Siblings Mark and Louise never got along. Growing up, Louise was the overachiever and Mark was the black sheep of the family. When their parents suddenly pass away from a car accident, they’re forced to come together to figure out what to do with their childhood home. The house is filled with memories, from their father’s paperwork from his academic career to their mother’s lifelong obsession with puppets and dolls. Cleaning the house, painting the walls, and putting the house up for sale is the least of their worries as something darker and more sinister demands their attention.
How to Sell a Haunted House was a decent read, but it’s not my favorite work from Hendrix. I enjoy his writing because he does a wonderful job setting the scene, so much so that it can make your skin crawl. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of that from this story. I found it more humorous than scary. Even the “creepy” moments felt tame, but if you’re someone who’s terrified of dolls and puppets then you may think otherwise.
This is a character driven story and the pacing was slow at times. I found the excess details in some of the chapters a bit dull and boring. Nonetheless, the story kept me guessing and felt original. I enjoyed the relationship between Mark and Louise. The back and forth bickering was hilarious and anyone with a sibling can relate. I had a ton of laughs reading this one. I would recommend this book to genre fans and to those who like character driven stories. Get your copy on Amazon today.
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
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