Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island-Michael Phillip Cash

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island

Michael Phillip Cash

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jun 21 2013

ISBN: 9781484196090

Allison Russo dies from cancer leaving behind a grieving family. Long Island Mcmansion realtor Paul struggles with the death of his wife while needing to be there for their children, the teen twins (Jesse and Veronica) and their youngest Stella Luna. Paul suffers from nightmares in which a demon holds his beloved Allison captured; Stella sees and hears her mommy’s ghost; Jesse is filled with rage; and Roni feels alone as she cannot help her twin and feels guilt for feeling glad her mom died after watching her waste away.

Melissa Andrews commissions Paul to sell Stillwell Manor owned by her husband Craig. She tells him that she had the mansion cleaned from the gore caused by her father-in-law murdering his wife before committing suicide. Paul visits Stillwell, only to find blood splattered everywhere; but on a second look sees pristine rooms. He learns that during the Revolution John Wendover and Hannah Andrews fell in love; when she vanished, her father the squire had John hung. Hannah’s picture could have been Allison. As Paul obsesses with knowing the fate of what happened to John and Hannah; he feels solving that will solve many of his present day problems.

Stillwell is a fabulous haunted house ghost story as the widower struggles to help himself and his children cope with the loss of their mother. Although Paul’s difficulty to form a new normal without his mate is well written and adds depth and realism to the characters, it also slows down the exciting haunting storyline. Still readers will relish Paul’s quest to solve the mystery as he believes the truth will set him, his children, his late wife and several other spirits free.

Harriet Klausner

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