The House of Last Resort

St. Martin’s. Jan. 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781250285898. $29. HORROR
Best seller Golden (All Hallows) is back with another masterclass in horror, this time featuring a young Boston couple, Tommy and Kate, who leave the rat race behind to claim a crumbling mansion for only one euro on the island of Sicily, in the same small town where Tommy’s grandparents live. On their first day there, an earthquake rumbles, Kate is pretty sure she’s seen a ghost, and Tommy’s grandmother’s visit ends with her upset that they bought the notorious home known as “the House of Last Resort.” With a creepy omniscient point of view, Golden weaves a tense tale, carefully detailing the history of the place and its characters. The tone builds from uneasy to sinister at a relentless pace, culminating with Tommy and Kate in a desperate race for their souls and battling centuries of secrets buried deep beneath their new home, including some that rock the foundation of Tommy’s own family.
VERDICT Golden is already a library favorite, and his latest will be eagerly devoured. This title would make a great suggestion for fans of The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni or Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
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