Published by Simon Pulse on August 25th 2015
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories, New Experience, Social Issues, Young Adult
In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, an American teen recounts the strange events that occur after she moves into a new—and very haunted—home with her family in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.Letters, photographs, and a journal…all left behind in the harrowing aftermath. Following her parents’ high-profile divorce, Paige and her brother are forced to move to Idaho with their mother, and Paige doesn’t have very high hopes for her new life. The small town they’ve moved to is nothing compared to the life she left behind in LA. And the situation is made even worse by the drafty old mansion they’ve rented that’s filled with spiders and plenty of other pests that Paige can’t even bear to imagine. Pretty soon, strange things start to happen around the house—one can of ravioli becomes a dozen, unreadable words start appearing on the walls, and Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house late at night. And there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor who seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on. Things only get creepier when she learns about the cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost one hundred years earlier. The more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: there’s something in the house, and whatever it is…and it won’t be backing down without a fight.
Diary of a Haunting is written completely in online entries by a teenage girl, and it’s very convincing with teen speak and internet slag, so it was just like finding a real diary and reading through the sometimes rather awkward entries. Paige happens to experience really creepy events in the house she had just recently moved to due to her parents’ divorce. Her mother and brother also live with her, although Paige and her brother are the ones experiencing most/worst of the creepiness. Her mother ignores basically everything that happens and is annoyingly the ‘la la la there’s only positive energy!’ types.
At the end I was like, “Why? What? Huh?” Things were just so confusing and I didn’t quite understand why. What was it about Paige that had the house active? And the source of all that was happening, what was the point? I have too many questions. Although, despite being totally confused, the ending was creepy.
Spiders and flies, they’re mentioned a lot. In fact, they’re probably the freakiest things mentioned in the book. I might be a little paranoid about having those ugly things crawling all over my face at night, so there’s that.
If you like very quick reads and love reading diary formats (I know I do), try this.