I was definitely interested when I saw this book on Netgalley, a haunted house? OH sign me up. I am always on the look out for new and spooky haunted house books to read. And this one, oh man was just so spooky that at times (it was night) I wanted to just turn on all the lights (but with a hubby next to me, asleep, one cannot do that).
Yes, I read this book when I couldn’t sleep. Maybe not the best time to read a very scary book, but it was definitely worth it in the end because this book was GOOD. It is about a family, a father and his daughter, who are about to live in a brand-new home, which they picked out with their wife/mom.. who died very soon after they bought the house. The father especially has a hard time with being in the home. It was a needed move, but I could very much imagine that living in the home your spouse was so enthusiastic about isn’t going to be easy. And it gets tougher when your wife is there as a ghost and you see her. Sometimes when she is still beautiful and whole… other times when she is broken and bloody. And then I didn’t even name all the other things that haunt this house and make it a house were one just cannot take a break. There is always something happening. A drip here, a voice there, thunking in the library, your kid talking to something that you don’t see, your kid staring at a corner of your home, seeing things in reflections, and more. I felt sorry for the guy that in the end he just slept on the couch as that was apparently a safer option over the bed upstairs.
Along with spooky going-ons we read the story about the house, or more specifically the people who lived there and the girl from the village who is very much interested in the man of the house (and he in her). I loved that the diary parts were added. It gave a bit of a reprieve from all the scary stuff. Plus, gave a fun insight in what may have happened here. I loved Rebecca, though I did think she was very naive. Plus, again, I am not a fan of people who cheat or who date men/women who are in relationship. I loved seeing how the man she loved turned out to be quite a violent, psychotic man and how we saw bits and pieces here and there of it already but nearing the end it was all there.
I did think it was a bit weird that the family who lived before our father daughter didn’t seem to have any bother with it? I guess maybe because they didn’t bring a ghost along with them, nor a kid who was apparently able to see dead people.
The book got more and more creepy and spooky as the story continued and in the end I was just snuggling in my way too warm bed. Especially near the end when our MC decides that enough is enough and goes full out to fix what is wrong. Oh man, that part where the bad ghost is standing in front of him.. with dead eyes. NOPE.
I can imagine that in the end they picked to do that. It is a big change again, but definitely needed for both of them.
All in all, a book that will keep you up, a book that won’t let you go, and hey what is that behind you? Recommended to all.