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All the Lovely Bad Ones - Mary Downing Hahn - Bogormen
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All the Lovely Bad Ones - Mary Downing Hahn
Title: All the Lovely Bad ones
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Genre: Horror
Rating: 2/5
# pages: 192
Date read:

Travis and his sister, Corey, can't resist a good trick- so when they learn that their grandmother's sleepy Vermont inn has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little haunting of their own. Scaring the guests proves to be great fun, and before long, the inn is filled with tourists and ghost hunters eager for a glimpse of the supernatural.

But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren't the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. Restless, spiteful spirits swarm the inn, while a dark and terrifying presence stalks the halls and the old oak grove on the inns grounds. To lay the ghosts to rest, Travis and Corey must first discover the dark history of Fox Hill and the horrors visited on its inhabitants years earlier.

Not very well fleshed out, I thought the story dragged, and it wasn't until I was almost half way through, that I was truly interested in what happened next. The ghost story part wasn't very scary - the truly chilling bit was how all the lovely bad ones had been treated before their death - that did rise my ire, and made me want to see justice come to light at the end. I did think even that was exaggerated though, and that a similar effect could have been obtained with much less cheap tricks.

But perhaps I am just a much too old first-time reader. 10-12 year olds would probably have appreciated the spookiness a lot more than I did.

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