Those Among Us is probably the best ghost book I’ve read in a long time. I swear, there were many times throughout the 307 pages, that I had several bouts of goosebumps, which I will probably permanently have, for the rest of my life. Read on to see why you should pick up the chilling Those Among Us by Daniel Loubier…
Published: 2014 Pages: 307
Short nitty-gritty plot description from the back cover is as follows: Doug Mitchell’s daughter, Janie, has a new imaginary friend…who wants Doug to leave his house.
After being awoken by strange sounds night after night, Doug realizes his daughter’s imaginary friend might be something paranormal. In his pursuit of answers, Doug exhumes details about the history of their property, including a possible reason for the spirit’s presence. After a near-catastrophic injury to his wife, and a shocking revelation from Janie, Doug learns this spirit doesn’t simply want Doug to leave—it wants young Janie for itself. As the paranormal power increases and Janie’s will to resist the spirit’s advances weakens, Doug must fight for the safety of his entire family.
Based on one family’s real-life experience, and backed by video evidence, as well as Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), Those Among Us is one of the most factual and honest ghost stories you will ever read.
Tatlock’s Quick ‘n Dirty Recap: Honestly, the summary above does a perfect job telling you what it’s about. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything more. Call me lazy, but I’d rather you go in blind and enjoy the bone chilling ride.
Tatlock’s Opinion: Oddly enough,Those Among Us is not going to be consistently throwing scares at you, which shouldn’t be read as a bad thing. Instead, Dainel Loubier cleverly takes his time, dishing out small little unexplained happenings and like the best horror ghost stories, he takes the less is more approach. His writing style allows you to slowly become invested in the characters, so when something really spooky or creepy does happen, you’ll feel like you’re right there with the Mitchell’s, praying for the ghosts to just leave. Daniel Loubier needs to be praised for crafting such a fine tale, one that is supposedly based on real life events; events I would love to know more about (thankfully, reading the author’s notes at the end, will supply you with a little bit more information).
Fair warning, the book does read quickly and before you know it, it’s over. The ending will creep up on you and if you’re expecting a big finale, don’t. However, this is in no way a complaint, as I thought it was wonderful how Daniel Loubier gave us a conclusion that tied everything up, without going extremely overboard and trust me, that last line of the book will send shivers down your spine!
Tatlock’s Verdict: If Amityville Horror, Insidious and Poltergeisthad a three-way and decided at the last minute to invite in The Changeling, 9 months later, Those Among Us would pop out. (Of course, with most of those being movies, some questions would be asked, but anyway, I digress.) The book is that damn good. I didn’t want it to end and when I turned the last page, a single tear ran down my face. Was it a tear of sadness it was over, or was I just scared beyond my wits? I’ll never tell… okay, it was both.
The Tatlock says to pick this up right now, cause if you don’t, the ghosts are coming to haunt you next!