When The Night Wind Howls

Title: When The Night Wind Howls

Author: Pamela F. Service

Sidonie and her mother have recently moved to a small Indiana town, and as a way of fitting in, they’ve gotten involved in the community theater. But this theater appears to be haunted. When Sid starts digging into the rumors of ghosts, she finds far more than legends . . .

This is a solidly-written book, but I didn’t like it much. I’m not huge on ghost stories, and not familiar enough with theater to recognize the various plays and musicals, so I didn’t have a lot invested in the plot. And when the big reveal comes out, I got annoyed by a lot of theological points (some of which is just annoyance at Sid and her minister for taking movies more than Scripture as a guideline for how to deal with the devil).

It was an amusing take on what makes a theater “haunted.” Sid, her friend Joel, and the mysterious Byron Vincenti are the heart of the book, and I like how the two kids keep changing their minds about Byron as they figure out more of the problem.

I’m not so fond of the use of witchcraft, the lack of involvement on God’s side (for what’s supposedly a two-sided dispute, one side is not exactly shown participating), or the spotty use of Christian theology. I realize this is just an updated take on the same play the theater is performing, so it’s not like the book is trying to show how to deal with demons as much as it is retelling an old folk tale.

Overall this isn’t necessarily a bad book, but I didn’t care for it, and won’t be reading it again. I rate this book Neutral.

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