Title: Black Acres (The Complete Collection)
Author: Ambrose Ibsen
There’s no place like home….
Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It’s a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right, however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation.
The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. Unperturbed by this fact, Kim and Julian set about making the home their own.
It quickly becomes clear that the two of them are not alone there, however.
This volume contains all four installments of the serialized novel Black Acres: In Absentia, The Borderland, The Amber Light, and In Darkness. It also contains a brief preface by the author.
Okay, so I read a lot of weird books so it’s hard for anything to chill me. This book did the trick. It had a mixed feeling of an American Horror Story Episode mixed with Paranormal Activity. When I read the summary, I had a vague expectation of what to expect—every haunted house story seems to follow a similar arc—and while the setup of this book met that, the rest was a very pleasant surprise.
The general decline into insanity on the part of all the characters was so tastefully done that I began to question if the things they saw were really there. Each character was very physically and emotionally vivid—to the point where I hated on Julian for how cold he was to Kim. In the end, however, I was happy with how things turned out.
I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say if you’re looking for something to give you a chill, this is it. Oh, and if the story doesn’t chill you enough, the skillful narration will make sure the job gets done.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.