Diary of a Haunting

Finished Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano.

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind.”

This book is genuinely creepy.  I wasn’t really expecting that (not much actually scares me, so most of the time I just expect scary things to be entertaining and fun).

When Paige, her brother and their mom move into their new house, she is not impressed.  (Probably not surprising, given that they moved from LA and are now living in Idaho.  No offense to Idaho residents.)  And then things start to get weird.  The electronics start acting up, for example, and her brother stops sleeping.

And there are spiders.  And a lot of flies.  But mostly spiders.  Like, a LOT of spiders.

It’s not great.

And of COURSE Paige’s house is supposedly haunted.  Her mom treats it as a joke but it doesn’t take long before Paige half-believes it…and doesn’t find it at all funny.

I don’t want to ruin this for you, but I just have to say (as vaguely as I can) that the ending freaks me out a bit.

Recommended.

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