Sunday, September 18, 2011

Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen


Charlotte Silver has been through hell.
Her mom’ s in a coma. She may have caused the death of a young man. And now her friend Avery wants her to tackle going to Prom? Not going to happen, even if she is dying to spend some alone time with her boyfriend, Noah. Instead, Charlotte needs to find some answers to a few nagging questions—why was her family attacked? Will her mother survive? And is there a creature from the Other Side coming for her? Soon enough, Charlotte's search for the truth becomes a race against time. But she may just find the sign she's been looking for all along....

My Review:

Haunting the Night (Past Midnight, #2.5)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Charlotte Silver is a senior in high school, dealing with things that she shouldn't have to deal with. her family and her are recovering from an attack that left one man dead and her mother in a coma. Mentally, she is trying to get over the guilt over what has happened, as she feels that it is her fault. When a "shadow man" starts stalking her nights, she decides she must seek a way to end her guilt by solving the mystery of who and why all of this happened.

For me, this book starts out a bit confusing. It is like coming in on the last part of a conversation... You have no clue what is going on. As the reader, we never really find out what exactly happened. This was frustrating for me, as I prefer to have at least a little bit of a back story for a book. I think I would have personally like this book better if I had had more of a back story to it.

Perks to the book is that the setting is in South Carolina (and what Carolina girl doesn't LOVE her state being in a book, in a GOOD light), the book is a little novella, which makes for an easy read, and Noah the boyfriend is the dream boyfriend for girls young and old alike.

Downfalls of the book is that it is just lacking information. There is some confusion of who some of the characters are (Like who exactly is Shane? Is he Charlotte's brother or cousin, or family friend?). Also, the title suggest that this is paranormal, but for me, it was really lacking the paranormal element.

Overall, this is a nice, quick read of a book, and if you are looking for that, than this is a good book to pick.

Happy Reading!


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