The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

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Move over Rosemary’s baby, The Omen, and The Exorcist and now we have The Barter on the Horror/Suspense bus. When I was a kid, my dad and I got into scary books by some really great authors. Now, I wasn’t scared, no creepy idea why. My daddy was a whole ‘nother story. He would be jumpy  for the next few days. Bad me, it was the one and only time that I could scare the crap out of him for a change. Then there was the time that he read Salem’s Lot, it had made him stay up all night to read and he was trying to play it off, but it was quite obvious terrifying him. (sorry, got off on a family scary but good memory)

Anywho, being that it has been an eon since I have read a tension-building ghost story, it took me a minute to get into the book…and then I couldn’t put the darn thing down. We flip back and forth to from two mothers, one current day and one about 1900. Two mothers that are forced by circumstances that they can’t explain to make a trade for their baby’s life. The problem is, they don’t know what to trade or what the consequences will be.

This was a slow, drip by cold drip down you back as it built the tension and there were times that, honestly, I just wanted to get to the end. I guess you could say the suspense was killing me.

Grab it for Halloween!

The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525954228
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (September 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • ASIN: B00INIXNPA

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2 Responses to The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

  1. Athira says:

    I haven’t read a horror story in a good long time. I love it when it can get me really scared and worked up but I haven’t come across too many like that. I will have to check this one out.

    • Gwen says:

      This was a mellow old school build up spooky along the lines of some of the older classics. No gore, but big on isolation even though both women live around others and I just could stop myself from shaking with anticipation. Imagine the song from Jaws, do du, do du, and it just gets faster in your head until it’s resolved.

      Thank you for hanging with me, Athira, it means more that you know:)

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