Author: Melanie Tushmore
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/11/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz’s misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne’s Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn’t had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…
The Haunted Pub opens with twenty year old Fizz being thrown out of the family home by his parents. Fizz is severely depressed, and having his parents simply toss him out with twenty pounds and nowhere to go – well, Fizz definitely had my sympathies right from the start.
With some help from his brother Fizz ends up at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Hotel in Brighton, and handed off into the rather panicked care of his cousin Ginger (Daniel). Ginger may be out of his depth, but he does try his best for Fizz.
The author wisely does not keep this novel solely in Fizz’s POV. The reader meets Ryan, as well as Matt who is the cook at the hotel. We even get a few scenes from the POV of the ghost at the centre of this novel.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge is definitely haunted, there are multiple ghosts around, and Fizz’s depressed energies intrigue and attract one ghost in particular. There are several strands to this novel, some romantic with Fizz meeting a lovely guy called Ash, as well as Ryan crushing on the seemingly oblivious Ginger, and then there is a darker strand with one of the ghosts growing stronger.
I read horror, so I didn’t find it particularly scary/spooky, but some people might find it a bit shivery in parts, especially as the ghost begins to make his presence known, and in some less than pleasant ways.
Ryan really keeps this novel together in my opinion, while Fizz is the catalyst, Ryan is the guy who carries a lot of this novel. That said, it really is an ensemble cast and I liked the motley crew of guys and hoped for the best in various relationships.
The Haunted Pub is a very good read. There’s romance, but with some ghostly drama before anyone gets a HEA, or even a HFN.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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