Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie
Craig does an excellent job of setting the mood with his evocative description of the place which is both intriguing and unsettling. Along with Matt and Claire, the crew includes an actress/investigator, a tech manager, and a cameraman. The diversity of their backgrounds and their placement on the scale from believer to skeptic make a nice contrast as you see the events unfold from each of their perspectives. The layout of the house is eerie, particularly the basement where bizarre experiments were performed in the past. A sense of unease permeates every page.
The structure of the story, with descriptive video transcripts of the events interspersed with journal entries capturing the feelings of the participants lends a sense of reality to what transpires. The journals also highlight the fractures within the group and their individual internal struggles. Curiosity wars with fear in each of the characters leading them deeper into the mystery pulling the reader in deeper with them. Events continue to escalate until the inevitable climax. The story meanders a little near the end, but the final few pages will send a shiver down your spine.
The writing style is very approachable reminding me of Devolution by Max Brooks. The dramatic tension reminded me of movies like the wonderful Session 9. This is a very entertaining book with great pacing and atmosphere. Fans of ghost stories and psychological suspense will enjoy!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.