Book Review

IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE by Mira Grant (Out 6/30/2019)

Thank you to Subterranean Press  and NetGalley for the advance ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Scheduled Release: 6/30/2019

Rating: 3.5 / 5

I recently did a reread of Mira Grant’s INTO THE DROWNING DEEP and wrote a review earlier this month. I really enjoyed revisiting INTO THE DROWNING DEEP and I also really loved Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series in years past, so it is safe to say I am a fan! When I saw that she had a new upcoming release, I immediately requested it on NetGalley.

IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE by Mira Grant primarily follows Harlowe Upton-Jones, a young woman whose parents were brutally murdered in front of her when she was a small child. Quite understandably this trauma impacted her in many ways. She suffers from terrible nightmares and migraines and she’s obsessed with finding out what exactly happened to her parents.

Enter Kevin, Addison and Andy, three kids who welcome Harlowe into their found family. Together, the four join forces to form a detective agency, investigating mysteries and the supernatural, hunting down ghosts and just generally getting into trouble. This definitely had a definite Scooby-Doo vibe, though without the pup!

The four friends have left their teen years behind and they need to face “adult” responsibilities like finding jobs that pay enough for practical matters like insurance (chasing ghosts is potentially dangerous work). Harlowe offers her team one last case with a potentially large payout, investigating Spindrift House. The case is not without danger, but it offers Harlowe the opportunity to find some connections to her past and possibly some answers to her own life’s mystery.

Mira Grant really knows how to write an atmospheric setting. Her opening chapter speaks to nature’s dislike of a straight line, describing Spindrift House as a building made up entirely of straight lines and angles. The house is described as unnatural and haunted. The house has a history, actually several, but no one is sure which is the true story. What we do know is that the house sits above a seaside village of Port Mercy, slowly drowning under rising waters and global warming. The detectives have been called in because there is a dispute over who the house actually belongs to.

Harlowe and her team are introduced in the second chapter, secondary to the house itself. There is definitely a strong creep factor in the story telling (in a good way!) that Mira Grant delivers. I don’t want to get into too many details to avoid spoilers, but the atmosphere and the twists in the story definitely kept me hooked.

There were a few issues I had with the story as a whole and I think they mostly revolve around the length of the story. At only 200 pages, there are areas of the narrative which can’t be fully explored. I finished reading and felt that I had lingering questions. Harlowe references past cases they worked as teens and trouble they got into that I would have loved to see fleshed out a bit more. I would have also wanted a bit more about what happened to Harlowe’s parents.

Overall I am definitely glad I got a chance to read IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE. It was a fun dark and spooky novella for a dark, cool night. It would be a perfect read for a vacation by the sea! Keep an eye out for IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE’s release on 6/30/2019!

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