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This true account of what happened to the famous
socialite Pat Montandon in 1960’s San Francisco is told
in her own words from her own memories. I found the book
to be totally enthralling. It tells of a different
world, and a different time. Society was truly different
back then, and that made it all the more disturbing for
Ms. Montandon. People didn’t feel like they could talk
about their personal problems, such as their houses
being haunted, back then.
Nowadays, people would hardly hesitate to talk to
friends or co-workers about strange things disturbing
their homes and their lives. Ms. Montandon was living
alone in a large old house that she later learned had a
tragic history. At first, she was thrilled with all of
her own personal space. It didn’t take long for her to
start feeling threatened. Even when more tenants moved
in upstairs from her, things just got worse.
Pat Montandon was quite famous in the 1960’s for being a
celebrated party thrower. Social events were big things
of the time, and her parties were always coveted affairs
being written up by reporters and frequented by
celebrities. After one such party, an irate ‘fortune
teller’ cursed her and her home after he imagined he was
being slighted by his busy hostess. Her life was never
the same afterwards. It culminated to such disastrous
results as her best friend and roommate being killed by
the house. (I know, I know…but read it and see.)
Pat Montandon was devastated. Not only did the house
claim this life dear to Ms. Montandon, it claimed the
lives of two other young women who had stayed at the
house at one time or another. I could hardly put this
book down until I finished it. It leaves you feeling
chilled and horrified. The truth of her sorrowful
recounting of this devastating time in her life will
leave you saddened and grateful for your own cozy home.
(I say that even though I have reason to believe my own
house is haunted…it is cozy compared to Ms. Montandon’s
house, because it hasn’t been overtly threatening!)
There are, however, parts of the book that will have you
glowing with happiness for Pat, such as when she finally
meets the man of her dreams. What a great way they met!
You are just rooting for them to get married, and
totally satisfied when they do. This is a book not to be
missed if you’re researching the paranormal, or just
want a good read.