"NAME OF BOOK" Book Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
Published by Grindhouse Press
Written by Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young
2020, 230 pages, Fiction
Released on March 13th, 2020
I thought long and hard on how to approach this review without stumbling into spoiler territory. I decided that I’m going to give you the Diet Coke of spoilers. I’m not going to reveal anything that you can’t learn from simply looking up the book on Amazon. If that’s still too much information for you, my Dear Reader, then I suggest that you stop reading because this is a story that needs to be enjoyed as spoiler free as possible.
One of my favorite horror series is the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. She humanizes her monsters, which puts a great twist on the much-explored world of the vampire. They are mainstream existing among the living world and fighting for the same rights that they lost upon their deaths. What Harris did for vampires is exactly what authors Stephen Kozeniewski and Wile E. Young have done for ghosts.
Imagine dying and not going to the Pearly Gates or whatever the final destination is of the afterlife you believe in. Imagine that you stick around and continue living your afterlife. This is the reality that our ghostly and not-so-spirited characters live in. However, their uneasy alliance is threatened by a mysterious force hellbent on their destruction.
One of my favorite things about The Perfectly Fine House is how realistic and enjoyable our protagonists Donna and her brother, Kyle are. Anyone who has grown up with a sibling will appreciate the banter between the two as well as the emotional bond between them. These are not perfect hero characters and their faults are what makes reading about them enjoyable. These are the kind of people you root for.
Another bonus about this novel is the ability to introduce a love subplot into the narrative that doesn’t detract from the story. Most of the time I think romance and horror should remain separate, but in this case I found myself genuinely invested in the spoiler-free unnamed duo.
If there is anything I dislike about The Perfectly Fine House, it's that the fun had to end sometime. I am usually the first to whine about a tacked-on cliffhanger in horror literature. In this case I found myself hoping for one lingering shred of hope that another installment to this universe would be waiting for me. Hint hint authors, *cough* keep writing *cough*.
Trust me, The Perfectly Fine House is a book not to be missed and I’m honestly hoping that my spoiler hating readers took my advice and can enjoy this amazing tale and all the fun twists and adventures that this novel has to offer.
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