October 28, 2012

Review - Dead Whispers (A.E. Angel)

Journey through New England's haunted past with an all-female paranormal investigation team, Whaling City Ghosts, to explore an audio fortress of ghosts at over 8 locations. Oftentimes, with long and violent periods, these locations have become some of the most haunted places in the world. Learn about the Salem witch trials and meet their ghosts as they speak out to you. Enter Lizzie Borden's B&B, if you dare, as investigators and celebrities examine claims of paranormal activity in a room where a violent ax murder took place over 100 years ago. Visit an ancient cemetery where the ghosts do not rest easy. Roam the hallways of a historic, haunted gentleman's club and be invited into private homes where ghosts from all ages reside. Tremble to the entity telling an investigator, "You're mine" in a sinister form of intimidation at a New England home. Take an adventure like no other, and listen to the dead whispers of the past with an enclosed CD. When a ghost asks, "Who are you?" could it be talking to you?


Review
Ghosts! Some embrace the idea, others reject it. Personally I'm not entirely convinced, yet don't exactly rule out the possibility either. In Dead Whispers you'll get to read, and listen to, the ghostly encounters Luann Joly and her paranormal team have come across.
Focusing on EVPs, Electronic Voice Phenomenon, much of the investigation relies on recording the voices of the Dead. As the Audio CD wasn't included with the eGalley I received from the publisher, I cannot say how much I would have managed to "hear" in the examples gathered. People like to think in patterns, so the interesting question would be, how much we are reading into what, to some, is only noise?
My skepticism aside, especially regarding how easy it seems for the team to visit places and the ghosts will always make their "appearance", no patience and waiting needed, I appreciated how the reviewing of evidence and collecting of data doesn't lead to instantaneous assumptions that ghosts must exist. Essentially it's about logging and recording and the hope that one day this will lead to definite answers.
Either way, I found the book itself genuinely intriguing. From introductions to haunted places to the actual process of recording, sadly skimping on technical detail, straight to developing theories on the dearly departed and why they sometimes dwell, I can well imagine this book to work great if presented as paranormal show on TV.
In short: When ghosts talk! Or do they?

3/5 Trees

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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