Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash
Reviewed by Carrie Anne
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupant's junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemming's House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals its past, will the couple's marriage survive The Flip? (taken from the back of the book)
This is the first book I've read by Michael Phillip Cash, but it definitely won't be my last. I love a good horror story, good mysteries, and historical fiction. This had it all - even romance- in an easy to pick up, quick to read story.
The characters were instantly recognizable and relatable. Who hasn't gotten in over their head on a project, finding they aren't themselves under stress? Of course, I doubt most of us have ghosts interfering! In this case, we even know how the ghosts feel, a new twists on the horror genre. I say horror, but there's no gore, though the interactions between ghost and human are rather disturbing.
The descriptions of the home, and the secret treasures within, will make you want to start flipping, too, especially if you can find a home with hidden rooms and boxes of forgotten stuff. How exciting!
I've already recommended this book. I enjoyed it that much! I'm also looking for a little input on the end of the book. There are characters called the Sentinels that seem to be helping the ghosts move on, but I'm wondering if there's more to their story? I'm even thinking about re-reading the book to see if I missed something, but it would be worth it. It's not a story I want to just set aside and shrug my shoulders about. I'd love your opinion if you decide to read it, too.
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