Author: J.F. Sawyer
First Published: 2009
Page Count: 141
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
The book is one big tease on various cases the Warren’s investigated that might or might not be worth your time.
*Spine tingling tales
*Stories abruptly end with no conclusion *Poorly written
“The supernatural – a vast area within which man’s accepted knowledge and beliefs no longer hold true.” Ed and Lorraine Warren are a famous team of paranormal researchers whose lives were most recently highlighted in the hit movie The Conjuring. Sawyer takes readers through a variety of cases the Warrens’ have investigated including possessions, voodoo, and witchcraft. Many of these cases have spawned their own films or played a part in their inspiration, including the famous Exorcist movie.
This is yet another one of my literary ventures into the life of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Say what you will about the validity of their claims and about the supernatural, at the end of the day whether it’s true or not, it’s still creepy. The tales in the book definitely fit the creepy description and imagining them really happening to someone made it hard for me to read it alone at night. I know….I am so lame. Regardless, I still twitched every time I heard a bump in the night I wasn’t expecting. The book serves its purpose; you’re exposed to a variety of supernatural experiences the Warren’s investigated so you get a good range of stories.
One thing that was really disappointing about the book was that the stories were only around 10 pages max and the story would just end abruptly, usually without even letting the reader know what became of the investigation. I mean, even if it’s fake or real, I want an ending! It was so unsatisfying and really dropped the books appeal for me. On top of that, the writing was very childish. The stories were so sloppily put together that the sequence of events felt jumbled. Poor writing and a lack of any conclusion could, understandably, be a big turnoff for most people.
The book is extremely short and can be found very cheaply on Amazon. If you have an interest in the paranormal or the Warren’s, I’d say check it out because the stories are interesting to look into. You’d just have to weigh how much dissatisfaction you can take versus your desire to check out these stories when trying to decide whether to buy the book. I’m glad I read it because the cheap price would’ve been too much of a temptation. However, it really depends on your interest level with this one. On the other hand, you could always get the same fix watching A Haunting, right?