The Supernatural Enhancements

June 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, )

supernThe Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

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I recently reviewed Widow’s Point by the brothers Chizmar, and noted that the found-footage horror story has been done to death. That’s not to say that a found-footage horror story can’t be good; it just needs to add something different to the mix so it’s not just another found-footage horror story. Want a good example of one of those? Look no further than The Supernatural Enhancements.

The story is ostensibly a collection of diaries, notebooks, letters, and transcripts of audio and video files that tell the story of A. and Niamh, a European man and mute Irish woman, respectively, who inherit a supposedly haunted house from a distant cousin of A.’s. The story is a long riddle, as the two characters investigate the strange goings-on of the house, and discover its connection to a secret society. Hedge mazes, cryptograms, and other codes pepper the story, including one on the dedication page.

Reminiscent at times of both House of Leaves and The Library at Mount Char, The Supernatural Enhancements is an inventive, compelling, engaging read. It suffers some because Cantero depends so much on his own puzzles that when he ties them all together, it feels a little overwrought, but the journey to that point is so much fun that it’s hard to be too upset by it. As it is, it’s a 3.5-star book that I rounded up to four stars. Had Cantero been able to stick the landing of the ending, this could have easily been a five-star book. I’m looking forward to reading his second book, Meddling Kids.

Started: April 17, 2018
Finished: April 21, 2018

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