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Review: The House Where Evil Lurks – Brandon Callahan

Review: The House Where Evil Lurks – Brandon CallahanAuthor: Brandon Callahan
Title: The House Where Evil Lurks
Publisher: LLewellyn Publications
Pages: 264
Release Date: September 8, 2004
Genres: Non-Fiction
This is not a Hollywood tale, it is a true account of one of the most malevolent hauntings ever recorded. Join experienced paranormal investigator Brandon Callahan as one demon-infested property shocks his team with the intensity of its hostility, especially when the darkness bleeds into their everyday lives.

When Brandon Callahan answers an innocent homeowner's plea for help, he has no idea he is about to become entangled with the most malicious supernatural force of his career. The House Where Evil Lurks chronicles a host of alarming activity: disembodied shrieks and growls, threatening EVPs, violent confrontations, horrific nightmares, sightings of spirits and dark entities, and physical attacks that change the lives of these seasoned investigators forever.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Welcome to Jen’s review of THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL LURKS by Brandon Callahan!

The House Where Evil Lurks details Brandon Callahan’s horrible experiences as a paranormal investigator and his determination to persist despite the negative effect it has had on his life.

Much of the book is about one particular house. However, the title is a little misleading because there is a lot more to the book that has nothing to do with the house.

I feel that the book should have been streamlined. I got the impression that this author has a tendency to go off on tangents. Some of the information included in the book seemed irrelevant to the case he was trying to focus on. I thought several times, why is he telling me this? Some of the book felt like filler rather than anything the reader needs to know in order to understand his experiences with Shane’s house.

The author is also repetitive. I noted several instances in which he told the reader something he had already said earlier.

At the beginning of the book, he tells the reader about things that seem unnecessary for the reader to know. Much later, he comes back to these things. I think it would have been better to wait to introduce them, since they weren’t a big part of the story. For example, his nightmares don’t have a lot to do with the case. I never understood why the reader needed to know about the Nemesis. This could have been mentioned briefly, but it didn’t have to be in the introduction and brought up repeatedly, since it had no bearing on the case.

Callahan does a good job of conveying his emotions at the time of his experiences. The reader can really relate to him. Unfortunately, the validity of his story got blown up toward the end of the book. When he is talking to Jason about the house and what to do about it, Jason says he doesn’t know what the thing in the house is. A few sentences later, he proclaims it is a demon. Which is it? Jason doesn’t know or Jason knows? Or, Jason never said that and the whole thing is bogus?

Up until that point, I felt sorry for Brandon,  his friends, and his clients. After he makes conflicting reports of what Jason said, I didn’t care anymore. If your story isn’t consistent, it’s probably made up.

The story has a conversational tone, and there are a lot of unnecessary explanations and anecdotes. While this was entertaining at times, it was also annoying at times.



Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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