When 16-year-old Charlotte Goolsby first encounters the mysterious little boy playing in the cemetery, she assumes he belongs to the minister’s family. However, as sightings of the little boy continue and seemingly go unnoticed by the rest of Keesbury’s residents, Charlotte is forced to confront everything she once believed about life and death. Charlotte finds herself confiding her fears to her father’s shipwright apprentice, Rees Pendleton, the eldest son of the village’s most prominent family. Whilst Rees’ mother disapproves of their growing relationship, it will be the arrival of the reclusive uncle with his own secrets who may threaten not only the Pendleton’s future but Charlotte’s as well. Charlotte and Rees will discover that all is not what it may seem in their quiet, seaside village of Keesbury. Some of the residents are keeping secrets - horrific and deadly secrets. The Haunting of Noyo Bay beckons back to the age of the ever-popular gothic horror and suspense novels of the 1970s. Set in the mid-1800s, against the backdrop of one of Northern California’s emerging seaside villages, listeners will be transported back in time.
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Review for 'The Haunting Of Noyo Bay' by L.B Stimson .
Read and reviewed for ZooLoos Book Tours, L.B. Stimson and Stimsonink.
Publication date 1st December 2021.
This is the first book I have read by this author.
I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching and gorgeous cover and intriguing synopsis and title.
This novel consists of 17 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!
This book is based in California, USA 🇺🇸.
This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonists are Charlotte Goolsby and Rees Pendleton. The benefits of third person perspective are that it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters more, what they are thinking and what they are doing. It feels like you get to see the whole picture and not miss out in anything.
'The Haunting Of Noyo Bay' discusses some topics that may trigger some readers or may not be suitable for others. I like to point this out ahead of time in my reviews so you can judge if this book is for you or not. In this book L.B Stimson discusses/includes death of a child.
This book is very well written with vivid descriptions that put you in the scene leaving the hairs raise on your arms and feeling the wind in your hair. The cover and synopsis suit the storyline perfectly.
The storyline is a slow burner that starts building up at about 25%. There are several storylines intertwined with each other meaning there is always something going on. There is the friendship and "forbidden" love between Charlotte and Rees, the strange little boy in the graveyard and the storyline of Rees' father. It is filled with the paranormal, romance, history, mystery, suspense all mixed in with a gothic atmosphere. One of the creepiest ghost stories is that involving a child and this is definitely one of those. It is creepy and scary in just the right amounts to make you wonder what the noise is that you just heard but not over the top. There were several parts that I did not expect and completely shocked me but I won't say anything else about those as I don't want to spoil it for future readers. I devoured this book in one sitting and would love to see it made into a movie!! I loved the creepy twist in the last chapter!
The characters were all strong, realistic and well defined and I became completely invested in both Charlotte and Rees. I really liked Charlotte who seems to be such a lovely young lady and it was touching to see her relationship developing with Rees. Charlotte's parents were also very down to Earth and I really bonded with them although I would say her father more than her mother. Rees is a charming young man who won't allow anyone to get in the way of love. Richard is Rees' brother and the bond between them both was lovely to see. They are obviously very close. I did not like Rees' mother Constance at all and found her to be extremely stuck up. However, if we liked everyone in a book it would be a very book indeed and each character played their part perfectly to make an intriguing storyline.
Overall a gothic horror that will keep you up at night and raise the hairs on your arms.
Genres covered in this book include Paranormal, Horror, Mystery, Gothic, Adult Fiction and Gothic Horror amongst others.
I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of anyone who loves gothic horror and is always left wanting more.
This book is just £1.48 to purchase on kindle or free on kindle unlimited (at time of review) via Amazon which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!!
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About The Author
L.B. grew up in a one stop-light town in central Idaho. After earning a Bachelor of Art’s degree in cultural anthropology from California State University-Chico, she uprooted herself to begin a new life in Washington, D.C., where she began a varied career in professional communications in private business and education.
“I’ve always had a passion for photography, travel, writing, and history. I am thrilled to now be creating works of fiction that allow me to share these passions with others. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is the historical research required to bring authenticity to my characters’ lives.”
This is her fifth book and the second in her standalone series: Tales from the Parlor Room–a collection of gothic and ghostly tales.
She currently resides in Virginia where she enjoys cemetery walks, visiting abandoned and haunted places and working on more ghostly tales. Social Media Links:
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