It’s taken a month, but here’s the How To Sell A Haunted House Review! Author Grady Hendrix has captured lightning in a horror-themed bottle yet again.
A fresh and bone-chilling take on the haunted house formula, mixed in with a heart-touching character-driven plot.
Grady Hendrix’s books are always a day-one buy for me, ever since picking up a copy of My Best Friend’s Exorcism. His female characters are written so well—that at one point I thought Hendrix was a woman.
You could imagine my surprise when I saw a picture of Grady Hendrix, and he looked like a youth pastor. As they say, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Hendrix’s writing abilities really shine through in How To Sell A Haunted House, it’s easily one of—if not his best work. It delivers on all fronts, it’s emotional, scary, and full of wit.
The main character, Louise, is one of his best-written characters, and the supporting cast is just as superbly written. All the characters are down-to-earth and relatable.
When Louise finds out her parents have died, she has to work with her “dead beat” brother, Mark, to sell their parent’s allegedly haunted home.
Through the haunted house, this novel explores themes such as generational trauma, and how parents can pass on their pain to their children.
I’ve never read a book that has tackled issues like mental health and trauma so well, especially under the guise of horror. This is a huge call, but it even beats out some of Stephen King’s best works for me.
There is so much to be said about the plot—the premise might seem simple, but it’s packed full of plot twists. Even with the last few 50-100 pages or so, it was throwing twists that were intelligently foreshadowed earlier on.
However, my lips are sealed. There’s not much more that can be said without spoiling it.
To conclude the How To Sell A Haunted House review, buy it. If you haven’t already, put it on the top of the list of your things to grab at the shops.
Grady Hendrix’s books have been hit after hit with consistent quality. Definitely looking forward to whatever he writes next, and you can expect to see a book review for The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires soon.
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