The Bell Witch is a slow-burning and atmospheric horror novel. I love history and horror. John F.D. Taff does a great job of combining the two. The Bell Witch reads like a movie.
The setting is Adams County, Tennessee in 1817. The story revolves around the Bell family. The communities are close and the secrets are buried deep.
Jack and Lucy Bell are successful farmers. They live in relative peace with their children. Long buried secrets will be unearthed, terrifying their small community. What is cool about this book is the fact that it is based on actual events.
Personally, The Bell Witch steals the show for me. The other characters are solid, but I was rooting for The Bell Witch. The characters come to life after the witch appears. The books gets off to a slow start, but it quickly picks up steam and doesn't let up.
I have to admit the cover intrigued me. (Gray Matter Press always puts out great books with great covers, though.) The story kept my interest, but the witch kept me wanting to read late into the night. The witch's conversations are everything! John F.D. Taff slowly rips away the bandaid that is keeping the Bell family together. The reveal is shocking and caught me by surprise.
The witch is clever. She appears out of nowhere wanting revenge. Innocence will be lost. A family will be torn asunder. The witch will have her day.
There is several things to love about this story. I think the church scene with the witch is the best. The exchange between the preacher and the witch put a smile on my face. The reveal will hit you like a ton of bricks. The ending is satisfying as well. If you like a good haunting, then you should read this one.
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐