With a baby on the way and a brand new house, it seems Ginny and her husband, Sean, are on their way to a fresh start. But strange occurrences and financial strain seem determined to keep Ginny and Sean stuck in the past. Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted…or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so. As Ginny researches the house’s former owner and the tragedy that happened there, it becomes clearer than ever that something is in the house with them. The question is, who…or what…is it?
I am a huge Megan Hart fan and I was very excited to get a new experience from her writing. The synopsis had me interested and I could hardly wait to dive into this book.
Unfortunately, the beginning was very slow for me. Ginny and Sean had just purchased a house which included the belongings of the previous owner. Their marriage was already strained, she was pregnant and Sean was never a man that I felt even a connection to. In this old house, Ginny was finding strange things that shouldn’t be there, especially after the inspection before they bought the house. Sure old houses have their own noises and smells, but this house seemed to have more than one would expect.
Could there be ghosts in the house? Items would show up where she was painting, clues pointing to a girl named Caroline became obvious and secrets were buried in the backyard of this house. While all of this is going on, slowly unfolding before Ginny, she was still dealing with the secrets between her and Sean and the reality of how hard it was going to be to get their marriage back on track.
Finally the ending came and the suspense picked up. I found the last 15% of the book I was totally invested and turning those pages fast and furious, then it was over and I was disappointed that we spent the first half of the book on their relationship issues when I would much rather have more of the truth to this house and what happened after.
I want to stress that the plot jumped some major gaps for me, and this is a personal preference for this reader. The writing is smooth and characters are developed well. I just had an issue with the transitions in what I would consider plots contained in one book and I can’t go any farther without risking spoiling the ending. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, but don’t go in thinking you are only getting a ghost story and be prepared to have the most intense part of the story end without full closure.