REVIEW: GRAVE'S END BY ELAINE MERCADO

GRAVE'S END: A TRUE GHOST STORY
ELAINE MERCADO
GENRE: PARANORMAL/NONFICTION


SYNOPSIS

When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklin, New York, in 1982, they had no idea that they and their youg daughters were embarking on a thirteen year nightmare.

Within a few days of moving in, Elaine and her older daughter began to experience the sensation of being watched. Then came scratching moises and weird smells, followed by voices whispering, maniacal laughter, shadowy figures scurrying along baseboards, and small balls of light bouncing along the ceilings. From the beginning of the haunting, "suffocating dreams" were experienced by everyone except the younger daughter These eventually accelerated to physical aggression directed at Elaine and both the girls.

This book is the true story of how one family tried to cope with living in a haunted house. It also describes how, with the help of a parapsychologist Dr. Hans Holtzer and the medium Marisa Anderson, the family discovered the tragic and heartbreaking secrets buried in the house at Grave's End.




MY TAKE

3 STARS


This book is written from the point of view of the author, Elaine Mercado. Grave's End tells her real-life experience of a haunting that ruled her and her family's life for many years. It was interesting to read about the disturbances this family experience in their home. I have always found it interesting to read first-hand experiences of the paranormal.

Mercado stresses over and over throughout the book how terrified she was during the times of frequent paranormal activity happening in the home followed by periods of normalcy. It's obvious that it was affecting not only her, but her children as well. I was astounded by how long it actually took for this family to seek out help or even research their home—we are talking years and years of living in fear.

I don't know if I much cared for the solution of bringing a “medium” into the home. I'm a bit on the fence when people start calling themselves a medium. I can buy the fact that some people are more sensitive to the “Other Side”, but people who call themselves mediums and claim to speak directly (and have conversations) with ghosts not so much.

I do believe this book could have been better written had Mercado teamed up with an established author to write this book. Nonetheless, I did find it to be interesting. I would recommend this book to readers who like to read about first-hand paranormal activity such as myself. If you find yourself in the category, you might like to check out some books written by Jeff Belanger.




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