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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

book review always watching chevy stevens

Always Watching by Chevy Stevens introduces us to Nadine Lavoie, a doctor at a psychiatric hospital. After counseling a new patient named Heather, Nadine starts recalling repressed memories of when she lived at a commune at a child and realizes that everything is not as it seems.

When I first started reading Always Watching, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this particular storyline.However, once I got about a third of the way through the book, it picked up a lot. This book of Chevy Stevens ended up being one of my favorites by this author.

Although some of the plot was predictable, there were a couple of plot twists that I didn't see coming, and after those twists were revealed, they fit in well with the story and made a lot of sense. There were quite a few characters that I didn't care for, but once a few things were revealed about those characters, I ended up liking them.

This book is a definite must read for most people, but it may not be for everyone as it contains some sensitive topics such as alcoholism, drug use, suicide, molestation, and cults. I gave Always Watching by Chevy Stevens five out of five stars. If you enjoyed this book, you may enjoy The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.


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