Book Review: Whispering Corridors (A Ghost Story) by Ambrose Ibsen

four-stars

I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

Lydia convinces her friend Eric to go to the Kenwood house on Halloween to film some images for a documentary. Eric is reticent to go because all kind of dark tales surround this house, which has been abandoned for years. There they say the upside down man inhabits, waiting for his next victim, which will be haunted for three days and on the third the upside down man will come for them.

Even though I do not like paranormal elements in books where this does not fit, I do enjoy a pure ghost story now and then, especially if it is a good one, like ‘Whispering Corridors’. Ibsen did a great job building up the tension and creating the right atmosphere. Even though it is not a long book (just over five hours) we have time to know the characters. It is true that we do not know a lot about them (in fact we know more about Lydia, even though the book is written from the point of view of Eric), but their conversations, actions and descriptions bring them to life. There are very powerful images evoked in this story, which help to set the mood and believe in the wickedness of the house.

Reading other reviews, I see people complaining about the lack of closure. I did not feel this. My only complaint would be that some thing towards the end were kind of predictable and I felt like screaming to Eric since he was not getting some of the things.

The book is narrated by the wonderful Joe Hempel. Let me tell you this: if you find a book narrated by Joe Hempel, even if it is not your favorite genre, go for it. He will make any story shine, and with a good one, the result will be superb. He is unique transmitting emotions and interpreting characters. He makes you live the story.

I enjoyed this scary ghost story, and it is a fairly quick listen. I would recommend this one if you enjoyed ‘The Blair Witch Project’, since it is partially based on it and it is also mentioned a couple times in the book.

Available at Amazon/Audible

four-stars
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