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What’s Raising Our Pulse Book Club: Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Hi everyone! Today I’ve been invited to be a part of Simon Pulse’s What’s Raising Our Pulse Book Club, where we read a book and answer a question about it. Today we’re talking about Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano, just in time for Halloween! Here’s a bit more about the book itself:

by M. Verano
Published by Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 2015

When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier. The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I read Diary of a Haunting earlier this month and let me just say, it’s definitely a creepy book that will get you into that Halloween mood! My review for it will go up this Friday. Now here’s the question for the What’s Raising Our Pulse Book Club:


If you were Chloe, would you be drawn to the intrigue of a potentially haunted house, or would you stay safely away?


I have to admit haunted-looking houses are always intriguing, but I don’t think I’d really want to hang out in one. I have a friend who used to go ghost hunting, like on those shows, and I do find that interesting. But I think I’d be too scared to actually go myself.

On a different note, every time I see a building or store for sale or rent, I always want to check it out and buy it and put some kind of a store there. Eventually my husband and I want to build a bookstore/bar, so any time I see an empty building I think about that.

So what about you guys? Are you intrigued by haunted houses enough that you’d want to go in, check it out, maybe stay and try to find some ghosts? Or are you like me, intrigued but not enough to actually go inside? Or maybe you’re not intrigued at all?

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