Book Review – Haunting Megan

So there I was last night, so tired I almost needed matchsticks to keep my eyes open, and did I settle down and go to sleep? Well no, not right away… one of the curses of the e-reader (well kindle anyway, I assume other e-readers do the same) is that it tells you how much longer you have to read to get to the end of a book. One more hour isn’t that long… not when you really have to find out what happens… so I carried on reading and I’m glad that I did. And the book that kept me awake… this one:

Haunting Megan by Rebecca Reilly

meganBook Blurb: After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Megan wakes to screams, cries of murder, and the room splattered with blood. Sent to the mountains to live with the grandfather who’d once abandoned them, Megan must learn to care for her young sisters and manage Wind Hollow Lodge. Megan tries to ignore the haunting memories of her past as she struggles to live a normal life. But she can’t ignore the ghosts who terrorize her, nor can she calm the fear that her sanity is slipping away. When deputies discover the bodies of men murdered on Wind Hollow land, people start to wonder just how crazy Megan Wilson really is.

The investigation at Wind Hollow Lodge is just another case to Deputy Jason Belt—until he sees Megan. Drawn to her beauty and her wounded spirit, his oath to protect and serve takes on new meaning. But why did she lie to him? What does she have to hide?

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: From the very opening of this book your heart really goes out to the main character Megan. I could really feel the pain of the young girl who brings a friend home for what should be a normal sleep over and instead has to let someone else into the dark secrets of her family and the truth behind her abusive alcoholic mother. As if that wasn’t painful enough for poor Megan the sudden and brutal murder of her sister tears the lives of Megan and her family apart, with her mother the apparent killer Megan and her two younger sisters have no option but to move to the home of their grandfather, Wind Hollow Lodge, and try to build their lives anew.

I loved how the story then gave us glimpses of the lives of the three girls as the years pass and the horror of that night is put behind them, well most of them, in times of stress or upset Megan finds herself visited by the ghost of her murdered sister.

Megan develops into a character who is both strong and yet fragile, she would do anything she could to protect those she loves, namely her sisters and grandfather, but when the handsome Deputy tries to get close Megan is far too afraid to let herself feel anything in return for if he really got to know her surely he would run a mile?

When bodies begin appearing in the hills around the lodge many eyes turn to Megan, but she isn’t a killer… is she? The Deputy may have feelings for her but that doesn’t mean he can save her from the truth and if she is guilty where does that leave any of them?

I won’t spoil anything by revealing the ending except to say that I was very satisfying and concluded what was an incredibly enjoyable read. I would happily recommend this to anyone… Give it a read, I think you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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