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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Novella Review: Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance


Ruby Hill
by Sarah Ballance

From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one. Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s a paranormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.
Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born skeptic, he has no interest in entertaining the hype surrounding the mysterious deaths at Ruby Hill, but he won't turn his back while more women die. He agrees to an overnight investigation, never expecting his first encounter would be with the woman he pushed away a year ago. But when he discovers Ashley is a target, he learns his greatest fear isn't living with his own demons, but losing her for good.


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My thoughts: I was pulled into this story right away just for the fact that it was set at an asylum.  Just the word asylum evokes thoughts of despair, horror, torture, general creep factor.  Corbin was there to "babysit" some ghost chasers.  They thought that a ghost had been killing women at the asylum.  Skeptical Corbin doesn't believe that for a minute.  His night just keeps getting better when he discovers the paranormal investigator is his ex, Ashley.  When his brother died in the very same asylum months earlier, it drove a wedge between him and Ashley.

During the next few hours he encounters the unexpected and at times questions his own eyes.  He discovers the victims all had ties to the asylum in some way, including his brother.  But Ashley also had ties to the asylum.  As it dawns on him that she may be the next victim, his skepticism starts to fade.

This was a good little horror story, just right to start off October's readings.


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