Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Review: The Bell Witch [Kindle Edition]

The Bell Witch [Kindle Edition]
John F.D. Taff (Author), James Roy Daley (Editor), Books of the Dead (Editor)
File Size: 4491 KB
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Books of the Dead Press (August 5, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00ED5QAZW

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

This story is about the infamous Bell Witch, a legendary poltergeist which is said to have terrorized the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee back in the early 19th century.  The first third of the book is very good, and if I stopped after the first third I'd rate this at four stars.  But I didn't, and so discovered that the plot tended to stall out during the second third of the book, and by the final third I was wondering if this thing was ever going to end.

The characterization is average, or maybe a little below average.  This is a handicap that you can get away with if the pacing is solid and the scenes are exceptional - which isn't true here.  The scenes are okay.  Not great, not bad.  Just okay.  The pacing in the final chapters drags along with the tedium people experience while they wait for the dentist to come back in with the x-rays.  The ending is in sight, but no matter what happens the author refuses to take us to the end.

What I found disappointing was that the rest of the book didn't live up to the high quality of the first third, which I found very enjoyable. Too bad, because it didn't have to be this way.

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