STORY: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to tragedy… or mental anguish. In the aftermath of her husband’s death, which the police rule an accident, Kaine believes he was murdered. No one believes her, but she knows the truth. Further reinforcing her theory is an unknown shadow who begins to stalk her. But when she can’t prove her case, she picks up the pieces of her life and heads for a place she’s never been….
Her destination is Wisconsin where her ancestral family home sits. A century earlier, Ivy Thorpe tries to unlock the mystery of Foster Hill – and piece together the puzzle of the murder that took place at the home. Decades apart, these women work to solve a mystery that may have surprising answers.
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From the moment I read the synopsis of this debut (Bethany House debut, anyway) author’s novel, it was one of those novels that begged to be read. The teasers promised a story sure to keep readers excitedly flipping the pages – for some of us, maybe even long into the night. Inside the intricate cover art lays a story that does indeed pull its reader in. Just not always for the reasons we may assume.
Well written and constructed, Jaime’s novel tells an intriguing story. Tagged with the newer “time slip” subgenre (also, does anyone else feel like this is the genre with that “it” factor right now?), the story’s dual points work well together. Best of all, I appreciate that Wright doesn’t switch off every other chapter (each time) but instead uses larger sections of the novel that remains with Kaine and vice versa. It helps hold the story together in a format that can sometimes be off-putting. That said, don’t be fooled, Jaime’s story knows precisely when to switch between the duel perspectives. Just as we’re settling into Kaine’s side of the story, we’re abruptly sent back into Ivy’s world as the tension fueled mystery continues to build.
Intricate and full of mysterious puzzle pieces, The House on Foster Hill is a novel worth picking up. The characters are interesting (side note: plus, unique character names – Kaine, for the win), and the story keeps a good pace regardless of the switch off duel perspectives. Inside the doors of Foster Hill, you’ll find mystery, danger and maybe, just maybe, even that elusive happy ending.
ABOUT the BOOK
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Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Historical
Source: Author Launch Team / Publisher Provided – thank you, Bethany House
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Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own. (Apologies to the author and publisher for the delay in publishing this review.)