Bill Thompson brings his readers back the Bayou Lafourche for the seventh installment of The Bayou Hauntings series: The Proctor Hall Horror.
Back in 1963, a fourteen-year-old boy who’s never spoken a word was found sitting quietly on a stairway in his house. In a nearby sitting room, the bodies of his mother, father, and younger sister sat next to each other on a couch. Their heads are neatly arranged on the mantel. The boy – the only living person at Proctor Hall — is deemed unable to stand trial and spends decades locked away. When he’s released, at last, he comes back to live in the old Louisiana house.
For a class assignment, a university professor sends a team to the old plantation with a goal to learn about the now-abandoned house and its mysterious past. As the students uncover secrets, the school project becomes a tragedy beyond imagination. Landry and the crew are called in to investigate. As they learn the truth, the dark things that lurk inside Proctor Hall may claim even more victims.
In 1963 the Proctor family was found murdered in their Louisiana plantation home. They were gruesomely propped on the couch with their heads lined up on the mantle. Fourteen year-old Noah Proctor is the only one left alive; however, he has been mute all his life. Everyone assumes Noah was the murderer and he is sent to an institution. Years later, Noah is released to the caretakers of Proctor Hall and a young woman disappears nearby. Presently, Proctor Hall is left sitting vacant, owned by a paranormal investigator. When Julien Landry assigned a group of students to investigate the history of Proctor Hall for a class project, the murders began again. It seems that the spirits of Proctor Hall are still active and the spirits may not be the only dangerous thing lurking there.
The Proctor Hall Horror is an exciting supernatural horror that kept me guessing all of the way through. This is Book 7 in The Bayou Hauntings series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone. I was hooked from the very beginning with the disappearance of Marguey and very intrigued by the history of the house itself. There is a great build of suspense as the history of Proctor Hall is released alongside the present happenings. The supernatural beings and gore are well paced for constant speculation of whether or not the murders were being done by ghostly entities or real people. There were a lot of characters in here to keep straight, but they were all fully formed even if they were not in many scenes. I was very intrigued by Noah Proctor and would have loved a few more chapters from his point of view. Alice's character could have also used more attention, I wanted to know her history with her psychic abilities. Even after the mystery of who has committed the murders and why is revealed, the Proctor House still has more secrets to uncover that kept me swiftly reading until the end. The Proctor Hall Horror is a great blend of haunted house mystery and horror and I'd love to continue reading the other books in the series.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.