Book Review: She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran


Welcome to my book review of She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran. A creepy YA novel with a cover that's to die for.

Title: She is a Hunting

By: Trang Thanh Tran

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 352

Release Date: February 28th, 2023

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A house with a terrifying appetite haunts a broken family in this atmospheric horror, perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic.

When Jade Nguyen arrives in Vietnam for a visit with her estranged father, she has one goal: survive five weeks pretending to be a happy family in the French colonial house Ba is restoring. She’s always lied to fit in, so if she’s straight enough, Vietnamese enough, American enough, she can get out with the college money he promised.

But the house has other plans. Night after night, Jade wakes up paralyzed. The walls exude a thrumming sound, while bugs leave their legs and feelers in places they don’t belong. She finds curious traces of her ancestors in the gardens they once tended. And at night Jade can’t ignore the ghost of the beautiful bride who leaves her cryptic warnings: Don’t eat.

Neither Ba nor her sweet sister Lily believe that there is anything strange happening. With help from a delinquent girl, Jade will prove this house—the home her family has always wanted—will not rest until it destroys them. Maybe, this time, she can keep her family together. As she roots out the house’s rot, she must also face the truth of who she is and who she must become to save them all.


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There was something about this story that was lost on me. I found the cadence of the writing off as I was unable to keep my attention on the words and the characters didn't capture me like I hoped they would.

This was a quick read and I found the bits of Vietnamese intertwined a welcome wonder, but I don't think this story was memorable for me.

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