House of Skin

. September 2012. 312p. 978-1-60928-921-8. 16.
Paul Carver arrives in Shadeland, IN, to claim the Watermere estate, an unexpected inheritance from his late—and reviled (by the townspeople)—Uncle Myles. Although he delights in the old mansion, Paul discovers that the house holds many secrets, most of them tied to Myles’s wife, Annabel. When library worker Julia Merrow meets Paul, her growing feelings for him mirror her passion for Watermere; like the house, she has her own secrets. The author of The Sorrows revives one of horror’s most beloved motifs—the haunted house—to good effect in a tale of star-crossed lovers in thrall to a ruthless ghost.
VERDICT Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story, this should please readers who appreciate a good haunting. [This was published first as an ebook.
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