*I received a free copy of this book via Voracious Readers Only and with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Madam Celeste is a psychic. This gripping, twisty story includes spirits who need her psychotherapy skills as much as her psychic abilities.
When Madam Celeste has a vision of Cheryl in her mother’s old house which is covered in spider webs, it sets in motion a series of mysteries that has everyone scratching their heads.
Is there a Skinwalker in Bella View (because that’s what some folks are saying) or is it a wolf or worse? Jeremy has seen something (like a wolf, but not) and may have a clue on his trail camera.
Is Emma ready to lead her own seance? She’s been studying everything Madam Celeste has assigned, but does Madam Celeste believe Emma’s ready? Will she be there to help?
And what’s up with all the spider webs? Even the bug guy seems a little nervous. Is it because of the spider webs? Or something else?
The Spider House is a paranormal cosy mystery, featuring psychic Madam Celeste and her apprentice, Emma, investigating a house haunted by ghostly spirits and, guess what else… spiders!
This is the second Madam Celeste book, but you don’t need to have read the first in order to follow what is going on.
From the blurb, I expected Emma to be the main character, but in fact she shares the narrative with Cheryl, the owner of the haunted house. The story starts with Cheryl and her friends attempting a paranormal investigation and being scared away by spiders the size of small dogs (trigger warning for arachnophobes!) and strange events: noises, objects moving, lights.
They eventually call in Emma and Madam Celeste, who are able to shed more light on what is going on and begin the investigation proper. There are plenty of mysteries to be solved, both in and outside the house and even some romance along the way.
I felt that there wasn’t much detail or development of the characters, and with quite a few of them popping in and out of the storyline it made it a little difficult to really get immersed in the book. I also felt that some of the dialogue was a little stilted and didn’t add much to the story.
Fans of classic ‘mild’ B-movie horror like Arachnophobia will enjoy this spooky ghost (and more!) story, especially in the run-up to Halloween!
A strange noise came from the corner of the room. It was loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to startle. it sounded like something shuffling. Gawd, does this place have mice, too?
She swept through the dark room with the broom in hopes of clearing all the spider webs from her path. not curious enough about the noise to investigate, she was getting a little creeped out by the webs, the dark, and the noise. She worked her way back to the door, which was now open. She didn’t remember leaving it open… Had she let a small animal in? Dang! Now I’ll have to investigate!
– Linda Anthony Hill, The Spider House
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