The Supernatural Enhancements

The Supernatural Enhancements

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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A mesmerizing novel...what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements , Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone--including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window--at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together with A.'s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze - and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385538152
Characteristics: 353 pages


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KungFuAndrew May 13, 2018

I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this book. I found it a bit slow, but yet intriguing in the concept of combining letters, diary entries, cryptography notes, and transcripts of video & audio recordings as the method to tell the story of a strange, perhaps haunted house, the two new occupants and the mystery of the previous owner's secret society.
(Somewhat spoiler ahead) But what has me scratching my head is the change to a violent direction in the last 30 pages or so. I think a different path toward the (another spoiler) somewhat surprise ending could have been better approached.

SkokieStaff_Steven Oct 19, 2017

While waiting for Edgar Cantero’s new novel "Meddling Kids," I decided to check his earlier title "The Supernatural Enhancements." I’m so glad I did. Readers who enjoy complex gothic tales will find much to occupy their minds here including an X-Files loving protagonist, a haunted house setting, and a plot involving a secret society with a truly convoluted mission. There’s quite a lot of fiendishly difficult cryptography to decode, and the house naturally includes a garden labyrinth. If all this isn’t puzzling enough, the story is told entirely through documents such as diaries, letters, and transcripts. This is a book to get your head spinning in a good way.

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