Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Third Floor by C. Dennis Moore

17229745Hell House. The Amityville Horror. The Haunting of Hill House.

Horror author C. Dennis Moore invites you to the newest haunted house on the block, a place so mean, even in a town where strange is the norm, the stories surrounding this house are legend. The problem is they’re all true. 


Welcome to Angel Hill, Missouri, a town that shot blood from the ground at its own groundbreaking. There are only two roads in or out of Angel Hill, and everything within those borders is subject to the whims of reality. Those who grew up here are immune to the town's peculiarities. But Jack and Liz have just moved here, and for their young son, Joey, it's almost like coming home again.

As the Kitches settle into their new home, a large abandoned house in need of a lot of TLC, Angel Hill welcomes them the only way it knows how. Footsteps in the middle of the night. Voices on the phone. Their big empty house wasn't so empty after all. There's a presence, and it's growing stronger. And angrier.


A hulking figure stalks the halls while childlike voices whisper in mourning. And there's something unexplainable happening to Joey. His hair is shorter now, and his eyes . . . they didn't used to be that color, did they? And that birthmark on his neck looks more like a scar every day. Jack doesn't want to believe his own eyes, but for Liz the threat is all too real, and it's closing in.

From the invisible shapes under the sheets, the eyes she feels on her constantly, and the banging coming from the third floor . . . is that something trying to get in? Or something wanting out? Welcome to Angel Hill.

My take on this book:
I love a scary good  haunted house story and boy "The Third Floor" fit the bill and then some! I found myself reading this book nonstop, wanting to know what would ultimately happen to the Kitches.

When Jack, Liz,and their son Joey move from Texas to Angel Hill, Missouri so that Jack could start his new job well it was a time of new beginnings. Jack had already purchased an old house and all the family had to do was move in, with the plan being that Liz would stay home with six year old Joey will Jack worked. Liz starts to notice things immediately, and while most of the activity occurs on the third floor there is plenty going on in the area the Kitches are living in. Jack refuses to see what is going on around him, but Liz notices that Joey isn't the same child that moved into the home. What happened in the home to cause these occurrences  and will the Kitch family be strong enough to survive!
This story reminded me so much of the American Hauntings series I often watch on tv. The descriptions of the occurrences in the house gave me the creeps!  Thing is the whole town of Angel Hill's sounds like a paranormal playground, so the haunted house just fit right in!  The backstory of what happened to the family that lived in the house before Jack and his family moved in was quite sad. I couldn't quite figure out why Jack's co-worker and his family was so interested in the house but the twist at the end totally explained it! Overall, the author provides a good haunted house story, his descriptive prose allows you to visualize the story. While I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, I still enjoyed the story. I will certainly be reading more from this new to me author!

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