As a child Jimmy Lansford and his sister Kelly suffered crushing poverty, their father’s unexplained and frightening suicide, and their mother’s constant abuse and cruelty. Having grown to be a successful adult, Jimmy must contend with the sudden re-emergence of memories from his childhood in Oklahoma and unexplainable events occurring inside his own home. Is it more than memories that haunt Jimmy? Did his parents suffer from mental illness and addiction, or were they possessed by something even worse - and has that presence arrived to take Jimmy? The first horror novel from acclaimed author and journalist Dustin McKissen explores the nature of hauntings, the ghosts from our past that haunt our present, and the unbreakable bond between siblings who learn early on they can only rely on each other.
October 31, 2019  |  153 pages
(Read from May 19, 2020 to May 19, 2020)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Entertainment, 40% Literature
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The Poor and the Haunted is a psychological thriller paired with an unexpected ghost story.  Jimmy's character is wonderfully created and I could easily feel the intense bond with his sister, his guilt for leaving his childhood behind to start over and need to protect the life he has made for himself.  The writing bounces back and forth between Jimmy and Kelly as teens and Jimmy as an adult.  The writing created two very different worlds from Jimmy's childhood to adulthood