Monday, December 4, 2006
All That Lives: a novel of the Bell Witch by Melissa Sanders-Self
Well, this one was different. One of our agriculture teachers, Mrs. Parr, gave me this one after Halloween and I finally finished it. I must say that it was a slow read and I'm not a big fan. The fact that it is supposedly "true" makes it a little interesting, and I guess there was a Bell Witch movie made a few years ago.
Betsy Bell, the main character, lives in Tennessee in the early 1800s and her family beings to be haunted by a spirit. The spirit is sometimes good, sometimes evil, and makes the family the local entertainment. People from miles around come to see the family tormented. Cherries rain down from the ceiling, sticks are thrown at the front door, faces are slapped, and hair gets pulled. The spirit murders the Betsy's father to get revenge for him molesting his own daughter.
I don't think the novel had a good ending. In fact, it almost seems like the author grew tired of writing and just stopped. Just like I'm going to do with this review.