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By: Lisa Lewis Moon
Published by: INDI Publishing Group
Author’s Website: http://houseonbutcherharbor.blogspot.com/
Format of Review Copy: Paperback
Recommendable for people who enjoy: Ghost stories, thrillers, mysteries.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Claire Templeton thought she had escaped the horror of life on Butcher Harbor after graduation from high school. Now an upcoming fashion designer in New York City, Claire has to put her bright future on hold and return to Butcher Harbor when her mother attempts to take her own life. Thrust back into the world she grew up in, her past catches up with her quicker than she hoped. As expected, the ghosts of Templeton House have been waiting for her return, refusing to let her escape their grasp. Claire reluctantly returns to the Harbor, setting off a series of events that throw the town into turmoil and could possibly cost Claire her life.
I’ve been sitting here a while, trying to decide how exactly I will review this book. I can’t really say a lot because it is a mystery and I don’t want to accidently drop any spoilers. I enjoyed it, I did.
This book was full of mystery and suspense. The main character Claire, grew up in the haunted Templeton house. As soon as she graduated, she left town never to return…Until she had to. Claire is forced to return, and along with that comes the new experiences in the house. I found the house itself to be just as much a character in this book as the actual characters, and I loved it. It was spooky as shit, and everything about the house keeps you on your toes.
With that said, I need to mention what I feel to be the downside to the book.
Character wise, Claire is a “Bella”. You know, all “oh whoa-is-me” and can do nothing for herself. OMG, I wanted to smack her. She does snap out of it toward the end, so that made it tolerable. As bad as being a “Bella” is, I do feel like we needed her to be that way. *I* needed her to go through that arc of growth to like her, you know? I’m weird, I know.
This books does have several plot hooks (twists) too. The main one, I saw coming a mile off. That didn’t bother me though, because waiting for it to “come out” kept me turning pages. The other “twist” I thought was kind of cheesy. I mean, the idea of it was cool but the way it was delivered… I think I may have rolled my eyes. It was ok though, I mean it wasn’t enough to make me put down the book or stop reading.
This is turning out to be a very awkward and cryptic review. LOL
I liked this book. It was a pretty solid tale, and I am looking forward to the sequel. I say pick it up if you like ghost stories a little on the scary side!
This is a ghost story and contains paranormal violence and slight language. Recommend for ages 14+
*The copy I read did contain some typos, however the author is currently doing a re-write, so future editions should be fixed.