“The Waiting” — So much more than just a ghost story

To call “The Waiting” a ghost story does not do it justice. It is so much more than that. It is, in many ways, a love story. But again, that doesn’t do it justice. What it is, is a damn good story.

Evan Tormer is a widower caring for his mentally disabled son, Shaun, when life takes another turn for the worse and he is left unemployed. His longtime best friend, Jason, offers to let him live in the family cabin as a caretaker. Living in the cabin would not only help Evan financially, but it would allow the struggling author to finish his book. The Tormers move to the home which is situated on an island called “The Fin” and try to begin life anew. But, as is the case with most ghost stories, everything isn’t as it seems.

The book is amazingly well written, with richly developed characters and an environment that I almost lost myself in. Evan’s dedication and love for his son is believable and heart-wrenching. His grief for the loss of his wife was palpable through each page of the novel. “The Waiting” is a story of love, loss, regret and insanity.

Joe Hart is a new author for me, however this will not be the last book of his that I read. His writing style reminds me somewhat of Stephen King, but probably more so of King’s son – Joe Hill. He’s descriptive, but not as verbose as King. If you enjoy ghost stories, I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books by Joe Hart.  — 5 out of 5 stars