Publisher: Red Feather Publishing
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Suspense
Review Source: Author
★ ☆★ – 3 Stars
Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.
Cash really knows how to draw his crowd or readers in when he puts together a story. His characters are easily to get attached to. The prologue alone had me second guessing to even read the book. However, I did.. of course.
With reading Stillwell I found myself knowing what will happen: the cold rooms, smell… due to the fact of it being “matter of fact” for a ghost story. Some of the anti-log just didn’t fit with me. I guess I wanted more, I am not really sure. Some of the scenes seemed to lack, or have you question motive. I don’t want to give away things in the book. I just don’t see how the scenes fit in, maybe because the most popular, scary ghost stories are about motive, and we have the answers to why they do things. Cash just seems to lack on giving us a detailed description on why things happened.
To be quiet honest, I am a wuss when it comes to scary stuff. I will hide my head in my husband’s arm, or look away from the TV if I think something will jump at me. With that being said, I didn’t feel that way with this book. I found it more as a story, as a family who are dealing with death, and how they coped in a house that was “haunted”, if you want to call it that.
About the Author
Michael Phillip Cash born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.