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Book review: The Haunting of James Hastings 
13th-Nov-2010 01:45 pm
Shifty
I started this just before Halloween so it kept in with my spooky book theme, Christopher Ransom's The Haunting of James Hastings sees a man lose his wife in a hit-and-run, only to start receiving mysterious phone calls a year later, every day at the time of her death. A new neighbour then moves in who seems to be taking on characteristics of his dead wife. One thing that's interesting here is Ransom deliberately steering clear of the usual trappings of ghost stories and making the fact that it's set in the present day a major element. So James' former job was as a double for a megastar white rapper called Ghost, who is absolutely definitely not Eminem, he just coincidentally happens to be exactly like him in every way. It's perfectly readable but it's saddled with a number of *facepalm* moments, many of them related to this Ghost/Eminem connection: Ghost's alter ego is called "Snow Flakey?" *facepalm* His mentor was PhD Jay? *facepalm*

Another bit that I remember thinking was bonkers was to do with the house James and his late wife lived in and introducing the room where much of the haunting takes place: I'm paraphrasing from memory but "all houses have some quirky feature that makes you fall in love with them, like a window seat. Our house had a ballroom." A BALLROOM? One of these things is not like the other thing! Another problem comes at the end, as Ransom completely trips himself up in trying to provide the story's twist. So I didn't hate it and wasn't tempted to give up halfway or anything but it didn't have me rushing to get to the next chapter either.
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