Book Review: The Haunting of Trinity House (The Magnus Conrad Chronicles Book 1)
Hey Readers, and welcome to yet another book review!
Today I’m reviewing The Haunting of Trinity House by Travis Liebert.
If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’ve been a fan of his for a while. To date, I’ve read several of his horror short story collections (links provided at the bottom of this post), and loved them to pieces.
This work is a bit different in that it’s a full-fledged novel. So, how did this novel stack up to Liebert’s other work? Keep on reading to find out!
He’s always been haunted by his past…
…but now he’s being hunted by it.
Magnus Conrad swore he’d never return to Trinity House. There was too much pain in that building. Too many memories…
But when an old friend comes to Magnus for help, he’s forced to break his promise and return once more. Soon he finds himself battling a vengeful supernatural entity – one who brings back painful memories of Magnus’ childhood.
Will he finally uncover the secrets of his tragic past? Or will he only stumble deeper into a maze of dark forces and wicked plans?
As Magnus fights against the nightmares of his youth, he begins to suspect something else at play. There’s more to Trinity House than meets the eye. An older evil lurks behind the scenes…watching…waiting.
Can Magnus overcome the horrors of Trinity House, or will he succumb to the starved and twisted thing that lurks within its walls?
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As a big Travis Liebert fan, it surprised me that I didn’t enjoy this story as much as his other works.
This novel is about a man named Magnus who has been haunted by a horrific accident that killed his parents when he was a kid. He’s spent his life researching texts on the paranormal searching for answers, but when an old friend suddenly reenters his life, those answers may be closer than he thought.
Overall, I thing the main issue I had with this novel was making a connection. The flow and pacing of the story felt discombobulated and made it hard for me to really get into the swing of things. I kept thinking it was just me, so I’d set it down, then pick it up later just to experience the same thing. It was surprising since I’ve always loved the pacing of his shorter stories.
I also had a hard time connecting with Magnus on a deeper level. I just felt like there needed to be more to him. This one traumatic experience kind of dominates who he is.
I did really like his friend Sophie and her interaction with a character named Casey. More of that would’ve been awesome, although maybe there will be more of that in this series. I hope so!
The plot had some decent scary moments especially with the Trinity House, but in the end I wish the progression would’ve been a bit more seamless.
I won’t be continuing this series, but I’m definitely not giving up on this author’s future works, especially those of the shorter variety.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books 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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