Selling your house can be a stressful and challenging process for anyone, but it gets even worse when your house is haunted. Hong Ji Ah is an exorcist and owns Daebak Real Estate. Their whole business revolves around selling haunted houses are getting rid of the ghosts that live there. But, exorcising ghosts is no easy task, and Hong Ji Ah puts herself at risk every time. Not only could she be injured by the spirit, but her body temperature drops to dangerous levels as she sees a last memory from the dead. However, a ghost must possess a human body to exorcise it—but she can’t do it alone. That’s where Oh In Beom comes in. He had been working as a fraud, scamming people into paying him to get rid of ghosts that didn’t exist. But now, he is a medium, unlike any Hong Ji Ah has worked with before. Not only does he seem to be more powerful than others, but he can warm her body temperature when he touches her. Is he the medium that will finally be able to help her exorcise her mother, who died a year earlier? As the two work together, they realize that the death of Hong Ji Ah’s mother and Oh In Beom’s uncle may be related and uncover a mystery of corruption and murder.
Chief Ho – Oh In Beom’s friend and co-scammer. He is always by Oh In Beom’s side.
Do Hak Seong – the chairman of DoHak Construction. He is ruthless when it comes to business and is willing to trample whoever he has to to get what he wants.
Deputy Director Joo – the Manager of Daebak Real Estate. She is always looking to protect Hong Ji Ah
I really enjoyed this plot and thought it was pretty unique. I have watched many paranormal dramas and don’t often see exorcisms being performed the way we traditionally think—with incense. It helped that Hong Ji Ah is a super cool fighter and can hold her own against the ghosts. She is tough and strong, which is a pleasant change from the reserved and demure female leads we usually get in K-dramas. She is like this because of her backstory, which I thought was done really well. I mean, imagine thinking your mom died because you couldn’t kill her, and now she is a ghost that you see in your room every day but can’t communicate with. That would mess with you a little bit.
On the other hand, Oh In Beom’s character is much more mellow and carefree, which also fits what he experienced. Actually, both of the pasts of Hong Ji Ah and Oh In Beom were well crafted and very complex, but it was stitched together perfectly so that it wasn’t difficult to follow. I really felt for Oh In Beom as he learned the truth about the death of his uncle. I don’t want to give too much away here, but this storyline made me not just dislike the villains in this story but feel genuine anger towards them. Whenever I get emotionally invested, I feel like it’s a sign of good writing and good acting. I also enjoyed watching the teamwork the two main characters develop.
Now, this drama didn’t have any romance, which means we don’t usually include this section, BUT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A ROMANCE. This was SO frustrating. The story was laid out perfectly for Hong Ji Ah and Oh In Beom to get together. At one point, Hong Ji Ah is drowning, and Oh In Beom rescues her and they stare deeply into each other’s eyes and you expect me to believe they didn’t feel anything?? Or all the times Oh In Beom was worried for Hong Ji Ah and made excuses to see here. It was set up perfectly! WHY DIDN’T THEY GET TOGETHER?! I kind of get it because they were both going through some stuff that probably would have made it difficult to be in a relationship but Selling Your Haunted House dropped so many breadcrumbs and didn’t give us the bread!
Overall, I would highly recommend Selling Your Haunted House based on the plot, and if not for that silly decision to not include romance, it would have gotten four stars instead of three. If you’re a fantasy buff or someone who loves watching the downfall of corruption and greed, this would be the perfect drama for you. I also thought it was a great Halloween choice, given the dark and spook mood throughout.