3 out of 5 stars.
I would like to thank Dundurn for allowing me an ARC of this book via Netgalley for an open and honest review.
I liked this book, it was an enjoyable read. Although I will say that if you’re after a book that is purely ‘true’ ghost stories, this won’t be for you as it is so much more. You get the history of the places, the feel, the different opinions and observations. Yes you get people’s personal accounts of interaction with the possibly paranormal, but it isn’t JUST a book about hauntings and the unexplained.
When reviewing this book I did so on (for the Adelaide Hills) cold winter afternoons sitting in my car out in a carpark on the edge of a forest dripping with rain and rolling with mist – the perfect setting to enjoy this book. I’m sure it works fine in a house by the fire or curled up in bed at night… but I think it helped me get in the right mood to open my mind to the possibilities.
Being a believer of ghosts and unexplained happenings, I feel I may have read this book with a more open mind than others might. Would not believing – or being uncertain – change their opinion of this being a good book? I really don’t know – as I’m not them – but maybe. Still, I would like to think they would get enjoyment out of the history of the places mentioned.
I also can’t say for sure whether book 4 meets or excels at the same standards set in the first 3 books as I’ve, unfortunately, not read them… Yet.
Would I recommend this book to others? I might. I have family (via my husband) in Canada and in Ontario specifically and I probably would suggest it to them if they showed an interest in the topic about their own home province.
Would I buy this for myself? Probably not. It’s not a bad book, and was an enjoyable read. But I was after more of a book on just true ghost stories. Yes this one has them in it… but I did find the pages and pages of setting the scene and giving the history a little slow and dull at times. But this is a personal opinion and I won’t tell you this is a dull and slow book as you might enjoy all the background building!
So, whether you are a believer in ghosts or not, whether you live in or know Ontario or not, as long as you’re interested in a good bit of history and tales of the unknown – you will enjoy this book and I recommend you give it a go.
Until next time,