9.12.2011 | Monday

Haunting the Night

category: Book Reviews

Haunting the Nighttitle: Haunting the Night
author: Mara Purnhagen
series: Past Midnight #2.5
published: 11 August 2011
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 62
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

Charlotte Silver has been through hell.

Her mom’ s in a coma. She may have caused the death of a young man. And now her friend Avery wants her to tackle going to Prom? Not going to happen, even if she is dying to spend some alone time with her boyfriend, Noah. Instead, Charlotte needs to find some answers to a few nagging questions. Why was her family attacked? Will her mother survive? And is there a creature from the Other Side coming for her? Soon enough, Charlotte's search for the truth becomes a race against time. But she may just find the sign she's been looking for all along....

my review

Haunting the Night is available only online, a novella that fits between the previous full-length novel One Hundred Candles and the next (and last) full-length novel Beyond the Grave.  Novella or not, this has been my favorite of the series.  Once again, Purnhagan brilliantly blends the paranormal with the mundane, the latter almost the forefront of this particular story.  This book was extremely emotionally charged, making me cry at times right along with the characters.  There was also a considerably darker tone to this story, very much in keeping with the series and its progression.  The characters really drive the plot and are so well-developed that sometimes you get completely lost in their lives and almost forget it’s fiction!

While any of these novels or novellas could be read alone, they make for a much fuller story line when read from the   beginning.  Next up is Beyond the Grave, the final story in this amazing series!

About Mara Purnhagen

Mara Purnhagen cannot live without a tall caramel latte, her iPod, or a stack of books on her night stand. She has lived in Aurora, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio and Duncan, South Carolina. She presently lives outside Cleveland, Ohio with her family and two cats.

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