Since Elise Morgan left her father’s reality television show, Dark and Deadly Things, she put the ghost-hunting life behind her, able to comfortably watch from her couch. Her father has resorted to faking the hauntings that thrill America, but he could never fool Elise. She can see the dead.
When the Halloween episode airs live on television, something goes horribly wrong. Four people end up dead, and Elise's father is the lead suspect in their murders. But Elise knows the truth. She watched the thing that crawled from the darkness. She just has to prove her father's innocence.
Abel Hale was in the house when his family were slaughtered. He felt the cold breeze, heard the scraping of nails along the wall as the entity stalked them. The thing that killed the people he loved was not human. There is only one person who believes him, one person who can help him. Joining forces with Elise, they try to find the creature and stop it once and for all.
There’s only one problem. How do you kill a ghost?
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
Ummm…ok, so…once again, I was duped into thinking I was going to be reading a horror book and what I got was light romance, a person who has watched plenty of movies regarding ghosts or possibly have read many, and a somewhat active imagination. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by any means. In fact, I’d say I was rather irritated.
The cover of this book hooked me before I even read the genre and/or synopsis. My readers know I’m a horror connoisseur and I do take my fear level of reading very serious. I do not like to waste my time under any circumstances, so when I pick up a book (or rather download) one, I’m advising the author that I chose to read their much slaved over words and so you had better make it worth my while. This is what any reader is asking of an author, and no it’s not asking for too much! Why write a book if you do not plan to “entertain” your readers, right? Riiight!
So, imagine my surprise when I got into this rather short read, I had my eyes all set to read something wild and crazy was about to happen, judging off the image of the cover, and when I kept looking for the scary, I began to get frustrated. (Trust and believe, I’m trying not to cuss here!) What I found was Elise Morgan, an ex-ghost hunter, or so she thought, sitting at home watching her father on his reality show, Dark and Deadly Things, try to help a family who summoned him to get rid of the poltergeist lurking within their home. While Elise watched on, she saw a black mass of clouds heading in her father’s direction, along with the family he was in charge of assisting. She reaches for her cell phone and tries to warn her dad that something not quite of this world was headed his way. But lo and behold, wouldn’t you know it? Daddy looked at the phone, and saw his daughter’s name on the screen, and he ignored her. Of course, that decision wasn’t the correct one, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed.
When the black cloud lifted and the smoke cleared, the only two people that survived was Mr. Morgan and the son, Abel Hale, of the family he was trying to assist. Everyone else was literally pulverized by whatever the black mass was. Elise was devastated. Not only was she able to see what was happening, she also sees dead people. It’s only been six months since her mother died. Her mom was with her trying to talk to her, but of course, Elise can see her, but she is unable to hear what she’s trying to say.
And that, readers, is how the entire book went. Are you scared yet? Do you have goosebumps? Is the hair on the back of your neck standing attention? No, you say? Ooook, so there’s my problem. Where oh where was the horror in this book? Try as I might, and trust me, I tried, I could not find anything that made me feel prickly inside. The angst between Elise and Abel was driving me absolutely nuts. I wanted to scream, “get a room already,” but instead I forged on reading!
This book was so disappointing and I’m really getting tired of authors putting out work under genres that, to me, are misrepresented and false advertisement. This was about as scary as watching an episode of Scooby Doo. And if that scares you, then you’ll love this book. However, for me, I don’t play when it comes to my time nor my horror books. If you state that this is a horror book and I don’t get a hair-raising experience, I’m immediately going to deduct stars for it. This book wasn’t written poorly, in fact, the opposite is true. But that’s the saddest thing. If this author took the time to actually write a real ghost story, I would have given it five-stars, but unfortunately, it failed miserably.
The Sexy Nerd gives Dark and Deadly Things two ghostly boos. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the scary in this book. As I think about it at the time of writing this review, I still can’t find it. This book should be reclassified under cozy romance. Luckily, this story was short and I didn’t have to waste too much time trying to invest in characters that didn’t appear real in the first place. What a disappointment! As you can already imagine, I will not be continuing on with the series to find out what happens, which is most likely the same as what I just experienced here. I'm good. Until next time, Nerds, open a book and get mind blown. Hopefully! 😘