In the Spring of 1867, Henry Lynch was tormented by something so evil it killed him. Now over one hundred years later, Natalie Bradford finds herself battling the very same demon that haunted Henry Lynch on the property that she now calls home. Terror awaits as Natalie discovers the property’s tragic past. The 150-year old cabin holds the truth behind the hauntings, and as Natalie uncovers the past she exposes a terrifying family secret that has been guarded for over a century. Natalie struggles against forces greater than herself until she summons the help of Clara Adams, a natural healer and medium who performs a cleansing ritual to clear the land. Natalie has become a conduit for paranormal activity. During a final showdown with the demon, the truth behind the hauntings is revealed. Inspired by true events, Waking the Dead is the second part in the series, The Haunting of Natalie Bradford. Remember, denial can be deadly. What is haunting you?
My Rating: 1/5 (heck, it’s my blog – 0/5)
Before I get to my review, I would like to start off by saying that I received this book for free as a giveaway winner via Goodreads.com (sponsored by the author/publisher/other individual or entity) and by no means does this impact my review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. And with that, I thank you!
When I received this book, I was surprised to find out that it was the 2nd book in a series. Usually I won’t enter giveaways if they don’t include the 1st book nor if I have no intentions of reading it. I think I see where I got confused, because the book description doesn’t make it sound like a series, so I took a leap of faith and assumed I could read this book without having to read the first one (because although I was interested in reading this, I am not drawn in enough to want to read a book prior to this one unless I have to). The beginning of the book was a little confusing. It jumped around a bit from one person’s encounter to another. When it introduced Anna and Timmy, it didn’t specify their age group. I think by the 3rd (?) chapter in, they finally mentioned Anna being 9 yrs old and being younger than Timmy (never found out how old Timmy actually was). I was definitely confused at who was older so for a wee bit, I pictured Anna as being the older one. Either way, WHY DOES TIMMY HAVE A MACHETE?! I don’t care how tall the grass is, if I had kids, they would not be carrying around machetes! Also, I feel like this book jumped WAY too fast into random sounds and shadows in the night. I get they just left Lindenwood but any self respecting ghost/entity story still has a build up moving into a new home. Assuming Lindenwood was from the first book, why are they all still skeptical about “ghosts” and what not if they have already encountered this sort of thing in the first house? I’m so confused…… and this was only 30 pages in. I really don’t like when the story is being told from the children’s POV, that 90% of the time, when they are referencing their mother, they use her name Natalie. They don’t call their mother Natalie, so it does get confusing. Also, there’s a lack of time definition. There’s mention of it being night and day so one can assume a couple days have passed but then a few pages later, it mentioned something about a few weeks time span. But when did that happen? I’m not sure how to describe it but one second I’m reading about a few days and then I felt like it time traveled to the future (without my knowledge) and now they’re talking about the weeks past to when they first moved in to this house. What what?! Where did the time go?? And why did Natalie freak out when Timmy mentioned playing with the Ouija board? The “spirit(s)” were there prior to him playing, so why did she act like it was his fault? This lady doesn’t sound like a very good mother.
I feel like there was no passion or even a thought put in to this book. I feel like this was written for the sake of saying, “Hey look, I wrote a book!” There was no story telling. I was left confused. It’s a puzzle with missing pieces. I need more pieces!! The beginning was confusing (actually the whole book was because of the poor writing), the ending was so dull; boring. I read this as quickly as possible just to be done with it. Thank goodness it was only 152 pages (154 since they counted a “Don’t Miss This” page and a picture of the author), which also makes me question why on Goodreads it’s listed as 254. Either it’s a typo or book 1 was only 100 pages.
All in all, I won’t be picking this book up again or picking up any other part in the series… or anything from this author. Ever.
**SIDE NOTE: This was one of the first reviews I ever put up on Goodreads and was immediately attacked by the author. The problem was resolved, GR had my back and it did end. I was completely appalled by the lack of professionalism from this “author.” Not every person is going to read your work and like it. Harsh or not, I will always be honest and feel that no one should ever have that right taken away from them. If you can’t take criticism on BOTH good and bad ends, then I suggest not going in to a profession where you put yourself out there for just that. This happened several months ago so I won’t drag this out, I would just like it to be aware. I would not recommend this book to ANYONE at this point cause god forbid you dislike any of her work and say you do, you might get called “rude” and a “liar” among some other things. This book is going to the garbage or I’m turning it in to a craft, but I’m not even sure it’s worthy of that.
Have any of you reviewers been victim of an attack based on a negative review? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Reading! xo