The Widow’s House Review & Giveaway

I have read one book of Carol Goodman’s over the years and that was her debut, The Lake of Dead Languages.  It was a suspenseful mystery dealing with girls at a private school.  This new release from her really shows she’s grown as a writer as she enters the genre of gothic mystery and ghost story.

Looking for a fresh start and a way to stay out of debt, writer Jess Martin and his wife, Clare, leave the bustling city and head to the country of the Hudson Valley.  When they can’t find a dream home in their price range, they are given the opportunity to become caretakers at Riven House.  As they move in, Clare begins to hear noises, see figures, and question how much the house and the ghosts of its past are haunting her.

As I was reading, I kept picturing the movie What Lies Beneath starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.  A working husband, wife left at home, when mysterious things begin to happen and she sees things and questions what’s going on.  If this was a movie you enjoyed, the book is sure to intrigue you.

What’s impressive is Goodman is writing this book about three writers, all with distinctive voices.  She pulled it off brilliantly and managed to keep mystery enthusiasts turning the pages.

Riven House almost acts as its own character in the novel.  Is it haunted?  That’s what everyone in town likes to think.  Will digging up some town history make life worse or better for Clare?  One thing is for sure: Don’t turn your back on it.  I was eager to get to the bottom of the mystery and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed in the ending.

If you like a good ghost story or visiting haunted houses, add this book to your to-be read pile.

You can purchase directly through the HarperCollins website here.

About the author:

Carol Goodman is the critically acclaimed author of fourteen novels, including The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water, which won the 2003 Hammett Prize. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, and teaches writing and literature at the New School and SUNY New Paltz.

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8 thoughts on “The Widow’s House Review & Giveaway

  1. Angie Stormer says:

    The closest I can get to a ghost story is CLUSTERS: Case of the missing by T.M. Williams. This is one of those books where the hair stands up on the back of your neck. I read a lot at night and I will admit to keeping lights on at night that were not necessary until the book was finished. It is impossible to guess what is going to happen next and has a HUGE creepy factor beyond any other book that I have read. I really did look over my shoulder and would stroll around the house now and then just because I could get spooked so bad. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to be very afraid! I hope this was the type of answer you were asking for!

  2. Bonnie Franks says:

    I know I used to read a lot of ghost stories when I was young, but I can’t think of one off the top. I have also noticed it’s difficult to find a good ghost story nowadays. I have one here to read and I hope it’s good…Head Full of Ghosts.

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