The Horror of a Wedding Night
Linda Dean is a 34-year-old schoolteacher trying to escape her mother. When she finds a small house in a slightly rundown part of town for rent, she thinks her dreams are about to come true. Some of the restrictions on the lease are strange, like she can’t ever remove or change the furniture or go in the garage—but the rent is super cheap, so how bad could it be? And so The Horror of a Wedding Night begins. Linda moves in and finds a mysterious journal of some woman named Mabel and she sets out to discover more about her. She seeks help from her new neighbors, who seem to have some secrets of their own.
There were definitely some creepy moments in this book, I made the mistake of reading it at night. I think the title is a bit misleading. That phrase only occurs once in the story and has almost nothing to do with the plot. I thought the story was great with plenty of disturbing events; however, I was not a big fan of the ending. That was one of the weirdest explanations I have ever read and then all of a sudden things take an even stranger turn and the book just ends. The book is very short and even with a three-page explanation of what is going on, it left a lot more questions to be answered.
I want to give the author some credit since this is his first novel. There was suspense and it got me thinking about what could possibly be going on. However, the explanation that he chose was very disturbing and not in a good way. The end made no sense at all and there was no clarification given for why that happened. There should also be a different title, one that’s a little more relevant. Otherwise, the book was entertaining and gave me some good frights.