The Waiting Room

Rated 3.43/5 based on 7 reviews
The Waiting Room is a collection of paranormal short stories about those locked somewhere in the in-between. More

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Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Words: 11,650
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301988419
About H.L. Baker

H.L. Baker was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. While studying Zoology in University, she spent a year abroad in Sweden where she met her future husband. After returning to Canada and completing her education, she moved to Spain to be with him.
It was living in Madrid, while going through major reading-withdrawal, that she began writing (a hobby she'd abandoned after high school) the kinds of stories she was always looking for. Luckily for her, she found them.
She lives in Spain with her wonderful and supportive husband.

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Review by: Cindy Holdmann on July 17, 2013 :
This is an excellent collection of stories about the paranormal. The authors writing keeps you entranced as you live through the characters on their chilling paranormal experiences. Great writing and character development!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ren on June 07, 2013 :
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

The Waiting Room is a quick little read that encompasses three tales of the paranormal. The three tales are not connected in any way, but are separate little stories that can be read in a few minutes each.

The Waiting Room involves a girl dropping off dinner for her Mother at the hospital where she works as a nurse. While leaving she bumps into a mysterious stranger....

The Forgotten Son is about a boy who has a friend named Tommy. Not long after Tommy showed up all his other friends abandoned him...

In Closed Circle of Friends a close-knit group of drinking friends get bored playing poker and find a Ouija board in the closet...

Of the three stories I liked the first the best, and the second had the most potential (the second is also by far the shortest.) I'm still not totally sure what was even going on in the third story, although I liked how each character became the central character for their own "chapter".

I think all of these stories had potential that could have been realized more completely. There was just more that could have been said or done, and they seem more like a working framework rather than a completed work to me. This is especially true with the second story.

I'd say this is two of five stars. It was OK. Good for a quick, quick read, and it won't give you nightmares (although the first story could have if the author had taken it in a slightly different direction.)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rick Shepard on May 08, 2013 :
Because I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review, I feel bad about not giving this a better rating. The cover is very eerie, and I had high hopes for the idea of a collection of paranormal short stories based on a waiting room theme, but that's not what this is, and unfortunately the three stories are a bit confusing and not very spooky at all. The first one "The Waiting Room", starts off somewhat promising, with a girl bringing lunch to her mother who is a nurse in a hospital in the process of closing. Unfortunately, most of the story is a process of build up, and seems to focus on the interaction between the girl and the female security guard, than the ending that was being promised. The second story "The Forgotten Son", is about a young boy named Frankie, someone connected to him named Tommy, and Frankie's disfunctional family. Unfortunately, you really don't get to know any of the characters very well, and the twist ending is not the shocker that I hoped for. The third story "Closed Circle of Friends", tells the story of a weekly, Friday night poker game between six friends, and a Ouija board. The author tells the story by breaking it into mini chapters titled after the various characters. The problem I had with this was that the story is already too short to break down that way, and there are too many characters to be able to do justice to in any real way. Again, in this story, I found it very hard to keep up with the relationship between the various characters and the end was very disappointing. This is just my thoughts on the book, but it seems like the themes in the three stories are very generic, which would be okay if there were some particularly singular twists that were worked in along the way. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen, and I was left a little disappointed after reading each one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: breezywriter on April 27, 2013 :
This is an interesting collection of stories and I enjoyed them. The story with the Ouija board brought back memories of a night in college when my friends and I were playing with one. Doesn't everyone have memories like that? Intriguing insights into the characters made these stories memorable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Antara B on April 22, 2013 :
NOTE: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 2.5/5

Overall, I was rather disappointed. I'd expected something spookier, or more dramatic, or even funny. This was just a collection of stories about paranormal 'events' that happened. Stories arranged according to preference:

Closed Circle of Friends (3/5)
I liked this story. There was spookiness and tons of dramatic revelations. The characters were written in 3rd person and the points of view were switched constantly (to each friend) which felt rather unnecessary and was pretty annoying. Other than that, I loved how it played out. I would recommend this.

The Forgotten Son (2/5)
It could've POTENTIALLY been pretty brilliant. But having the ghost interact with Frankie, the child, in a setting where the parents weren't present felt unnecessary. Also, the entire conversation at the end seemed forced since at the beginning the focus was largely on how Frankie felt. Or vice versa, depending on how you see it. The ghost could've played a far more significant role, but didn't.

The Waiting Room (0.5/5)
Frankly I didn't even get the point of the ghost in the story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Dotson on April 09, 2013 :
I enjoyed these 3 short ghost stories. The first wasn't very scary but the second was better and the third was the best of all. I liked how it was written and I'd love to read more by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Scott on April 05, 2013 :
A Short book of three short paranormal stories. I enjoyed each one of these. A good read for an afternoon or evening.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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