Short Story Review: The Ghost of Arlen Hall

Good Morning Bookworms and Bibliophiles,

Happy Friday! I hope this week wasn’t too hard for you and that you have some great plans for the weekend. I just got back from my writer’s retreat on Wednesday, so I’m just going to enjoy some more rest and relaxation.

I have another bookish review to share. This time I read the short story The Ghost of Arlen Hall by Tammie Painter.

I’ve read a number of stories from Tammie Painter, from Space Walk to Testing the Waters, and even Mrs. Morris Meets Death.

This read really appealed to me because Halloween is my favorite holiday (why can’t it be everyday?) and I can’t get enough chills and thrills. So what did I think? On to the review!



Arlen Hall is known to be troublesome, but that doesn’t stop one author from purchasing the estate the moment it goes on the market.

With her history tied to the manor house’s past and her heart tied to a man who died within its walls, the writer has devoted her life and her savings to owning the estate.

But when she moves in, the ghost of the man she’s determined to love plays hard to get. It’s only when she confronts him that she realizes Arlen Hall’s secrets should have remained in the grave.


The Review

I gave this short story four stars!

Mystery surrounds Arlen Hall, a supposedly haunted place that our main character has pined over most of her life. When she gets a chance to own this paranormally active site, her persistence seems to have paid off. But as her dream comes to fruition, she learns she may have gotten much more than she bargained for.

This was a fun spooky read that got me in the Halloween spirit.

The setting was perfect. I mean, who doesn’t love a haunted house? Arlen Hall has plenty of history, and I enjoyed exploring that aspect and all the drama and heartache it brought with it.

The main character is obsessed with this place, and I get that, especially since her ancestors owned it and it had backstory. I do wish that the character had a smidgeon more depth. I wanted there to be more behind the obsession than was present, but at just twelve pages, I think Tammie Painter did a pretty good job.

The chills and the mystery really kept me going, and I loved that ending!

Definitely worth a read if you’re in the mood for a haunting!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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