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THE HAUNTING OF LEIGH HARKER – Darcy Coates (Releasing September 7th, 2021)
Sometimes the dead reach back…
Leigh Harker’s quiet suburban home was her sanctuary for more than a decade, until things abruptly changed. Curtains open by themselves. Radios turn off and on. And a dark figure looms in the shadows of her bedroom door at night, watching her, waiting for her to finally let down her guard enough to fall asleep.
Pushed to her limits but unwilling to abandon her home, Leigh struggles to find answers. But each step forces her towards something more terrifying than she ever imagined.
A poisonous shadow seeps from the locked door beneath the stairs. The handle rattles through the night and fingernails scratch at the wood. Her home harbours dangerous secrets, and now that Leigh is trapped within its walls, she fears she may never escape.
Do you think you’re safe?
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
This was my introduction to Darcy Coates, which seems surprising considering all the horror books she’s released! THE HAUNTING OF LEIGH HARKER is a standalone and felt more like a mystery novel with horror elements, as opposed to just straight horror. I’ll say now, I was really close to giving this a DNF. I always give a book around 50-100 pages before deciding to put it down (depending on the length) and I’m so happy I didn’t give up on it.
There was plenty of spooky and creepy moments throughout the book and the ending was well worth pushing through the little bit at the beginning I wasn’t connecting to. What follows is a great haunted house story that spirals into chaos for Leigh. I’m already eyeing up her catalog of books to see what I want to pick up next!