“Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?”
The After House Review
I went into The After House expecting a ‘Ghost and Mrs. Muir’ esque paranormal romance. You know, single mother moves into a cottage and falls in love with a sea captain ghost. Sadly, this wasn’t the case. Sure, the similarities are definitely there, but the story isn’t romantic between Remy and whaling ship captain Eli Gaspar. Instead, the book is about Eli gaining peace by finding a way back to his memories and home with his wife and children in the afterlife. There are even two guardian angel ghosts involved to help move things along.
The novel also follows newly divorced Remy (her ex-husband a real loser) as she moves into a new cottage, takes care of her daughter Olivia, and finds possible love in the sweet mayor named Hugh. But someone in the cottage doesn’t exactly want her around….Then there are mysterious attacks against Remy. Someone wants to do her harm, but whom?
Truthfully, I had a difficult time getting into the story. While a short novel, it felt like the first five or so chapters dragged and procrastinated getting to the actual story at hand. This might be a turn off for some readers. Nevertheless, once you reach the midway point of The After House, the story becomes much more engaging. I even found myself rooting for Hugh and Remy (though their romance was definitely rushed and underdeveloped) and for Eli to find peace with his family. Eli definitely had the best characterization, and the historical accuracy of his flashbacks was also very well done. Yes, the mystery is obvious and the plot very slow at first, but if you go in not expecting a horror or paranormal romance, you might just enjoy this quick read.
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce
me. Aren’t you?”
“Happiness in marriage is entirely a
matter of chance.”
Paperback: 212 pages
Genre: Ghost Story, Fantasy
Author Website: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/
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Note: This book was received from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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