Outstanding Debut Novel from an Author to Watch
Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–
including her own–are lost?
What I Loved: Wow. Just wow. I didn’t know what to expect from a new author or this mysterious house but now that I know, I wish I had time to read it all over again.
I enjoy a good mystery and Wright really pulled it off here. This was one of the best mysteries I had read in a long time. I think what made it work so well was that the mystery was unfolding in two different timelines and yet they interconnected as well. This takes some master plotting and uber creativeness, so Wright gets a standing ovation from me.
But this novel will not be for everyone. As for myself, I prefer mystery without suspense, so the House on Foster Hill was a leave-the-lights-on sort of book. But I loved it. I seriously could not put this book down. There are however some darker tones to the novel. The main character has worked with abused women or victims of sex-trafficking so these subject lines are interspersed throughout the story. As a sensitive reader, I felt that Wright handled the tough subjects well but other sensitive readers may like to know that they will brush up against some of the harder realities of life.
Wright is certainly an author to keep an eye on. I, for one, can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving The House on Foster Hill 5 stars and recommending it those who enjoy Christian Mystery/Suspense and those who enjoy dual timelines.
~I received a copy from Net Galley. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.