Summary from GoodReads.com:
“The House Always Wins…
A young couple is surprised to find out their ultra cool mid-century modern Hollywood Hills dream house has a past steeped in blood and debauchery. But when the house starts exhibiting paranormal activity, they realize they’ve truly gotten more than they bargained for.
The House in the Hills is a novel about how the house of your dreams can sometimes turn into a nightmare.”
It has been a long time since I have read a basic haunted house story.
I think if you were a fan of American Horror Story: Murder House you would probably love this one. Luckily Murder House is my favourite season so I really enjoyed this book.
I will admit straight off the bat that there was a point in the beginning were I was close to quitting this book. From the first chapter I thought I had worked out what was going to happen. I have read a LOT of horror, as you all know, so I can be pretty good at spotting cliches hundreds of pages before they even happen, but in this case the moment those thoughts crossed my mind a character in the book mentioned the potential cliche I thought I was predicting as a joke and I was back to being interested again.
Was it an unpredictable, wild horror ride? No. It was your basic haunted house story, a young couple buys a new house with a dodgy past and it comes with a pile of ghosts, but that isn’t a bad thing. I LOVE stories like this. Lets face it, I know I don’t read them for the characters or depth, I read them for the scares and for whatever twisted backstory they give the house. Those are the fun parts of a haunted house story.
When it comes to the horror factor this isn’t scary at all. I have a thick skin when it comes to that stuff but I think someone who is easily frightened could handle this one. It does have its creative moments. I love that horror writers are starting to use modern technology to create good scares. There is so much potential there.
I think my favourite part of this book was the ending. I refuse to give spoilers in my reviews but I will say that I had a “Wait, what?!” out loud moment at the very end that earned me a very funny look from my partner.
- A basic haunted house story that a quick and easy read. I read it all in 2 days.
- Not scary at all, good for horror novices.
- Good ending
- If you want a simple haunted house story similar to the Amityville Horror pick this up.
Sexual references, tame horror, strong language, gore and mild violence
3 out of 5 Skulls
I want to thank Netgalley and Reverberator Books for sending me this novel to review.