The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright is a smashing debut novel and creepy good!
about the book
Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives—including her own—are lost?
As y’all know, I love to meet and introduce you to new authors. Jaime Jo Wright has been in a few Barbour novella collections (more about those later) and we’ve had the pleasure of hosting and getting to know her a little bit here.
Of course, I wanted to help spread the word about her debut novel! Then I saw the cover… um, folks rave about it and yes, it is artistically attractive but I got the spooky, creepy, and “might give me nightmares” vibes! For months, I have been so nervous about reading this book… yeah, yeah, I judged the book by its cover, we all do it… anyway, I’m happy and relieved to report all that worry was for naught!
Once I got over the irrational nerves this richly expressive cover evoked in my reader heart, I consumed this story (and now feel kind of silly for letting my imagination get away from me)! Both time periods are equally intriguing and compelling with several scenes that crank up the suspense without sacrificing the sweet romance threads!
The author skillfully intertwined these characters’ lives with this old, abandoned house in a way that nearly makes the house feel like an additional silent character. The mystery elements of the story kept me guessing and theorizing as I gathered clues and flipped back and forth to compare little details and search for commonalities.
I can’t think of one thing I would change about this book (besides the cover but I’m a big chicken and it’s good for me to get out of my comfort zone)! The balance of mystery, suspense, romance, legacy, friendship, and faith within the story is excellent! I definitely recommend this book and look forward to more compelling stories from this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality.
She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.
Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures on her website.
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Have you experienced cover aversion, reader friends?