I’ve been away from the blog for a month, but I’ve been busy, (just so you know I didn’t run out of stuff to say.) (Laughs hysterically)
We’ve been renovating our bathroom, and let me tell you what a challenge that’s been! Anyway, when we’re all done, it’ll resemble a cedar-lined sauna.
I’ve also been writing, and hopefully I’ll have something to share with you soon. But in the meantime, check this out…
I read this book in two sittings, interrupted only by sleep. The first sit-down with this book, I thought it was pretty good and read until I was about 30% through. The next afternoon, I went from that point and read all the rest of it until I finished just before sunset. I mention this because I don’t always read books like that. For that to happen, the writing has to grab me, shake me and not let go.
The House sure did that!
The pacing was pretty good for a debut novel, and believe me when I tell you that’s not always easy.
As a writer myself, I can tell you that writing a story that will leave readers with chills, or even keep them up at night, is tough! I could see the pacing ‘footprints’ here, but that’s not a bad thing. I could see the little clues left like breadcrumbs (Fin’s Uncle is important, pay attention to him) and in retrospect, all of these things were just what the story needed.
I read this as a writer, so while it spooked me in a couple of places, I was left with a great deal of respect for Ms. Darry’s skill and bravery.
As a reader, I’m not too proud to admit it left me with goosebumps.
If you like a little creepy chill with your reading, grab this book from Bold Strokes Books!