Synopsis of the book:
Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives — including her own — are lost?
Okay. Just wow.
Let me try to gather my thoughts into something coherent…
First of all, this was a great read. It was one of those stories that pulled me right in and dared me to walk away. I didn’t take that dare. It was suspenseful and gripping. It surprised me and grabbed my emotions. It had descriptions that pulled me so far into the story that I didn’t even remember that I am a reader who skips over descriptions that are more than one line. It was that good.
I cannot believe that this book is this author’s debut novel. It certainly didn’t feel that way to me. This was the work of a seasoned author. Someone who learned the craft and wove a tale so riveting that I will remember it long after I have moved on to other novels.
This story is referred to as a ‘time-slip’ novel. That is where the story moves between two timelines. In this case it was the story of Kaine Prescott, in the present, who is dealing with a stalker and much pain in her life. The other part of the story was Ivy Thorpe’s who, in the previous century, was also dealing with a lot of pain. Their common thread was the house.
That creepy, eerie, abandoned, house. It was a character in itself. What went on within the walls of that house during both time frames was haunting and yet the author manages to reflect hope in the people touched by it.
I loved the way that the author wrote of the dichotomy of the evil that exists in this world and the hope that God gives us in the midst of it. Great job.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
The suspense. No, the depth of emotions that pulled me into the story. Wait, there was romance too. Okay, I really cannot pick a favorite thing. It all worked beautifully together.
What I didn’t like about this book:
Nothing. I mean, I really didn’t like the darkness, but this story wouldn’t have been so wonderfully riveting if it wasn’t there. Without the darkness, the light of hope isn’t as bright.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to all of the suspense readers out there. 5 stars just aren’t enough. 🙂 I think I may have found a new favorite author.
Note: I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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