Book Review : The Ghost of Normandy Road (Haunted Minds #1) by John Hennessy
Book: The Ghost of Normandy Road (Haunted Minds #1)
Author: John Hennessy
Plot: An old house stands on Normandy Road, uncared for and uninhabited for years, until one day, believing an urban legend that no-one dares to live there, a young boy decides to cross its threshold.Yet the house is far from empty – within its walls, a terrible evil has been disturbed. It will take one brave soul three of the longest nights of his life to unlock its secrets, but will he live to tell the tale? (official synopsis)
A good book to instill the fear of ghost in you
Again thank you is a very light word to be used here because the gratitude i feel towards the author is much more than what can be contained in that little word. John is not only a fantastic writer but an amazing person with a heart of gold. There has no one who has encouraged and appreciated my reviews as much as he has …so i think i am going to hunt for a new powerful synonym for the word thank you in the future to express my gratitude…but for now… THANK YOU SO MUCH for providing me the copy of the book and trusting my blabbering which i like to call review 😉
So here we go ….
Over the time John has become one of those authors whose work has floored me to the extent that i would gladly read his shopping list as if it was divine and classic like the bible or Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet but …. having being experienced with his works, i am afraid that even his shopping list will be spooky, making me hide in the cupboard for days.
He has single-handedly managed to scare the good life out of me with his works that even my teachers and parents could not achieve till date… so yeah i fear even a grocery list written by John can give me a heart attack because he has gone on to become that good with this genre.
One of the best things i like in his works is the ends.Every single book from his work house has done a 360 on me at the very end. The book comes with a ending that you would not even have dreamed. He freaks me out every single time.
As i keep saying in the reviews of John’s book, he keeps reinventing himself with the narration technique and language and this time too language is smooth and flowing but its the narration that has scored with me with this book. I had never seen such a humorous side in his narration before as much as i got to see in this book.John has introduced light humour in form of a child innocence and view point. The humour lightens the horror air a bit and adds a bit of color too.
But But But….
i know John must be dialing the grim reaper now …but i have to say
There is a flickering narration in the first half or what i call a zig zag narration.The narration starts with the present goes into a flashback and then again into another flashback and then coming back to the present . This is very vivid in the first phase of the book but gradually smooths itself and put together an effective narration.. So hang on a bit in the beginning and let it all settle down to open up a fantastic horror tale.
I think it is clear by now that i am partial to the author… yes i am and i am not even going to deny it 😉
but the truth is that John can spook you good with his stories...
(i am never sending my kids to him for a bedtime stories… oh no never )
if you love horror then pick up a John Hennessy book. He is defining this genre for me lately with his works. You can trust the author to play tricks on you and that is why my advise to you is to stick to the very end and then you will see how the author makes you go mad. Its a short yet powerful narration with a beautiful language and light humour for added touch… Have fun with the nightmares you are bound to get after reading it
John…. DUDE YOU ROCK !!! 😉 (Had i been filthy rich, i would have made a statue for you, but since i am not , lets settle for this review 😉 )