Review: “The Haunting of Jackson Hall” by Roland Ross

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s spooky season (she wrote after she read this book two months ago)! And that means that I am all on board for some paranormal/horror romance. I enjoy filling my time reading stories that make chills run up my spine and make my heart race. 

Truth be told, “The Haunting of Jackson Hall” by Roland Ross had been on my TBR pile for a long, long time. I figured that there was no better time to read this than in the midst of Spooktober (sadly, by the time of posting this, the season will have passed). 

Our story follows a team of paranormal investigators, Parker, Rowan and Astrid, who are joined by a reporter named Oliver. They’re investigating Jackson Hall – formerly known as the Landon Institute for the Mentally Disturbed. Together, they explore the twisting, dank corridors in hopes of finding something disturbing. Oliver takes a shining to psychologist Crosby Parker in the short time they know each other. A relationship rapidly tested by all things dark and deadly in the abandoned halls.

“The Haunting of Jackson Hall” is a quick read, and so far as horror novels go, it has everything you can ask for! The characters and their dialogue feel so real. You’re immediately given a keen sense of who each character is and how they fit together. I felt the suspense as I was reading, itching to know what was going to happen next.

I have been in love with the horror genre since I was a little one, so my gauge for what is ‘scary’ is most certainly off. It takes a lot to scare me. Roland did, however, manage to make me feel unsettled. Which is probably hair-raisingly scary for people who haven’t obliterated their terror palate. 

The romance was a bit fast-paced, so for those who like something a bit more instant gratification, this will be right up your alley!

I would love to give this book five stars, but there were a few things that took points off for me. In the formative chapters, Ross gives us a run-down on all of the ghost-hunting equipment that would be used. As someone who has only a rudimentary understanding of these devices, I appreciated a quick overview. Unfortunately, it felt like it stepped over the line of ‘base explanation’ and catapulted straight into over-explanation. It felt like for the first part of the book that was all I was reading about. 

To the best of my knowledge, this was Roland’s debut publication. And I have to say, he did a wonderful job with it! I would be happy to beta read any more horror-mances he has in the works in the future! 

You can find Roland: on Instagram

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