by Michael Phillip Cash
GENRE: Ghost/Haunted House/Horror
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals its past, will the couple's marriage survive The Flip?
Julie started demolition on a bathroom in one of the many bedrooms. She needed to lose herself in some work. She was losing her mind. Images of last night with her husband played like a movie in her head. The bodies were familiar, yet at the same time, they were not. The whole episode had a dreamlike quality, and for now, Julie wasn’t sure what part of what they had done was real or from her imagination. It was better to keep busy, think about things to keep her occupied, so her head wouldn’t explode.
She trudged upstairs and started working in the first of the guest bedrooms. It was an en suite, perfect for a bed-and breakfast. Why couldn’t Brad see that? she wondered. She lifted out the toilet, carefully pulled a rusty medicine cabinet from the wall, and started chopping at tiles on the floor, both of her tiny hands whacking away with a giant mallet. They had decided that nothing was salvageable in this bath. She dragged the fixtures out of the small bathroom to a cleared corner in the bedroom. It was hot. Sweat trickled down her back. She was wearing an oversized T-shirt and yoga pants from Target. She fanned herself, smiling when she thought of the pretty ladies’ fan in her makeshift bedroom. Julie went to the window. The trees surrounding the house were painted amber, red, and yellow. A breeze ruffled the branches, and Julie wanted to air out the stuffy room.
My Review: 5*
I have been dying to get to read this book. I love ghost stories, I love haunted houses, I also love history. This book had it all for me.
Julie and Brad a married couple find houses fix them up and flip them. After their latest house closing Brad decides to take the scenic route home. Julie spots a For Sale sign for a dilapidated old Mansion and immediately is drawn to it. Against Brads judgement they buy it.
Brad is the brawn in their flipping. He does most of the remodeling himself. Strange things and feelings start almost immediately when he begins work on the house. His attitude changes and he is very short and cross with Julie whenever he is at the house.
Brad wants nothing more then to finish the house and sell it as soon as possible. Julie on the other hand wants to keep the house and tun it into a B&B. After their house mysteriously burns down they move into the mansion and things really get strange. And dangerous.
This was a short book and at times the timeline felt a bit rushed, but it was still a great story. It bounced between the present and Gerald and Tessa (the ghosts) past, filling you in on the history part of the story. Michael Cash also added in that the house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Which one really did exist in that town but not at this made up house. The town is real, some of the people are real, and the Underground railroad was real. I really enjoyed everything about this book. It is not really scar the are some creepy parts to it though.
I was given this book by the Author for reviewing purposes. The thoughts in this review are my own and not because the Author wanted me to say so.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best-selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels.
He's written ten books including the best-selling “Brood X”, “Stillwell”, “The Flip”, “The After House”, “The Hanging Tree”, “Witches Protection Program”, “Pokergeist”, “The History Major” and “Battle for Darracia” series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.
“Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island”, “The Hanging Tree”, and “Schism: The Battle for Darracia” has all been named to Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards. His newest book, “The History Major”, has been taking readers and reviewers by storm.
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