Number 3 on my “Top 10 Sci-Fi & Scary Reads of 2015”
Beneath Claire’s House: Sixteen-year-old Claire Young is tormented by a recurring, prophetic nightmare and visitations from gruesome, mutilated ghosts. She’s convinced the apparitions intend to harm her widowed father, but there’s little she can do locked away in Saint Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Her situation is hopeless until a mysterious priest delivers the name of a man who may be the only one willing to help. Claire launches a daring scheme that leads her and her best friend to a former paranormal investigator.
But the matter is complicated by Claire’s own father. Convinced his daughter is schizophrenic, he’ll send Claire back to Saint Thomas permanently if he discovers she’s still clinging to her delusions. Claire and her friends must tread lightly to complete the investigation, but amid bizarre twists and chilling encounters, she’ll discover her home’s basement is hiding something far more sinister than just ghosts. – Goodreads Synopsis
Beneath Claire’s House Review
Beneath Claire’s House is the best YA Horror book I have read in ages. It is a goose bump-raising read filled with fantastic lines and vivid descriptions, and at least one twist that will take the reader by surprise. It manages to do all this while at the same time being absent of any mentions of sex, illegal drugs, alcohol, lust/love, or even excessive goriness.
Its a take on a story that is particularly interesting when, if you’re like me, you’ve toyed with the idea that people that are diagnosed with mental illnesses like schizophrenia are perhaps seeing things that we don’t see – but not because they’re crazy. Because their brain chemistry is just different enough to let them see things that most of us are blessed not to be able to see. Now, I won’t say that’s how this book works out, I’m simply saying that’s part of what intrigued me enough to read it, and the curiosity of it as it goes back and forth was enough to keep me interested.
Claire is a strong, determined young girl who does everything she can to find a solution to her ghostly problem and save her father. Too bad the solution, if you can call it that, was scarier than the ghosts.
Basically… its a book your 14 year old could read. S/he might be creeped out and completely unwilling to sleep with a light off for a while, but theoretically, they could read it. (Parental discretion may be advised, though, as the murder of young is mentioned.)
I have no criticisms of this book. I didn’t even spot a single misspelling or missing comma! Needless to say, I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.