Title: Ghost Hunted
Author: B.L. Maxwell
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 3rd 2018
Page Count: 205
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.38 stars out of 5
Jason Thomas had always been obsessed with the ghost stories he’d watched on television from the time he was a kid. He’d always dreamed of visiting those haunted places, and playing amateur ghost hunters with his best friend Wade. As they grew older, Jason’s fascination with ghosts grew as well, and he’d drag Wade along to different haunted houses or hotels, always hoping to see an actual ghost.
Wade Rivers loved spending time with Jason, even if it meant he’d have to endure another creepy, supposedly haunted location. Friends since they were kids, and always inseparable, Wade’s feelings for Jason deepened from friendship into something more. Unfortunately, so did his fear of the places Jason wanted to explore.
The chance to spend a weekend alone in a famous haunted house was too much for Jason to resist, and almost too much for Wade to endure. He knew going to the deserted house was everything Jason had ever dreamed of, so Wade tried to put his fears aside. But when paranormal things start to happen, admitting to Jason how he feels suddenly isn’t the scariest thing Wade will encounter.
Wade has had unrequited feelings for his best friend for a long time. Going along on Jason’s ghost hunting excursions, he tries to keep Jason from trouble, although it doesn’t work very well. Of course the intention isn’t to get into trouble or thrown in jail, it just happens. Wade isn’t a believer of ghosts and the only reason he follows Jason to all the scary places is because he wants the chance to spend the time alone with Jason. Not long after they arrive at the Vineyard Wade almost gets a flying glass crashing into his head which is the turning point for the boys. The ghosts haunting this place obviously doesn’t want them there.
The cover is wonderfully inviting, just right for a ghost story. I liked the plot and the atmosphere, the story has sweet moments and action with plenty of ghost activity mixed with romance and suspense. This is a ghost story especially fitting for those who are impatient and want action. Personally though, I’m more for the build up and where the people has to work for solving the puzzle. The communication between the ghost and the boys were also too clear and easy in my opinion. After all they are dead and we are alive…
The characters are a pair of opposites who, no doubt, mean well but gets into trouble rather often. Jason is curious and excitable, almost like a puppy while Wade is the more careful one, who tries to rein him in although it doesn’t really work. They have a strong friendship and care about each other a lot. Revelations are made and soon things go beyond that friendship. This happens rather early and I would have liked it to take more time to let the tension build more for they are really good at talking things out and there’s no awkwardness or uncertainty about their change in status when it does happen.