A house of dreams. A place of nightmares. Lacey has longed for a home of her own all her life - a place where she can feel safe, where she and her new husband can raise their first, precious child. When Lacey views the dilapidated Victorian clapboard property on an exquisite tree-lined street, she instantly falls in love. She believes that soon its beautiful sunlit rooms will be filled with the joy of the new family she will build there.
But Lacey is mistaken. The house doesn't want her. It already has an occupant of its own - an angry little boy who hides terrors that Lacey cannot begin to understand. Beneath the dark stairway, at the bottom of the shadowed hall, there lies a secret: For decades, no child has survived this house, no woman has emerged anything less than broken. Lacey has made a mistake. Now she must fight to survive it - and to save those she loves most.
Sonja Condit's short fiction has appeared in many publications. She is the principal bassoon of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium and she teaches at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
I think I expected a little too much from this book, I thought the read up sounded like a good little ghost story but i was wrong. It is not a bad little story but I wanted more to happen and it didn't, I love the books that give you the creeps and this did not for me its a mild little ghost story not scary or gory.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would avoid some of the more overused gothic horror tropes, but it isn't painfully cliched.
If you’ve listened to books by Sonja Condit before, how does this one compare?
I haven't so I can't compare but she's a competent writer.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When we first meet the ghost...
Do you think The Starter House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, it's a self contained story.
Any additional comments?
An entertaining, if a tad predictable ghost story, with strong narration.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes - I really enjoyed this book. It kept me gripped and at times made me nervous.
What did you like best about this story?
Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No - first book with Campbell's narration. I found her voice slightly grating at times especially when she was a male character.