RT Book Book Reviews FEBRUARY 2016 SEAL OF EXCELLENCE award winner
Sometimes what haunts you is not a ghost.
They're not alone in the house. With a baby on the way and a brand new house, it seems Ginny and her husband, Sean, are on their way to a fresh start. But strange occurrences and financial strain seem determined to keep the couple stuck in the past. Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted...or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so. As Ginny researches the house's former owner and the tragedy that happened there, it becomes clearer than ever that something is in the house with them. The question is, who...or what...is it?
“Hart entices the reader to explore every shadowy nook and cranny of this traditional, chill-filled haunted house story.”--Publishers Weekly
“In this superb, eerie tale, Hart draws on several conventions of the horror genre — a possibly haunted house, an unsolved kidnapping, a protagonist who’s fraying at the edges. But rather than soaking her story in dramatic displays of gore, Hart takes these elements and develops a restrained, quietly macabre atmosphere that is chilling and effective. Bringing her signature unflinching honesty about relationships to these time-worn tropes, she delves into the animus that can simmer under the surface, in the form of little secrets, between husbands and wives, parents and children.” -- RT Book Reviews Magazine
Hart (Beneath the Veil) entices the reader to explore every shadowy nook and cranny of this traditional, chill-filled haunted house story. Ginny and Sean promise that a new house and a new baby on the way will repair their shaky marriage. With an emotionally painful miscarriage behind her, Ginny vows to rest and bring this baby safely to term. Yet a string of mishaps tests her sanity. Ginny tells her sister that either the house is haunted, or her overbearing man-child of a husband is gaslighting her. The strange events may have something to do with the house's previous owner, whose family left him 15 years before over a disgraceful secret. Successive mysteries propel patient readers to accompany the unrelenting Ginny as she pieces the story together. While clueless and one-dimensional Sean grates, capable Ginny wins hearts.