Thursday

Dream House by Valerie Laken

When Kate and Stuart Kinzler buy a run-down, historic house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they're looking for a decent remodeling investment and a little space in which to rekindle their troubled marriage. Instead they discover that their home was the scene of a terrible crime many years ago—a revelation that tips the balance of their precarious union.

When a mysterious man begins lurking around her yard, Kate—now alone—is forced to confront her home's dangerous past. Hers is not the only life that has crumbled under this roof. But the stranger who has returned to this house—once his own childhood home—is in search of something Kate may never fully understand. [via GoodReads]

This book drew me in from the start - with its creepy prologue. I love a mystery, but more than that, I love a good character driven novel and I definitely found that in Dream House. This is the sort of novel that slowly releases its secrets to you - keeping you at the edge of your seat and anxious to know what happened and why.

The main characters, Kate and Walker are both obsessed with this house. Kate - has always felt that she's been a disappointment to her family and feels that by immersing herself in fixing up her new home is a way to redeem herself in their eyes. Walker grew up in the same house before landing himself in jail for almost two decades. What was his purpose for returning?

There are various plot lines going on at once and they are all crucial to the outcome of this novel. The relationships Kate forges between Walker and Jay were really satisfying and essentially what I found the most interesting throughout the story. I love novels that blend past and present events and how it all comes together in the now and Ms. Laken definitely did this well.

For those of you looking for a ghost story - I think you will find one in Dream House, yet it's not a story about things that go bump in the night. This is a story of the ghosts of one's past, dealing with those ghosts and coming to terms with yourself, but most importantly it's about finding a place to call home.

I was very happy to have read Dream House and will definitely be on the lookout for any other titles from Valerie Laken.

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7 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh wow. Sounds interesting. Nice choice :)

trish said...

"I love novels that blend past and present events and how it all comes together in the now..." Me too! I love these kinds of books. So glad you liked the book! Thanks for being on the tour! You write fantastic reviews.

Emidy said...

Oooh.. I love a good mystery/ghost story! And I absolutely adore the cover. I'm sure I'd enjoy Dream House!

Emidy
Une Parole

CelticLady said...

Thanks for the great review, I had purchased this book a few weeks ago and look forward to reading it...

Veens said...

Awesome review! I am so looking fwd to reading this novel myself!!

Mystica said...

the book sounds good. I love stories about older houses

Ryan G said...

I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Great review.

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