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