In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point. Those words were true when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote them in 1851, and they were true in 1933, when a fire burned half of Crook House to the ground, taking James Crook’s wife and... show more
In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning point.
Those words were true when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote them in 1851, and they were true in 1933, when a fire burned half of Crook House to the ground, taking James Crook’s wife and two sons with it. A disgraced bootlegger and former pro baseball player, James Crook returned from prison to find his house, and his life, a pile of cinders. Broken and insane, he rebuilt Crook House, putting his pain and loneliness into every timber.
But Hawthorne’s words are still true today, and nobody knows that better than Dr. Robert Bell, who has just moved into Crook House as part of his hiring package from a small Texas college. He soon discovers that Crook House is more than just a new beginning for himself and Sarah and their daughter Angela. For the Bell family, Crook House is a place where the past still lives, and its horrors waiting for the next drowning man.
"When McKinney released Inheritance, he showed us all how a proper ghost story was supposed to be told. With Crooked House, he has proven that he is a master of the genre." - Revolt Daily
Publish date: October 13th 2013
Publisher: Dark Regions Press
Pages no: 164
Edition language: English
My first McKinney book and I know that this is light fare considering that he has written some pretty deep and hard hitting stuff. I have those on my Kindle and will get to them but I wasn’t in the mood for anything deep or hard hitting. I was in the mood for a straight ahead B movie style haunted...
A quick read from Joe McKinney. Honestly, there was not a whole lot going on in this one and it did not really gel for me. Nothing really stood out to make it overly engaging or original. I usually don't need my stories tied up tight in a nice little bow, but there were a few hanging plot lines here...