Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who it seems has been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, it seems Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman…
A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…
MY REVIEW: My Rating: 5*
I would like to thank Michael J. Malone, Karen Sullivan, Orenda Books and Anne Cater for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of The House of Spines prior to taking part and being a stop on the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
The title you may think at first glance, like myself, suggests something terrifying that is lurking in the dark. You wouldn’t be far wrong, but you wouldn’t be entirely correct. The title – House of Spines – is all about something altogether innocent tinged with family roots full of betrayal mixed with a horrendous and fatal past event which still holds on tightly to the present day.
House of Spines is all about down on his luck, Ranald, who has never been fortunate enough for anything. As a child he spent his time witnessing his delusional mother day after day slowly but surely loosening her grip on sanity. BUT, when out of the blue he inherits a family heirloom worth millions, you would think THAT would be the beginning of luck playing a part in Ranald’s life – at last – but, sometimes luck and plans never work for the good and for Ranald, this new found luck comes with a high price.
Sinister, with lurking goosebumps a plenty, I found The House of Spines an easy read that I sprinted through – just because it’s so darn good – with page after page bringing a magnetic welcoming.
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