Having a stalker is terrifying, but Adeline is a junkie for being scared. Having recently moved into her grandmother’s house that she inherited, Adeline, attracts a stalker. He is not your average stalker though. He can enter her house without being detected and slip past her security system. As if the stalked wasn’t the only thing on her plate, she finds her great-grandmother’s journals, which shows she had a stalker, one she fell in love with. It would seem history has a way of repeating itself, only since her great-grand mother was murdered, Adeline wants to prove the stalker did it, so that she too can convince herself that all stalkers are psychopaths.
He has a new obsession. One that causes him to feel things he never knew he could. While he tracks down all these trafficking rings, he find it hard to keep his mind from wandering back to the girl who is his obsession. After all she will love him, if he has any say in the matter.
Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton is a very dark romance. I want to start this review out with, there are some triggers to be warned out. It takes a very dark turn between the main characters and lines are blurred between consensual and not. Not to mention the murder. It is a little graphic and there is human trafficking in the plot. If these are things you can’t stomach, please do not read. Other than these triggers, this book was thrilling.
I devoured this book in two short days. I was reading every chance I got. It had a creepy setting, which is the house that Adeline had gotten when her grandmother passed. It was creepy, but like the main character, I really enjoy being scared. However, I will say, having not really known what the book was about, I felt it was creepy, with the stalker and unsolved murder mystery. The book has a lot of aspects to keep you entertained. There were so many points in the book where I was unsure what the main line is. I still can’t say the main point of the book. There was so much going on, but it was seamless. It was easy to be drawn into this dark romance and not be let out. I can’t wait to read the second book. Haunting Adeline is a duet, so it should be just as good as the first book. Hoping we get more answers.
I don’t think I could find one bad thing about the book. Adeline is a character you ca relate to. She is risky, in the sense she is the type of person we all yell at in horror movies to not do things. But it shows sometimes our curiosity gets the best of us. I know if I was in the same situation, I would do what she did. However, she also care deeply about putting others in risk. She wants to keep those around her safe, even if she is a little careless with her own life. I think that is one of the things I most admire about this duet, thus far. It has some things touch of moral codes and blur lines. It makes you think and ponder the world around you.
I found her stalker to be a character who is questionable and that was delightful. At one point he states he makes his own morals. I had to really thing about that when I had read it. It makes sense. He isn’t a horrible person, just one that murders those who wish to hurt others. He doesn’t have a back story to make him a psychopath, but at the same time when you think too much on it, it will make you wonder, is he a bad guy or a good guy? This review will not be going to deeply into him, as I do not wish to spoil anything to those who wish to read this book.
With everything said, I must rate this book five out of five stars. There weren’t any dry points in the book and it was beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book any one who likes dark romances with hints of mystery. Keep triggers in mind when you go to pick up this book. Some of it is very questionable where lines sit. It is still very good, and the adult content does not take away from the story. In fact, it adds to it in this case. After all, Adeline is a horror junkie. I hope you enjoyed this review, and please consider this book to be added to your TBR.