determine that this book is definitely not one that I want anything to do with. I’ve often believed Stephen King is highly overrated, to begin with. Add in the fact that I’ve never liked horror and don’t really care for thriller and you’ve basically got a recipe for a book I’m not going to enjoy. It could be written well and chances are I still won’t have a great time reading it.
So, I think I’m going to pass on this one.
From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places. Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected. Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.
Tell me what you think of The Haunted! Does this sound like a novel you’d be interested in reading? What do you think of the Stephen King comparison? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!