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by Richard Estep

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I was excited to read some real-life, spine-tingling ghost stories that would raise the hair on my arms and make me want to sleep with the lights on. I didn't get that. The writing here is relaxed and conversational, easy to read but lacking any sense of fear-inducing immediacy. Also, there simply wasn't a lot of creepy ghost stuff going on here.

I respect Estep's pursuit and his honesty. He doesn't embellish his stories. We share his disappointments during those times when he finds no indications of ghostly presence. The content gets slightly repetitive, as he details the setup process for each building and home his team investigates. And, since he experiences little that can't be explained, there isn't a strong sense of anticipation as we go along.

What I loved most about this book was the history Estep shared. We spend a lot of time on the Tower of London, along with other historical and supposedly haunted sites throughout London. Estep tells us the stories, taking us back to the time when the events occurred, and then returning to present day so that we now know and understand the ghosts stalking the various places.

While not the fear-inducing read I'd anticipated, this is still an interesting book. And though Estep has yet to prove the existence of ghosts, perhaps he has established that ghosts simply aren't as interested in us as we are in them.

*I was provided with an ebook copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.* ( )
  Darcia | Jul 14, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738744883, Paperback)

From exploring the Tower of London to investigating a haunted Colorado firehouse and a woman tormented by a malevolent demonic entity, paranormal researcher Richard Estep takes you behind the scenes for an up-close-and-personal encounter with a fascinating legion of hauntings. This collection represents some of the most interesting, odd, and disturbing cases that Richard has investigated over the past twenty years, in England and in the United States.

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From exploring the Tower of London to investigating a haunted Colorado firehouse, paranormal researcher Richard Estep takes you behind the scenes for an up-close-and-personal encounter with a fascinating legion of hauntings. This collection reveals some of the most chilling, captivating, and weird cases that Richard has investigated over the past twenty years, in England and in the United States.… (more)

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