Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: The Haunting of Holden Castle by Ben Tousey

The Haunting of Holden CastleThe Haunting of Holden Castle by Ben Tousey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Haunting of Holden Castle leads us to dark, turbulent secrets, and two innocent young men who find themselves standing in proxy, reliving the roles of earlier tragic figures, long thought dead. From the moment they arrive, Sean and Tony experience a profound and distinct case of déjà vu, as if they're living their lives and the lives of someone else at the same time. They discover that they are the secret.

I read this a long time ago and was just curious as to why  none of my friends had read it yet.

This is a dark love story of ghosts, violence, murder, hypocrisy and tragedy. Two young men, so very much in love, caught in a world that refuse to accept their love and put an end to their lives. Fast forward to contemporary times and Sean and Tony, meeting for the first time, are experiencing some unexplainable attraction, not to mention seeing and experiencing a totally different world - the medieval times.

Ben Tousey successfully leads his readers into the medieval age where hypocrisy and violence was a norm. Although this is a contemporary MM romance, it has more than enough historical elements in it that can sometimes confuse the reader.

This confusion is good because it is the same confusion that Sean and Tony experience. Imagine reliving the life of two tragic figures - knowing that what they are seeing and experiencing for themselves were what they had to go through all those hundreds of years ago. What they had to go through to discover the secrets of the castle, to discover who  or what was responsible for all the hauntings. To discover who they both were.

This was suspensefully (I have no idea if this word exists) entertaining and yet keeps the readers at the edge. One never really knows what the next corner or door of the castle and the book, will reveal. I especially loved the HEA endings but I will reserve comment so you all can discover it for yourselves.

If you have not yet read this, its about time that you did.

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