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Review: Stalking Shadows – Debi Chestnut

Review: Stalking Shadows – Debi ChestnutAuthor: Debi Chestnut
Title: Stalking Shadows
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Pages: 216
Release Date: 2014-09-01
Genres: Non-Fiction
If the world of the paranormal were a house, Stalking Shadows would be its wicked basement. And like a basement full of sinister energy, this collection of true stories is powerful enough to snuff out your flashlight, leaving you trembling in the darkness. Join psychic medium and paranormal investigator Debi Chestnut as she explores twelve terrifying true encounters with ghosts, dark beings, and negative entities. Discover an abandoned house of horrors that becomes more evil with every victim it claims. Follow a tortured spirit trapped in a forsaken mirror. Feel the savage pain of a distraught ghost that screams out in agony. Once you descend into the paranormal basement, you’ll uncover the true lives of the dead—in thrilling ways you never expected.
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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 STALKING SHADOWS by Debi Chestnut!

Stalking Shadows (releasing September 8th, 2014) is a collection of some of Debi Chestnut’s experiences as a psychic medium and paranormal investigator.

The book begins with a very visual prologue, which I enjoyed a lot.

As a whole, the book is entertaining, generally well-written, and achieves her goal of educating readers on the nature of spirits. However, there were some things that bothered me about this book.

First and foremost, the author is annoying at times because she is so repetitious. Almost every time she begins a new story, she reminds the reader that she is a member of the Black River Paranormal group. Not only is this annoying, it is insulting. Does she really think I forgot this in less than a page or so? She does this with Roger as well. She keeps telling the reader that he is the founder. Telling me once is enough. It doesn’t have to be repeated.

Second, she threw in some stories about cases she hasn’t personally investigated. These clash with all the other stories that are about her own experiences. If she wanted to include cases she hasn’t worked on, I believe they should have been in a separate section of the book.

Third, she makes some comments that were offensive and/or incongruous with other things she said. The one that stood out the most was in chapter three. I didn’t understand why she would say she it makes her smile that the ghosts were too much to handle and drove people away from her previous home. Why would she enjoy other people’s suffering? It’s sad people couldn’t handle living there for very long. I wouldn’t be smiling about that. What is she thinking? Score one for the ghosts?

There was another instance in the conclusion. After just telling us about a case in chapter nine where a negative entity physically hurt people, she says in the conclusion that there’s nothing to fear from spirits. I was like, “What? You just told us that some spirits are bad!”

I think this book needs a lot of revising before being published. For Kindle, the formatting was screwed up. I found spelling and punctuation errors. Also, there were some places where repetitive word choices stood out. I expect this, though, with an ARC.

Hopefully, by the time of publication, some of my present concerns will be irrelevant.


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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