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“One step away from our world lies another: a land of violent fantasies, of sharp-toothed delights. . . .”
Malice House is a good creepy read to start October with. I found the plot intriguing. The book centers around Haven, an aspiring book illustrator who has returned to her father’s house after his death to sort through what is left. Her father was a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and prior to his death was diagnosed with dementia and wrote to her about demons living within the walls of Malice House. When she happens upon an unpublished manuscript in the attic entitled Bedtime Stories for Monsters, thinking she can cash in on it, things start getting weird. Maybe Malice House really is haunted??
The plot was intriguing, and the first half of the book had me really interested. It started to fall short for me a bit after that. The pacing seemed really slow, and by the last 20% I felt like it was dragging…even though there was a lot happening. Haven had a lot of internal monologues I maybe could have done without, and there were quite a few twists.
I do love a good creepy story, and the atmosphere was set well. I liked the themes and the concept, and the snippets of her father’s book in each chapter.
Special thanks to Hyperion Avenue and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Malice House will be published October 4, 2022. Preorder Here