Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The House Guest by Rosa Sofia.
About the Book: Katherine Maslin is plagued by a mysterious woman in her dreams…
When she inherits her grandparents’ property, she hopes the change of scenery will rid her of the dreams in which a strange woman begs her for help. But upon discovering the woman is her dead grandmother, she doubts the wisdom of moving to the farmhouse.
Five gruesome murders might still be unsolved…
Kat’s dreams lead her to discover that five men were murdered on the farm in the 1950s. In possession of her grandmother’s ring, she is sent spiraling back in time, determined to uncover the killer’s true identity. She believes an innocent man has been behind bars all these years, and her family’s history might lead to the truth.
A murderer wants secrets to remain buried…
Learning more about the truth, she finds herself on a deadly path. There is also the matter of the little boy some people claim never existed. Led by the ghost of her grandmother, Kat uncovers clues and returns to her own time in a quest to change past events and save innocent lives.
Kat is in a race against time to solve the mystery, but an unknown enemy is determined to stop her. Can she unmask the killer…before he finds her?
My Review: First off, I have to admit there are few things as fun as a good ghost story. Add in a mystery element, and I’m usually hooked.
I loved Katherine’s interaction with Jake, but at times it felt a little forced, like they were too happy, and were ready to distrust one another at a moment’s notice. I think this was a clever plot device, given how anyone of us would have reacted under the same circumstances.
At first, the time travel mixed me up and seemed abrupt, but that had more to do with me than not. I’m not used to ghost stories that literally take the characters back in time, so please take my critique with a grain of salt. With that being said, I have to admit I think the time Katherine spent in the past was well done. I felt comfortable with her family right up until the end of her stay. While there were a couple of times where I wondered how she didn’t realize something, it’s easily forgiven considering the strain she was under just coming to grips with traveling backwards and then forward to her own time.
I don’t want to say too much as I hate giving spoilers, but I think the supernatural tone of the story is perfectly balanced with reality, making it a fast and engaging read. Seeing the bastard Katherine’s grandfather could be perfectly underlines how we wear two or more masks, depending on where and who we’re talking to. That, as much as the overall story, makes this a highly enjoyable read.