The Haunted by Danielle VegaThe Haunted by Danielle Vega

The Haunted

byDanielle Vega

Hardcover | June 4, 2019

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From Danielle Vega, YA's answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Clean slate. That's what Hendricks Becker-O'Malley's parents said when they moved their family to the tiny town of Drearfield, New York. Hendricks wants to lay low and forget her dark, traumatic past. Forget him. But things don't go as planned.

Hendricks learns from new friends at school that Steele House--the fixer upper her parents are so excited about--is notorious in town. Local legend says it's haunted. But Hendricks isn't sure if it's the demons of her past haunting her ...or of the present. Voices whisper in her ear as she lays in bed. Doors lock on their own. And, then, one night, things take a violent turn.

With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don't take her first.
Danielle Vega spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from the pages of Stephen King novels. Now as an adult, she can count on one hand the number of times in her life she's been afraid. Danielle is the author of the Merciless series and Survive the Night. Follow her @dvegabooks.
Title:The HauntedFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.56 × 5.88 × 0.89 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 5.88 × 0.89 inPublished:June 4, 2019Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0451481461

ISBN - 13:9780451481467


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for horror fans The Haunted will definitely appeal to horror fans, it progresses in intensity from rumors and hints of supernatural happenings to undeniable interference from otherworldly forces. I'm not a regular horror reader and the ending escalated to become a bit too intense and brutal for my tastes. I'll admit I started skimming through to the end, but that's not a detraction from the book or its quality of writing, I'm just not the primary audience for this genre. Before that, it was still very unnerving and unsettling throughout, on the edge of my comfort zone but not quite over the brink. I liked how two pieces that seemed disparate were brought together, it was a process of "okay, we understand THIS but are we going to address THAT?" It all came together very well, I just prefer adventure-style endings to horror endings.
Date published: 2019-06-28

Editorial Reviews

"Vega's take on the haunted house subgenre features an eclectic, well-fitted mix of supernatural spookiness and gore...A gently horrid reminder that some ghosts can be very real."--Kirkus Reviews

"Even the most diehard aficionados of horror may find themselves leaving the lights on after reading this one."--BCCB