But there's a strange darkness on the stairway and an odd little boy who won't leave Lacey alone and soon she's forced to realize that a danger she never suspected is lurking in the hallways of her beautiful new home. She's going to have to solve a decades-old mystery to save her family from an evil that has lingered in wait for them for years.
First Line: It was already June, and the Miszlaks still hadn't found a house.
Random Quote: He seemed unsure, but he allowed Eric to lead him back through the white hallways to the waiting room, where he slumped in one of the cushioned chairs and his himself behind a ragged copy of Highlights for Children. Eric stepped outside to call Ella Dane, and when he came back in, the little boy was gone.
|Abandoned House - White Marsh, VA|
Review: I love a good ghost story, but I'm also very picky. It has to at least make me uncomfortable. It can't rely on obvious tricks. It has to be well-written. It has to meet the standard of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House - a very high bar. Most ghost stories just can't quite get there. Starter House, however, gets very close.
Lacey is pregnant and she and her husband, Eric, have purchased their dream house - the place where they will start their lives together and start their family. Yes, things are a little unsettling and yes, their realtor wasn't too keen on even showing them the house, but the price is right and they're in. Like all good ghost stories, once they're in it all starts getting creepier and creepier - in small fits and starts until it's all just full throttle terror.
All Lacey ever wanted was to be a Real Mother (in contrast to her own vagabond of a mother who followed no discernable rules). When her dream house turns into a nightmare, she must come to turns with her past and make some difficult choices to save her family. Complete with creaking floorboards and a truly scary little boy, Starter House will keep you reading long past your bedtime.
FTC Disclosure: Advance copy from publisher for review
Publishing Information: William Morrow and Company - December 31, 2013