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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Hotel Belmar: The Ghost Has The Key by S.K. Carnes is an intense and simply fabulous novel of grit and courage. While I was not expecting to like this novel as much as I did, I was amazed when I found out that I not only liked the multitude of characters, but actually related to many of them. I enjoyed the flow of the story and how well the author created the characters. Every ghost had a story with substance; nothing was added to pad out the novel, but to genuinely make the story better and more invigorating.
This is the story of a woman named Lori Moyer, a writer who is trying to write a book about Hotel Belmar. This is a century-old hotel, filled with stories of ghosts and entities that still roam this hotel and try to be heard. While researching, Lori’s friend Cynthia checks into a haunted room in the hotel to help her out with first-hand experiences. Together, the two women learn about the people of the past, about their lives, about their deaths, and find out what it is like to truly live.
Hotel Belmar was intense, but it was the good kind of intense. I enjoyed the high I got from reading the stories of the ghosts and at times I wanted to know more too. I liked Cynthia, and even though she had her troubles, she knew what she had to do to get her life back on track. Lori was another story. She was determined, ready and alert, which made her character strong and simply powerful. The pace was fast, the flow was great and the dialogues were crisp. I enjoyed Hotel Belmar immensely. Amazing and awesome!