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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fear No Evil: The Diary of Julie Hammond is a work of supernatural fiction with gothic themes and was penned by author Naomi W. Stan. Toying with Victoriana, haunted houses and ghostly goings-on, this spine-tingling contemporary tale begins with Julie and Mark Hammond as they embark on a new life together at Thornwood. The old Victorian manor house seems to have everything they need: a fixer-upper project and a place for their son Andrew to grow up. But when Andrew starts to talk about other residents in the building, Julie is drawn into a world of days gone by, and the malevolent forces that are still trying to influence the corporeal world.
Tense and engaging right from the start, this is a mysterious work of thriller fiction that adds splashes of gothic horror to spice up its atmosphere. Fans of such intelligent genre-mashing are sure to appreciate Thornwood, which is almost a character in itself, as the house welcomes its new residents with gorgeously creepy descriptions and beautifully drawn scenery. Author Naomi W. Stan combines this talent for scene-setting with a relatable set of central characters to whom the unfortunate seem to cling, and a secondary set of characters from the past whose ghostly images become clearer and more terrifying as the tale progresses. What results is an excellent, intimate tale of haunting where you really root for the heroes, and overall it makes Fear No Evil: The Diary of Julie Hammond a superb read for fans of supernatural and dark fiction.