I read THE CHILDREN OF DARK earlier this year, so I know what Jonathan Janz is capable of. THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER is a good haunted house story. I read it in two sittings. I enjoyed the experience, but there are some things in this book that I didn’t like.
David Caine is a renowned skeptic of the supernatural who is invited to stay at the Alexander House (the most haunted house in Virginia) to debunk the urban legends and to write a book about his experience. What will become of David Caine? Will he accomplish his task?
THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER has several layers to it. This ghastly tale of depravity delivers the occasional scares. The scenes were good, but I didn’t care for the dialogue. It didn’t feel natural. I didn’t like the way the characters talked to David. I didn’t know why the characters didn’t like David. After a while, the dialogue did get better.
There are several layers to THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER. There’s almost too much happening in this book, and it’s a lot to digest in a short amount of time. I loved the atmosphere and I was rooting for David to succeed. The past comes crashing into the present. There are a few surprises in the reveals, which I delighted in. The gore is on full display. THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER is a mystery shrouded in the supernatural and doused with blood and guts.
Even though I enjoyed THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER, I feel like it would make for a better read if it was broken down into two separate books, that way Janz could fully flesh out the big picture. I loved the ending of the story. That ending is everything. I would love to read more about David Caine.
While reading this book, I realized that I love Janz’s writing style. He drops a few words here and there that I’m not familiar with, which makes the reading experience fun. If you haven’t read Janz yet, then remedy that quick like.
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