There’s currently a re-run of Haunted Homes on the Sci-Fi channel in the UK. The programme shows psychic Mia Dolan, sceptic Professor Chris French and paranormal investigator Mark Webb visiting homes throughout the UK were families have reported paranormal activity.
The show itself is not one of the best ghost hunting programmes to make it on to the small screen in recent years. With each episode there is a lot of repetition with interviews given by the 3 experts and if you cut it out you’d probably have a good half hour show instead of a mediocre hour long programme.
BUT that’s the TV show. The book is a different matter altogether.
If you’ve read books previously by Mia or caught her on TV you’ll know she’s very down to earth and ‘normal’. This book is no exception and you can immediately feel a connection to Mia as she shares her life prior and during the filming of the series.
Mia goes through each episode in detail and probably the most important thing you learn about the programme is the restriction UK television law imposes on paranormal shows. For example any paranormal activity has to be attempted to be explained away in rational terms and sceptics are brought in to give the show balance. Also the programme cannot scare people so anything frightening remains on the cutting room floor. This definitely makes for less than thrilling TV so the book is a must.
In the book you learn about the hautings in detail and what was experienced throughout the night long vigil. You definitely don’t get to see all of this in the series. Mia also explain how she clears houses of paranormal activity. You get to learn about the history of the haunted home and the presence itself which has often terrorised a family for a considerable time.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s seen the TV series because it will fill in a lot of gaps left behind on film. If you haven’t seen the series I think you’ll find this book to be a great insight into both the effects a haunting can have on a family and the workings of a psychic medium.
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