Book Review – Paranormal Intruder by Caroline Mitchell

First published, 2013

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In this real-life account of the haunting of her family house, police officer Caroline Mitchell explains how her once calm home became the focus for a malevolent force.

The reader goes through the same journey as Caroline, her husband Neil and their four children, as the entity smashes crockery, moves things around, growls, snarls and generally scares the living daylights out of everyone who visits the house.

And they have a lot of visitors. From Neil’s best friend, Lee, to various fascinated police officers, to paranormal investigators and finally priests, a lot of people come to the house to see if there’s anything more to the stories than fiction.

It’s a strange one. I think you can watch a ghostly film and get caught up whether you want to believe or not. With a book, it seems only natural to take the position of the cynic. That said, I never doubted what the family experienced was paranormal. Frankly, I surprised myself. However, I think it’s because I was so willing to believe them that I got very annoyed with a lot of their behaviours: from recognising that the entity was at its strongest when Lee and Neil were together, yet not removing Lee from the household, teasing the spirit by playing games with it at the pub, giving it a name, saying they wanted it gone and yet, regularly, inviting it back.

There were some spelling errors, which was maddening only because it pulled me out of the story from time to time. Mistaking cavalry for Calvary was a pretty big blunder. Also, this is not a book to read if you’ve just quit smoking (I’m on Day 29 at the time of writing). Near as dammit, every other page, someone goes out for a fag.

An interesting, if disquieting read, but it annoyed me.