REVIEW: Haunted by Amber Lynn Natusch – Release Date 1/31/12 (@amberlnatusch)

I cowered away from him, unable to formulate a coherent sentence. Questions ran through my mind though none made it past my lips. I wondered how this could be happening, what he wanted, and what major injustice I’d brought against the universe in this life or another to bring a fate such as this upon me.
Perhaps being born was reason enough.
After his near death experience only months earlier, Cooper’s behavior is rapidly deteriorating.
So what does Ruby do? She adds a new roommate into the mix.  When her friend Ronnie is abruptly called away for a family emergency, Ruby takes in Peyta, Ronnie’s highly intelligent and overly observant teenage daughter. With an increasingly unstable Cooper in the house, Ruby fears for Peyta’s safety.
But when Peyta’s behaviors become as perplexing as Cooper’s, Ruby finds herself juggling a series of lies to ensure their safety as well as her own.
Then the balls, and the bodies, start dropping…

Comical, sassy, mysterious, intense, heart-wrenching, terrifying – All of these words could easily be used to describe Haunted, the second installment of the Caged series.  Ruby’s home life is becoming more dangerous by the moment and she’s in a race against the clock to figure out why before something goes terribly wrong.  With everything hanging in the balance, the suspense keeps you guessing (and clinging to the edge of your seat) until the very last moment. 
Amber Lynn Natusch has scored again with Haunted!  I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book to review prior to the release date.  I had planned on reading a little bit here and reading a little bit there in the middle of juggling the other books in my reading schedule.  That did not go as planned.  Once I picked up Haunted, I could not put it down.  I read this book in less than 24 hours and my only regret is that I do not have the 3rd in the series to continue on with! 
One of my absolute favorite things about this book was the extraordinary amount of character growth.  Character growth that is completely seamless, mind you.  Ruby started out in Caged as a woman who spent the majority of her life broken and thanks to the gift of sight being returned to her, she was working on putting herself back together.  By the end of the book, she was a much different person than she was when we were first introduced to her.  Well, in Haunted, that character growth keeps moving forward in a very fluid fashion.  She doesn’t go from meak and mousy to a mega-bitch in a day.  The changes in her personality are subtly and gradually brought forth.  By the end of the book, you realize that not only has Ruby changed, but she’s a wicked bad ass!  The difference between the girl we met in the first few pages of Caged vs. the woman we are friends with by the end of Haunted really is staggering. 
As for the storyline, again, we are looking at original storylines.  Nothing about this book gave any hint of literary déjà vu (“I think I’ve read this before…”).  It’s a new adventure with more characters added to an already wonderful cast.  If you liked Caged, you will LOVE Haunted! 
Oh yeah.  The revelation that happens in the last few pages of this book will leave you feeling like someone just ran up to you and slapped you in the face with a sopping wet beach towel.  You will immediately say “W T F JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!”…….but in a good way.  *wink wink*
Overall, I give Haunted 5 stars!!!! 
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  1. Well now I have to read it…

  2. It’s so totally amazing. 🙂

  3. she is a fab author

    1. Yes she is! 🙂 I’m a huge dorky type fan. 🙂

    2. thanks Karin!

  4. So I bought it, and now Amazon refuses to send it to my Kindle for PC app 🙁

  5. Errr… I bought caged.

  6. HA! Apparently yelling “give me my book you fascist” worked.

    1. I nearly spit out my water reading that…

  7. LOL Yelling and/or kicking usually solves any problem involving electronics. 😉 lol I hope you like Caged as much as I did! Such a fantastic book! Haunted is even better. Only 4 more days to wait for that one! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jena. I like my big dorky fan types 🙂

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