Book Review: Malefic by Ambrose Ibsen

Posted December 25, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Horror, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Malefic by Ambrose IbsenMalefic (House of Souls #2) by Ambrose Ibsen
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Series: House of Souls #2
Published by Self-published on 11-05-18
Genres: Horror
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: five-stars

“Something is watching from behind the walls...” The move into 889 Morgan Road was supposed to be a fresh start for Joseph Dubois and his family. What they got instead was a nightmare.
Dark shadows in the halls are only the beginning. At night, guttural noises issue from behind the walls, and the family reports seeing a terrifying figure wandering the premises. Desperately seeking someone with experience in supernatural matters, Joseph calls upon his uncle, Marcel.
Retired surgeon Marcel Dubois has a special gift: The ability to communicate with his dead wife. Harnessing this gift allows him to plumb the depths of the afterlife and to confront the paranormal. Arriving in Detroit, Marcel seeks to uncover the truth about the strange figure seen in his nephew's new house.
But when his questions are finally answered, Marcel finds himself at the center of a horror without parallel.
The House of Long Shadows seeks another lodger.

The House of the Long Shadows, that we read about in book one of this series, is the main character again in this story. Having listened to the previous book last year, it was nice to go back to the same place and remember what happened there. But having read the first book is not a requisite, as we get enough information about past important events, and this is a story that could perfectly stand on its own.

There is a new family living in the house, but noises and strange shadows are making life impossible there. Creepy and disturbing, Ambrose Ibsen knows how to give soul to a house, even if this soul is a very dark one. I enjoyed the previous book, but I think I liked this one even better. The book is very well written, and this time we will know more about the origins of this house and its previous inhabitants.

Marcel Dubois is a relative of the family currently living there, and he takes full the job of ridding the house of its current dark presence with the help of his deceased wife. I enjoyed the characters’ relationships and especially the dynamics between Marcel and his wife. It was an original detail that made the story more interesting.

Joe Hempel delivered an excellent narration, keeping the tension and intrigue at the right moments, while also transmitting the characters’ utter horror and despair. Each character was recognizable thanks to subtle differences in tone and interpretation style. The narration made following the story a breeze. Ibsen and Hempel is always a winning combination, which will delight not only horror fans.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: five-stars