Name: The Haunting of Rookward House
Author: Darcy Coates
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fiction,
Publication Date: September, 2017
When Guy finds a very old document about his mother, Heather inheriting an old house, he decides that this is his opportunity to help his mother in their financial problems and to repay back a little bit of her kindness towards him.
On reaching Heather’s inheritance, Rookward House, Guy is surprised at its state. Broken and grimy windows, overgrown vines, rotten wood, Guy realises that it will take weeks to make this place inhabitable and fit for sale.
Guy packs up everything needed for his stay at Rookward, food and water and tools. As Guy is cleaning up the vines from one of the windows, he finds, shocked, two palms plastered against the window glass, greyish like a sea creature that has been left in the sun for too long. He also sees a body blurred by the window’s dirtiness and a face with long dark hair. Does someone else lives here? Is that thing even alive? Surely not…
Bizarre things do not stop there. Doors that Guy closed seem to open by themselves, clothes with dark stains in the middle, a baby monitor long dead emitting sounds and strange footsteps. Surely staying there for a week cannot be that bad. When Guy spends many disturbed nights dreaming flashbacks of Rookward House and its inhabitants, he is sure that this house is haunted by a ghost.And what does the ghost want? Guy doesn’t know.
I must say after reading The Haunting of Gillespie House, it seems only mild horror compared to Rookward. I don’t think it would be a very good idea to read it at night. It all depends on the person. I don’t think I would do that because I could vividly imagine Amy, the ghost during the night and she was very SCARY in my imagination😂. So now Darcy Coates is my favourite author and I really like horror now. I have’t read many horror books before so it was quite new to me. BUT there is one thing…I WOULDN’T DARE TO WATCH HORROR MOVIES. I still remember my friend from primary school and last year she told me she watched Annabelle and so many other horror movies at night. I really don’t know how she did that!
I found Amy a very intriguing and scary character and her physical description could be vividly imagined. Guy also was interesting and I love how Darcy Coates puts a great amount of bravery and courage in her main characters which makes her books more suspenseful and daring.
So I think that is all.
Thanks for reading,