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  1. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Very much enjoyed! I'll be honest, I picked up this one because of the cockatiel on the cover and was curious if the bird was in the book. Yes, I have several birds (certified crazy bird lady), including a tiel. It was really good, and I finished it in less than 24 hours. It wasn't what I expected, but that's a good thing. Too many books are too predictable. Will definitely be looking into his other books! And yes the bird is in the book. Very much enjoyed! I'll be honest, I picked up this one because of the cockatiel on the cover and was curious if the bird was in the book. Yes, I have several birds (certified crazy bird lady), including a tiel. It was really good, and I finished it in less than 24 hours. It wasn't what I expected, but that's a good thing. Too many books are too predictable. Will definitely be looking into his other books! And yes the bird is in the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I love a good bump in the night ghost story and this one had some interesting twists. What would you do if you thought your house was haunted because you saw things in the shadows, heard unusual noises and found doors open after you locked them? This isn't your average ghost story. It has some twists to it. Good characters, story line and the ending didn't leave you wondering what happened. One of the twists I predicted, but there were others I didn't see coming. Will this story make you afraid I love a good bump in the night ghost story and this one had some interesting twists. What would you do if you thought your house was haunted because you saw things in the shadows, heard unusual noises and found doors open after you locked them? This isn't your average ghost story. It has some twists to it. Good characters, story line and the ending didn't leave you wondering what happened. One of the twists I predicted, but there were others I didn't see coming. Will this story make you afraid of the dark? No, but it might make you wonder how far someone will go in being unable to let go of the deceased. Another good book by Abe Moss. I couldn't put it down last night until I finished it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    A Ghost Arrives by Abe Moss Before this book, I’ve read Gills by Abe Moss and while disturbing, it didn’t keep me from sleeping; so I didn’t think anything about reading this one before bed. Bad idea on my part! After reading almost halfway, I wasn’t able to sleep until after dawn! This is exactly the type of story for me that has my brain saying, ‘nothing like this could ever happen’, while the rest of my body is like ‘uh-huh, sure’, as I turn on every light in the house and check the closets a A Ghost Arrives by Abe Moss Before this book, I’ve read Gills by Abe Moss and while disturbing, it didn’t keep me from sleeping; so I didn’t think anything about reading this one before bed. Bad idea on my part! After reading almost halfway, I wasn’t able to sleep until after dawn! This is exactly the type of story for me that has my brain saying, ‘nothing like this could ever happen’, while the rest of my body is like ‘uh-huh, sure’, as I turn on every light in the house and check the closets and under the bed. This is a full-length, stand-alone, horror novel at 356 pages. I read it at my usual speed so it is a moderate read. There is no sex but it does contain swearing with about three dozen f-words, scenes with black or dark magic, and some imagery that could be disturbing to some but was mostly just scary to me. It is well-edited with only a couple of typos. So this is basically a ghost story that is really intense as the plot twists and turns its way to the end. At times I was expecting all sorts of things to jump out of the story at me, but then it would head in a different direction. The characterizations were good but the sister could have been a bit better. At first she seemed like a frumpy housewife type, but then you find out that she is an artist. It was the one thing in the story that didn’t seem to go together for me. I liked the level of atmosphere in the scenes, anymore and I would probably have had nightmares. You can expect ghostly happenings, suspense, death, a magic ritual, a crotchety father, family secrets, a ghost, a cute cockatiel, and a bittersweet ending. The book is really good and was an intense read that kept me awake to read it and awake long after I finished it. I give it an A- (five stars). I received an ARC of this book in the hopes that I would voluntarily leave an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    As a cockatiel owner and horror fan I was looking forward to this novel which was drawn to my attention by a lovely Goodreads friend. This book was fairly enjoyable although I found the last third a little slow going and repetitive. Admittedly I don't usually like supernatural horror so perhaps it was never entirely going to be my cup of tea. In terms of the characters, I had a fondness for Rachel and thought she was rather sweet. The brother annoyed me and needed a good kick up the backside. Th As a cockatiel owner and horror fan I was looking forward to this novel which was drawn to my attention by a lovely Goodreads friend. This book was fairly enjoyable although I found the last third a little slow going and repetitive. Admittedly I don't usually like supernatural horror so perhaps it was never entirely going to be my cup of tea. In terms of the characters, I had a fondness for Rachel and thought she was rather sweet. The brother annoyed me and needed a good kick up the backside. The final chapter was superb, seeing the world through the eyes of the 'tiel! Credit must go to the author for his depiction of Darcy. He really got the mannerisms and cheekiness of our antipodean feathered friends spot on!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Started reading this October 14th, couldn't really get through it. Restarted on 17th.. DNF-ed on the 18th. The nighttime parts were fantastic and haunting and OMG scary as freak. But the daytime parts were dreadful, boring, and the characters were so not to my liking (especially Rachel). And it really says something to me if I am at 25% and wondering how the hell this book still has 75% and with each new development I think I am far in, but in the mean time I am only at a third of the book, and Started reading this October 14th, couldn't really get through it. Restarted on 17th.. DNF-ed on the 18th. The nighttime parts were fantastic and haunting and OMG scary as freak. But the daytime parts were dreadful, boring, and the characters were so not to my liking (especially Rachel). And it really says something to me if I am at 25% and wondering how the hell this book still has 75% and with each new development I think I am far in, but in the mean time I am only at a third of the book, and so on, until I dropped it around 42%. I just couldn't see an end to this, plus, knowing there is a human element just makes the awesome night story suddenly very less interesting. Also, if your brother disappears why not looking in the freaking basement? Hello, you have to search every part not just casually look in his room. And I found it hilarious that Wallace reacted in awe when he got to his sister's apartment and saw her paintings and was realising his sister had talent. HELLO YOU GOT A PAINTING FROM HER EARLIER IN THE BOOK.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Miller

    So good! I love this man’s writing style. This is the third book of his that I’ve read and each one has been impressive. He’s not pretentious, and writes such well developed characters that you get sucked into the books as they go places you weren’t expecting. What started out as a simple sounding haunting turned into so much more. I don’t want to give too much away, but I ended up liking Wallace, the supposedly useless son, quite a bit. Darcy as well, makes me want to own another cockatiel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cristin

    Cockatiel I was not expecting anything like what I just read. I am beyond pleased, though the ending left me sad. I loved the I loved the cockatiel especially.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Asher Taylor-Dawson

    Spooky & Engaging I love a good ghost story, but gratuitous gore does nothing for me (okay, sometimes it's good for a laugh), so I'm glad I gave Abe Moss a try. While he can bring on the gore at the right moment, his work relies on a subtler, spookier atmosphere that's ultimately much more satisfying than the cheap jump-scares and slaughterhouse hijinks employed by too many authors. Moss' writing is good overall, and some of his passages are very, very good. His protagonists are just complex enoug Spooky & Engaging I love a good ghost story, but gratuitous gore does nothing for me (okay, sometimes it's good for a laugh), so I'm glad I gave Abe Moss a try. While he can bring on the gore at the right moment, his work relies on a subtler, spookier atmosphere that's ultimately much more satisfying than the cheap jump-scares and slaughterhouse hijinks employed by too many authors. Moss' writing is good overall, and some of his passages are very, very good. His protagonists are just complex enough for the fast pace of the novel, revealing their depths bit by bit as the pages turn. They don't always do what I would do in a given situation, but their actions are believable in the context of their personalities. Meanwhile, Moss' conception of the parallel reality of the haunting is original and engaging. And, of course, as other reviewers have noted, Darcy the cockatiel turns out to be both a well-realized character and an important part of the story. Overall, a spooky, fast, and engaging read. I'm looking forward to exploring more of Moss' work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book to read and review by hiddengemsbooks.com and the author. A Ghost Arrives is melancholy and atmospheric, exactly what you want in a ghost story. The book is confusing in the way something mysterious is meant to be and you're left wondering about so many things... Is it a ghost causing all of the strange occurrences in Wallace Harper's father's house, or does it have a much more real-world issue? Where did the strange brush his sister found in the base I was given a complimentary copy of this book to read and review by hiddengemsbooks.com and the author. A Ghost Arrives is melancholy and atmospheric, exactly what you want in a ghost story. The book is confusing in the way something mysterious is meant to be and you're left wondering about so many things... Is it a ghost causing all of the strange occurrences in Wallace Harper's father's house, or does it have a much more real-world issue? Where did the strange brush his sister found in the basement come from? What exactly does the neighbor who borrows their dad's truck do with it? What is HAPPENING? All of the answers come together in a really exciting way, and it was well outside my expectations. I figured one tiny bit of the whole thing out, but never could have gotten the rest! This was a great spooky read for a cool October, and I highly suggest reading it in a spooky setting, if you can.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teena Renken

    A good story A creepy story that kept me reading. A son returns home to live int his fathers house. Something is going on there, a strange voice calls his name. At night things begin to happen. Although I really like this author this story felt a bit rushed. When the information finally came, to solve the story, it felt like it a bunch of random things tossed together. Maybe it was just me, but it didn’t have that satisfying feel as most books leave you with

  11. 4 out of 5

    Omar Trevino

    Supernatural Family Drama Really enjoyed reading this book. It is the third book I've read from Abe Moss this month, Oct'20. I wouldn't call it a horror story but it does make your skin crawl here and there. Strong likeable characters, especially Darcy, great writing and a solid plot. I really enjoy the author's writing, he has a great way of describing things and is easy to follow. Would definitely recommend this book if your looking for a good ghost story with some twists. Supernatural Family Drama Really enjoyed reading this book. It is the third book I've read from Abe Moss this month, Oct'20. I wouldn't call it a horror story but it does make your skin crawl here and there. Strong likeable characters, especially Darcy, great writing and a solid plot. I really enjoy the author's writing, he has a great way of describing things and is easy to follow. Would definitely recommend this book if your looking for a good ghost story with some twists.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Kviz

    Complex and compelling Once I got into this story it was hard to put it down. Initially, I found one of the main characters to be so annoying that I contemplated not reading the book. Once the hauntings began, I was hooked. There were so many unique and mysterious elements to the plot. The greatest praise I can give this book is how the author tries up all the elements of the many weird events at the conclusion. If you enjoy stories about the paranormal, this book delivers.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Fernandes

    Malevolent Wraith Thank you Abe Moss for the ARC of your book in exchange for an honest review. It is always a pleasure reading your books.They are suspenseful. They are bone chilling. I loved the cast of characters especially the clever cockatiel Darcy. The story is guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. I recommend all this author's books, especially for horror buffs Malevolent Wraith Thank you Abe Moss for the ARC of your book in exchange for an honest review. It is always a pleasure reading your books.They are suspenseful. They are bone chilling. I loved the cast of characters especially the clever cockatiel Darcy. The story is guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. I recommend all this author's books, especially for horror buffs

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dawn Drenning

    Bravo! Another great book by a new favorite author of mine. I have read all of Abe's books to date and have enjoyed them all! I rave about him all the time. I don't understand how his name isn't everywhere in the horror book community. He deserves to be up there with the greats after this many good books. I hope he continues to write for a very long time. Bravo! Another great book by a new favorite author of mine. I have read all of Abe's books to date and have enjoyed them all! I rave about him all the time. I don't understand how his name isn't everywhere in the horror book community. He deserves to be up there with the greats after this many good books. I hope he continues to write for a very long time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Ghost Story This was a slow a burn ghost story. This was a unique twist on a classic tale in that it was not made to spook, but rather, to pull at emotions. The twists were predictable but the character arc was profound: how long will someone hold on to the past and the loved one they lost. A good Halloween read for those who aren't into the scary stuff. Ghost Story This was a slow a burn ghost story. This was a unique twist on a classic tale in that it was not made to spook, but rather, to pull at emotions. The twists were predictable but the character arc was profound: how long will someone hold on to the past and the loved one they lost. A good Halloween read for those who aren't into the scary stuff.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lola Brown

    A New Spin on an Classic Concept As always, Abe Moss offers up a familiar concept, written in a way that only Abe could muster. Though this novel was kind of a slow burn, I found myself unable to put it down. You can't go wrong with an Abe Moss novel. Keep up the excellent work, good sir! A New Spin on an Classic Concept As always, Abe Moss offers up a familiar concept, written in a way that only Abe could muster. Though this novel was kind of a slow burn, I found myself unable to put it down. You can't go wrong with an Abe Moss novel. Keep up the excellent work, good sir!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane DiGiovanni

    Excellent Outstanding. Do not start reading this in the evening unless you're a fast reader because you won't be able to stop reading until you have finished the book. There are surprises throughout, and parts you will definitely be sad about, but you're going to be glad you read it. Excellent Outstanding. Do not start reading this in the evening unless you're a fast reader because you won't be able to stop reading until you have finished the book. There are surprises throughout, and parts you will definitely be sad about, but you're going to be glad you read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doris F. Calderon

    Unanticipated The story was so exciting in the beginning and it was the genre that I was looking for. However, I was not happy when the storyline changed and the premise changed and the story became extremely violent. It certainly is a thrilling horror story. If this is your genre then you will enjoy it. I shuttered through the ending. As a side note, I loved the cockatiel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    A. M. Hodges

    The premise of the story was good The story had a lot of potential. However, I had a hard time with the author's writing style. He seemed to be intent on using as many different adjectives as possible and, sadly, they weren't always appropriate or made sense. Where was his editor? In this case, more isn't always better. The premise of the story was good The story had a lot of potential. However, I had a hard time with the author's writing style. He seemed to be intent on using as many different adjectives as possible and, sadly, they weren't always appropriate or made sense. Where was his editor? In this case, more isn't always better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Great title and cover I enjoyed this book by Abe Moss. I was drawn to it by the title and cover. I liked the synopsis too, so I downloaded it. I quickly became immersed in the story and looked forward to picking up where I left off each time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    brian scott montgomery

    Engaging I’ve liked all the books I have read from Abe Moss, great stories writing and grammatically correct. Which is not always the case with kindle! Look forward to your next work!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela Cannon

    Not your “same old” ghost story This story is amazing! I couldn’t put it down! This book was a good read- scary and well put together. Kept me guessing throughout. I love Darcy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cattie Whaley

    READ THIS BOOK!! As a horror fan, this book intrigued me. The supernatural aspect was great! Great characters and I loved the bird Darcy! Dark magic, murder, conniving characters and ghosts...what's not to love?! Highly recommend! READ THIS BOOK!! As a horror fan, this book intrigued me. The supernatural aspect was great! Great characters and I loved the bird Darcy! Dark magic, murder, conniving characters and ghosts...what's not to love?! Highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Different, in an engaging way... Not a typical ghost story, but well done. The main characters were well defined, and the plot was twisty as is expected in a book including ghosts and other horror staples.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy Morris

    Great book. Loved it. What an amazing twist

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Sahli

    Ok. Figured this out very early on in the book. It was an Ok read but predictable. I loved Darcy btw.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie Llanos

    Loving me some Abe Moss! This is the third Abe Moss book I’ve read in a row. I love his writing style, his content, everything. Definitely reading another one next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Lee Spizzirri

    Another great one by Abe Moss This one had me on the he edge of my seat. I've said bin previous reviews his imagination is out there. Read his books you won't regret it. Another great one by Abe Moss This one had me on the he edge of my seat. I've said bin previous reviews his imagination is out there. Read his books you won't regret it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane Mackereth

    Excellent book This book will keep your interest from start to finish. Well written and kept you guessing what new surprise is waiting for you. I really enjoyed this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rose Haskins

    Excellent A real twist on a haunting. But sure can grab your attention and give you a fun time reading. Enjoy

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