The Crooked House of Coins

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
In a small Midwestern town at the end of a lane stands a crooked house, where deaths and secrets entwine and ghosts revisit their final moments. Two cousins, heirs to the family legacy, search for a treasure secreted in the old dwelling's walls, driven by gold lust and tantalizing clues. The Crooked House is a grudging giver, and some secrets in a haunted house are best left alone.

Available formats: epub

Words: 7,450
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301944293
About Jeff Chapman

I write software by day and speculative fiction when I should be sleeping. My work ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to horror and ghost stories. I've been writing all my life but decided to become super serious about it and pursue publication a few years ago. My work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. I live with my wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space.

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Reviews

Review by: Juliet Lauser on May 20, 2013 :
It was not as vivid as I like, and I was confused about parts of it, mainly the treasure and the clues and all that. I missed a tightness to the story itself – there didn't seem to be any point, any idea, any concept presented and explored.

The characters were believable, however, and the ghost was intriguing. I liked it – mixing freshness with traditional concepts to make it seem real, as well as a pinch of just plain creepiness. Great-grandfather kicking his chair was the best part of the story in my opinion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Simon Kewin on April 24, 2013 :
Combining a haunted house, a cryptic treasure trail and a dark family secret, this is a gem of a story. You just know things aren't going to go to plan when James steps inside the crooked house of the title...

I particularly liked the house itself; the way it creaked and groaned and leaned more and more as the story progressed.

A fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Simon Kewin on April 24, 2013 :
Combining a haunted house, a cryptic treasure trail and a dark family secret, this is a gem of a story. You just know things aren't going to go to plan when James steps inside the crooked house of the title...

I particularly liked the house itself; the way it creaked and groaned and leaned more and more as the story progressed.

A fun read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: H.G. Estok on April 23, 2013 :
Here's a haunted house tale where the house itself is a major player -- in addition to the specter or two stirring within its walls. James and his cousin Nathan are in search of treasure, but their relationship is strained at best, and James is having difficulty believing what Nathan tells him about the house and its history. As a reader, I had my doubts about the reliability of both characters, which served to amp up the conflict and make for an enjoyable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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