This week’s First Line Friday is another Kim suggestion!
Walter the cook killed himself in his little bedroom downstairs, just a few hours after saying good-night.
Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.
When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.[Top]
Author: Michelle Muto
Published: October 31, 2013
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars
Description from Amazon:
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own “gifts.” One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. To escape, Jess and the others must open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that seeks to hold them in.
This was a good Halloween read that I listened to on audio. The story was interesting and I enjoyed the setting. Siler House is the kind of place that I enjoy dragging my husband to and then chewing on his ear about all the little historical details. There’s even a grave site . . . whoa!!! Overall, it was a pretty simple read. There was a small plot twist that was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed reading it. I did get a little annoyed with the two girls. Allison was whiny throughout the whole story and even though she was right about somethings, she was still really annoying. And Jess’s naivety was supposed to be something that Gage found attractive, but I found ridiculous! I get that not all ghosts are bad. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t bad ghosts, and the way Jess refused to even consider the possibility is part of the reason they all found themselves in that creepy position.
As for the audiobook, I wasn’t thrilled with the narrator. Her voice was a little grating and her characters weren’t always clear. This is not a read for younger readers. There is language and adult themes, but thankfully nothing too explicit. This is a great book for anyone looking for a scary read.[Top]