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Book Tour: The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K T Rose

My second Blackthorn book tours book of the month is an exciting haunted house chiller.


About the book

Pride and greed infect the soul, anchoring the dead to Gallagher Hotel.

When Chris, a master thief, and Riley, a contract waitress, get mysterious invites to an exclusive party at the haunted Gallagher Hotel, they discover that there is more at play than simple celebrations.

Hidden truths are revealed, and all hell breaks loose. But the “party” has just begun.

Now, Chris and Riley face their demons as they fight to survive a hellish nightmare full of spoiled secrets, carnage, and vengeful spirits lost to the hotel dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Will they survive the night? Or will their souls be devoured by the most haunted building in Michigan?


My review

Would you spend a night in a haunted hotel?

Riley is offered $1000 to wait an exclusive party at Gallagher Hotel, Michigan’s most haunted hotel. It’s too good an opportunity to pass, and she needs time away from her boyfriend, AJ, who she keeps at a distance after trauma experienced in her early twenties.

Chris got an invitation to the party at Gallagher Hotel, and he’s taking it as the opportunity he needs to break away from the criminal gang he’s involved with. All he needs to do is clean out the valuables of the old house and go on his merry way.

When Chris and Riley meet the ghosts that haunt the hotel, will either of them manage to get out of Gallagher Hotel alive?

This book started like many a movie, with introductions to the two main characters – Chris and Riley – the quick exposition of their baggage and then the arrival of the rest of the guests to the party. A slew of horrible reprobates who you know you are going to enjoy reading about their inevitable grisly ends. It’s like a cheesy horror movie that you settle in to enjoy.

However, about a third of a way through the book The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel reveals its true colours. The back story is much more creative and involved than I first imagined, the nasty guests actually have nuance and humanity despite their evil deeds, and the central theme of the story is concerned with the nature of redemption and damnation.

There are so many elements of this book that I absolutely loved. What’s really going on at the hotel fascinated me. I loved how the afterlife was handled. I don’t want to give anything away, but there were lots of touches that fired my imagination.

Riley and Chris are both good characters, and I liked them once I got to know them. I was impressed how their stories were related, with well paced revelations throughout the length of the novel. I was surprised, however, with how much I got to enjoy reading about the other guests. Despite them being very wicked people, the author conveyed their humanity, and I wanted them to be saved.

With its themes and complex characters, this book would have easily been a four star read for me if it weren’t for two things.

The opening, while cheesy fun, did not represent the depth of the plot. I thought it was a more generic story, and Riley and Chris were hard to like due to some confusing introductions.

Unfortunately, the overuse of the word shrilled instead of screamed irritated me.

I award The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel

The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel is available for purchase on Amazon by clicking here.


About the Author

K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror Series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories.

Media links:• Webpage: https://kyrobooks.com/• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyrobooks/• Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/K-T-Rose/e/B01N4T91M2• Twitter: @kyrobooks• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6480089.K_T_Rose

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