Published by High Concept Books on March 20th 2015
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
Lizzie finds a tattered old book and is intrigued by its creepy cover. Suddenly the words DON'T LOOK INSIDE scratch furiously into the leather, as if carved by an invisible hand. Lizzie jolts, terrified. She absolutely intends to heed the warning. No way in hell is she opening the book now.Amazon •
But her curiosity gets the better of her. She feels compelled to look inside. Her hands move with a will of their own, opening the book. Her heart hammers in her chest as she reads the first line.
She reels in horror. She knows now that she should have obeyed the warning. She never should have looked inside. But it's too late, because the book is about to exact a hideous punishment…
One of the first things you learn on Supernatural is don’t mess with evil items! They have a habit of biting back. Also, if you’re a bit of a jerk, chances are you’re a goner.
“And so you skipped town, to start life afresh
But still you smelled her burning flesh.
Quit running Elizabeth, for now it’s time
You’ll pay for your despicable crime.”
I haunted book? Why not! The story starts off creepy enough; a babysitter starts reading a bedtime story to her charge when the cover of the book changes and the writing in the book starts to sound awfully familiar to her. It’s perfect to people who get paranoid easily.
“Cat’s Curiosity” is the name of the book of horrors, and it’s a little sadistic when it’s not haunted. I’d actually like to read more of those silly, yet morbid, poems that we get glimpses of. And when the cover of the book changes into the scratched words “Don’t Look Inside”, the poems become deliciously creepy.
The book makes it’s way around to a few other people until it catches the attention of Sergeant Della Kirby and Sergeant Graham Andrews. This is where the story starts to get a bit frustrating. I was honestly happy with the book floating from one person to another and just reading their stories without actually knowing the origin of the book, but of course it had to get complicated. It could have worked if the origin of the book wasn’t as close to the main characters at it was, and with the origin of the book some of the hauntings started to seem completely random instead of vengeful.
The setting of the book is in England, but it can easily be exchanged for the US. You don’t really have any solid dialog that places the reader in that small English town other than the American sergeant describing the differences in the forces (guns vs. no guns, driving, etc…), which was completely irrelevant and useless information.
Overall, the story had creepy moments but the characters and storyline were lacking. It’s a good quick read if you’re not looking to go into anything deep.