Thriller, Horror, Suspense, Fiction, Cultural: African American
Simon and Schuster
December 1st, 2006
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The home that belonged to Angela Toussaint’s late grandmother is so beloved that townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington, call it the Good House. But that all changes one summer when an unexpected tragedy takes place behind its closed doors…and the Toussaint’s family history — and future — is dramatically transformed. Angela has not returned to the Good House since her son, Corey, died there two years ago. But now, Angela is finally ready to return to her hometown and go beyond the grave to unearth the truth about Corey’s death. Could it be related to a terrifying entity Angela’s grandmother battled seven decades ago? And what about the other senseless calamities that Sacajawea has seen in recent years? Has Angela’s grandmother, an African American woman reputed to have “powers,” put a curse on the entire community?
A thrilling exploration of secrets, lies, and divine inspiration, “The Good House” will haunt readers long after its chilling conclusion.
I haven’t been this excited about writing a review in a long time. This book was completely enthralling, and while it took me a chapter or two to get hooked-I was so glad I gave it time to envelope me-because it was SO GOOD.
I have been raving about this book to all of my reader friends since I hit about half way through. I’d listen to it on my drive home from work, and then spend several hours before bed just listening to it while I cooked, played with my dog, or just found myself laying on the couch focused on the story. There were also many long evenings where I stayed up way too late because I couldn’t handle going to bed and not knowing what happened next.
The author managed to weave together many varying cultures, story lines, and characters to create a true masterpiece of suspense and intrigue. Each character was so very well developed-even characters you only heard about once or twice-that you felt like they had an entire story of their own. You could learn infinitely more about each character and their motives if you wanted to, yet knowing that fact, she didn’t leave you feeling like you were wanting for more information.
I couldn’t recommend this book more highly to lovers of good writing, fabulous story telling, and a good thrilling edge-of-your-seat type book. Read it!