Friday, May 17, 2013
Review: The Brown House by Christy Sloat
Some secrets should never be revealed…
Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…
Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?
I have always been a fan of the paranormal and supernatural. You give me a good ghost story and I am game. In fact, I am more than game. I will devour it faster than mint Oreo cookies. The Brown House is definitely a good ghost story.
Who doesn't like a good tale of a haunted house? Rich in history on how it came to be that way? Because Sloat definitely delivers. The story behind the haunting is just as interesting as the haunting itself. The ghosts are excellent. I found it really refreshing that the novel actually worked on plot. It has a good one. Many horror stories focus so much on trying to scare the shit out of you, that they forget what good writing actually is. The Brown House may not be absolutely terrifying, but it definitely has some great writing!
The novel keeps your attention and has a great pace. Not to mention, it does an excellent job of keeping you ready to read more, especially upon reaching the ending.
Brylee is a good character, and a lot of the choices she makes aren't sterotypical-horror-heroine-with-no-common-sense, so that is definitely a bonus. Maybe it is just be, but I thought that her good looks were brought up a bit too much? Like more-times-than-Castiel-in-Supernatural much. I mean, this could add to having realistic characters, since us teenage girls can be oh-so-vain. But it was a *tad* much. Still, nothing that prevents the overall enjoyment of the novel.
The Brown House is well-written, suspenseful, and interesting, and will create a great ghost story for those, who like me, have been craving one. I can't wait to see what comes next.