The Siren and the Specter

The Siren and the Specter
AUTHOR: Jonathan Janz
SYNOPSIS: When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.
PUBLISHER: Flame Tree Press
RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Siren and the Specter is a Gothic-esque ghost story intertwined with some local lore. David Caine, an author and profound skeptic of the supernatural is asked to stay in the Alexander House. What could go wrong in the "most haunted house in Virginia"?

Well, a lot actually.

Alexander House was built in the 1700s and carries a bloody and violent past. David on the other hand is dealing with past ghosts as he is reminded of the death of the woman he loved and the guilt haunts him. Together the Alexander House is full of dark secrets in all the corners.

What I liked
Character development. Jonathan Janz sure does have a knack for it! Even with characters like Honey, he made them genuine and believable, even if I did want to kick her ass the entire time. 

What I didn't like
This is my third Janz read and I have noticed he has a talent of taking multiple plotlines and merging them well for a large complex ending. However, this one felt crowded. I like the idea of David being haunted by the ghosts of his lost love, but her place in the story felt forced a bit. In my opinion, she could have been omitted and there would still be a solid story. 

Overall thoughts
This was a fun perspective of a ghost story, which frankly are overdone in my opinion. I couldn't put it down! I had to make sure the kids were ok and that Honey was held responsible for her actions.  As Janz continues to prove, his strength is his character development and I am excited to read even more of his work. 

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