Book Review: The Ouija Board Mystery (Penny Lane, Paranormal Investigator Book 1) by David J. Cooper

When a group of teenage schoolgirls fool around in the school break, they accidentally injure one of their friends. She dies as a result. They try to contact her by using a Ouija board. They believe that they have contacted her, but release an evil entity instead which threatens their lives. They contact Penny Lane – a paranormal investigator, for help. She tells them what they have to do to destroy it. They follow her instructions but four of them die mysteriously. The two terrified remaining survivors return to see Penny, but is it too late for her to save them? A story that will make you think twice before dabbling with the occult. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I expected this book to be about a paranormal investigator but she only plays a small part in the story. All of the characters, including Penny, are poorly developed. There are several books in this series so hopefully Penny and her aunt have been more developed as the series continues.

The basic idea of evil being released by a Ouija board is not a new concept, but it can be compelling. The warning about Ouija boards at the beginning was unexpected. My mom and I used to play with a Ouija board when I was young and we had a lot of fun with it and we came to no harm. On the other hand, I had some friends who had one that started to spell words on its own! They got rid of that one pretty quickly.

Although I read the entire book, I don’t think I would have stuck with it if it were longer mainly because it needs to be edited. I did see that there’s a newer edition than the one I have, but noted in a review or two that it still has issues.

I really wanted to like this book because I’ve always enjoyed reading about the paranormal. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

About the Author

David J Cooper is a British author. He was born in Darlaston, West Midlands, to a working class family. After leaving school he had jobs ranging from engineering to teaching. He got involved in local politics and became a local councillor in 1980.

His novels incorporate elements of the paranormal, horror, suspense, and mystery.

He is featured in the Best Poems and Poets of 2012 with his first and only poem God’s Garden.

He currently lives in a small town in Mexico with his three dogs, Chula, Sooty, and Benji.

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Book Review: Two Mothers by K. Kris Loomis

A mother’s depression. A ghost’s obsession. A baby caught in the crosshairs.

Anna Jenkins is a new mother suffering from postpartum fatigue. While her husband is finishing up his Army duties before retirement, she travels to South Carolina to set up their house, an old farmhouse her husband bought sight unseen.

It’s not long before Anna realizes there is something eerie about her new home. Although it’s the dog days of summer, the house is unusually cool even without the A/C running. And her baby, who usually screams nonstop, is mysteriously soothed whenever placed in the antique crib that came with the house.

When she uncovers a long-buried secret, Anna must claw her way out of her despondency to save her baby from the clutches of the dead. Will she find the strength to save her child? Or will a disturbed spirit get what it came for?

A psychological slow burn perfect for anyone who likes things that go bump in the night.

 
 
 

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Two Mothers is a novella about a mother in the 1960s and a mother in the present.  Two women connected by a home, both new mothers, and both depressed. Knowing that the house was haunted before Anna did made me wary every time she left the baby in the antique crib. I didn’t think any harm would come to the baby though, would it?

I like how the author is able to make the characters seem like “normal” people. I’ve read several of her short stories and she was able to do that in those as well. Her writing is also easy to follow. This was a quick and enjoyable read and even had a twist. I’m looking forward to reading more by Kris Loomis.

 

 

About the Author

K. Kris Loomis is an eclectic author who writes both fiction and nonfiction books. She is the author of the novel, The Sinking of Bethany Ann Crane, as well as the short story collection, The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories. Kris has also written several books about yoga and meditation and a humorous travelogue about the time she, her husband and their handicapped cat moved to South America called Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador!

When Kris isn’t at her standing desk writing, you will find her playing chess, folding an origami crane, or practicing a Beethoven sonata on the piano. She lives in Rock Hill, SC with her husband and two cats.

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