Jaime Jo Wright has definitely out done herself with this compelling debut novel.
The House on Foster Hill is a fantastic story of two strong female protagonists, Kaine Prescott (Present day) and her ancestor Ivy Thorpe (1900s). The two women working together, and yet a century apart to solve the same mystery experience psychological trama, heart break and loss.
The story, centered around Foster Hill House is one that involves death and torment. Ivy and Kaine both spend the length of the book trying to solve the mystery of the nameless woman who was murdered and left in a tree on the property of Foster Hill House. Ivy and Kaine are intertwined by similar monsters, from their past and present and of course the cryptic house on Foster Hill. Although Ivy and Kaine's plot lines mirrored one another, there were some stark differences that could lead the reader to favor one character over the other.
Kaine’s narrative in the modern day, follows her as she comes to grips with the death of her husband, of which police believe was accidental. Kaine however is less than convinced, especially with the plight of an unknown stalker. Kaine's story was mostly interesting, however it seemed that her character became lackluster with the sudden introduction of a romance. The romance didn't really seem to make sense in the grand scheme of things, and was unconvincing at best; while taking away some of the initial thrill surrounding Kaine's character.
The second character, Ivy was much more engrossing and relatable. At times I felt like I was falling through Kaine's narrative, just to get back to Ivy's story. Although Kaine's character was a excellent female lead, Ivy completely took the cake in offering an intriguing perspective on the mystery of Foster Hill. Connecting with her loss and grief was much easier than connecting with Kaine's grief over her husband.
Every chapter was a page-turner, the suspense was set from the start and I appreciate the author's writing style and ability to draw a reader in. Ultimately, what made this book so interesting was the duel time-line. All in all this was a captivating book, it didn't take me long to get through it because it was so interesting and the certain "on the edge of your seat" type of story with plenty of scares; strange insertion of romance aside, this book definitely deserves an applause.
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