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The Remaking is a very original ghost story. Told primarily in first person present tense – my lease favorite writing format – it was nevertheless very hard for me to put down. It’s a page-turner.

The book opens in 1951 with a storyteller recounting a local urban legend about a witch and her daughter who were burned at the stake in the early 1900s. The tale is known as The Little Witch Girl of Pilot’s Creek. We then move to 1971 and meet Amber, a nine-year-old girl who has been cast in the role of the witch girl in a low budget horror flick. We remain in her head as the very creepy story of the production unfolds. Then, we jump to 1995.

The movie is being remade and Amber is now in her early thirties and playing the role of the mama witch. Finally, we move to the current day and enter the head of a podcaster who tracks middle-aged Amber down to find out what really happened during those cursed movie productions.

The book is very well written and quite original. The horror is psychological and – very possibly – supernatural. We’re primarily in Amber’s head. She put me in mind of Eleanor Vance in The Haunting of Hill House, but here the thoughts are unrelieved and unrelenting. It’s a disturbing read for fans of psychological horror.

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