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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Doppelganger by Sean Munger [2.5 stars]



From the Description:


The house of madness!
Transplanted from her native Sweden to the drawing rooms and gas-lit parlors of Gilded Age New York, Anine Atherton will want for nothing in the lavish row house her rich new husband bought for her. But Anine’s house doesn’t seem to like people. The caretaker hangs himself in the entryway. The maid drops dead her first day on the job. Anine herself is becoming anxious and terrified, and not just because of the ghostly laughter she hears in the middle of the night. Her gentle, charming husband is slowly turning into a domineering brute. And whatever shadowy entity lives in her house, it can read Anine’s mind and use her darkest secrets against her. The last woman to live in the house went insane. Will Anine be next in line?

I really wanted to like Doppelganger more than I did. It was well written and atmospheric, the house was spooky. It was everything you want a good gothic ghost story to be except,,, And that's the problem. I felt very disconnected from the story. The characters were well written but unlikable to me, so much so I was rooting for the ghost throughout the book. I would give the author another chance based on his descriptions alone but didn't enjoy this 2.5 star read.