Well written and intense!
It was supposed to be a fresh start, a place for Steve & Melody Samson to start their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home – an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the local villagers, who are desperate to keep their sleepy town free from potential media attention.
As Steve and Melody begin to notice the strange and bizarre things that are happening to them, they begin to unravel the complex web of lies and deceit perpetrated by the locals.
Told both in a modern day narrative and flashbacks to the Buildings construction in the 1800s, we learn of the terrible things that reside within Hope House, and the reasons for the history of murder, suicide and insanity for the previous owners of the house.
As Steve and Melody delve ever deeper, they are plagued not only the malevolent forces that reside within the house, but also the very real attention of the increasingly unstable realtor Donovan, who has horrific secrets of his own that he will go to any lengths to keep a secret.
The cover of this book is perfect. It is mystery and spooky, but also draws you in. It’s like those times when you see something that you know could be dangerous and you should walk in the other direction, but some strange strong force is pulling you toward your doom.
This book was a good mix of horror and mystery. It reminded me of the work of Stephen King with a Paranormal twist. While I found it a little difficult to read, because of the way it was formatted and due to the fact that it went back and forth in time, I think it would make an excellent movie! I enjoyed it and would read more by this author; he is very talented.
A word of caution to readers, if you do not have a strong stomach or can not stand very vivid horror scenes I advise you to use caution when choosing to read this book. That being said, if you enjoy stuff like that, this is definitely the book for you.