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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Weatherly Hall, by Andy Hunt, is a gripping psychological thriller with a techno twist. This story is set in the near future, post-Second Civil War, where we see Henry moving into a deserted, neglected mansion he just purchased. It was built before the age of the internet, and he moves into it to get away from the world of ongoing surveillance and tracking that permeates society. As old houses do, the house has a past, but Henry doesn't know the whole story. What is real anymore? What can be believed? Are ghosts real? Do haunted houses indeed exist? Reality versus fiction: this is the kind of confusing world Henry lives in, caught between waking life and nightmares, and he may not have much time left. If you're looking for a fresh twist on the haunted house genre, where the house is the star, keep reading.
Hunt has crafted an intriguing novel to satisfy fans of haunted house scenarios, but this is so much more. The story builds slowly at first, with meticulous descriptions and even floorplan images that get you intimately acquainted with the setting. The character of Henry is built with great description and inner dialogue: you get a real sense of how claustrophobic and paranoid he feels by being monitored all the time. You are on board with his decision to get off the grid and breathe easily for a change. Hunt seamlessly weaves near-future tech into Henry's everyday life, and the story is grounded by Henry himself as he experiences the strange occurrences in his new home. The supporting characters are interesting too. The world through his eyes is intriguing, and he's easy to relate to. The story's suspense builds chapter by chapter, and soon you find yourself immersed in Henry's world and eagerly anticipating how the story unfolds. Fans of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone will love the eerie, evocative haunted house novel Weatherly Hall by Andy Hunt.