This was my first experience with a Joe Hart creation, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. This marvelous story required very little set-up, so I was able to jump right in with both feet. I had the privilege of learning and seeing the story unfold in time with the main character. There were no lengthy or unnecessary descriptors, and for this, I thank the author, as the reverse is so often the case.
Mr. Hart did an excellent job of preserving the surprises for the opportune revelatory moments without being repetitive or insulting my intelligence as a reader. I didn't experience any superfluous misdirection or red herrings, just pure suspense. Being such an avid reader of paranormal fantasy and horror, my opinion is often that there can never be too many hauntings, demons, ghosts, witches or other paranormal and occult elements, so I often feel left wanting more. That was not so with this book. It contained just the right amount of personal struggle, human emotion, and otherworldly delights.
Upon turning the last page, there was a brief moment where I considered that the ending was a little too neatly wrapped up, but then it occurred to me how very refreshing that actually can be. I cannot count the times I've read a book or watched a television series that was never seen through to fruition, for whatever the reason, so to have a complete experience such as this, from begging to end, was really a treat. I truly enjoyed, "The Waiting," and am looking forward to reading more from this author.