3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
The narrator is a fortune teller and is visited by Susan, who believes her house is haunted and her stepson Miles is behind all the problems faced by the family. The narrator soon discovers the history of the house in which the family is living and realizes that it is because of some ghost or lost soul of the old owners. But wait, by the end of this novella, you are told that everything was a lie! I usually try to avoid this dark genre just because I fear that I will end up hating the book but this book was good. Not as good I was expecting it to be (the ending could have been better) but good nevertheless 🙂
So, 4 stars overall!