Book #26: Black Acres by Ambrose Ibsen

There’s No Place Like Home… 
Kim and Julian Taylor are in the market for their first home, and a visit to the secluded Beacon estate finds them enamored. It’s a peculiar home, rather large and in need of some renovations. The price is right however, and after a tour, they snap the house up without hesitation. 

The man who sells them the house has one last detail to share before they sign on the dotted line. The previous owners of the home disappeared under mysterious circumstances nearly eight years ago and have recently been declared dead in absentia. Unperturbed by this fact, Kim and Julian set about making the home their own. 

It quickly becomes clear that the two of them are not alone there, however. 

This volume contains all four installments of the serialized novel Black Acres: In Absentia, The Borderland, The Amber Lightand In Darkness. It also contains a brief preface by the author.

I received an Audible Code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Black Acres is a suspenseful horror that centers on a young couple and their new life in an estate in the country. The price was too good to pass up. The house may needed some TLC and renovations, but they were up for the challenge.

And like all horrors that have an estate in its epicenter, there are ghosts.

The horror aspect is actually a slow burn. You get bits and pieces of creepy moments, trying to figure out what is real and what isn’t. It’s not until about 75% into the book that everything makes a dramatic change and leaves you freaked out.

I’m not easily scared when reading horror books. Sure, there’s a moment of psychological “oh that was creepy” but nothing so bad that I keep thinking about it and wonder about the inspiration behind the book. Black Acres legitimately freaked me out. There is something far more horrifying than the ghosts in the house and I would tell you, but that is a spoiler.

This is a great slow burn horror that has you thinking and once it ends, you’re going to want to listen again or maybe convince someone to get the movie rights. Because, right now, I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing this as a movie or horror miniseries.

Final rating: 4/5


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