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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5
Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest
Very good, thoroughly enjoyed,
Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects
STAR RATINGS GUIDE
A family drama crammed full of creepy? I’m SOLD
💚 When it comes to horror with a hefty backstory, Grady Hendrix has the market cornered He is to horror what Liane Moriarty is to psychological thrillers. He layers horror with other genres so seamlessly that it becomes a thing all of its own. In this case, it’s a horror/family drama/humour hybrid. And it is phenomenal.
💛There are several tense relationships that felt soooper real, offset by levity from the extended family of aunts/cousins.
🤎I was gripped from start to finish and listened to this in a day. Particularly notable was the vivid quality of the descriptions of the action sequences. These were so on-point, I could picture every move.
💜 I can’t figure out what is/isn’t a spoiler so I’ve reviewed this cautiously. Any spoilers can be seen on Goodreads and Audiobooks Nest, where there’s scope to hide them.
Big thanks to NetGalley and W.F. Howes Ltd for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.
SQUAWKING THE TALK
🎧 Seriously recommend the audiobook edition, where narrators Mikhaila and Jay Aaseng deliver authentic performances that shift effortlessly from funny to dramatic then ramp the scary up to 100. It’s quite the trip and is practically cinematic.
🎧This was a straightforward listen and one I played continuously every chance I got without losing the thread.
🧡Thanks to Stephen King, I have spent decades under the impression that there’s nothing creepier than clowns. Then Grady Hendrix comes in with a clown PUPPET. Total power move. Kudos. And that’s just one terrifying element in a big salad of scary. Small children? Always a bad/good sign. Mysterious accidents? Tantalisingly ominous. And dolls. So. Many. Dolls.
🎧 The puppet voices now live in my head rent-free.
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How To Sell A Haunted House
When Louise finds out her parents have died, she dreads going home. She doesn’t want to leave her daughter with her ex and fly to Charleston. She doesn’t want to deal with her family home, stuffed to the rafters with the remnants of her father’s academic career and her mother’s lifelong obsession with puppets and dolls. She doesn’t want to learn how to live without the two people who knew and loved her best in the world.
Most of all, she doesn’t want to deal with her brother, Mark, who never left their hometown, gets fired from one job after another, and resents her success. Unfortunately, she’ll need his help to get the house ready for sale because it’ll take more than some new paint on the walls and clearing out a lifetime of memories to get this place on the market.
But some houses don’t want to be sold, and their home has other plans for both of them…
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