Friday, April 4, 2008

Book Review: House of Secrets by Jeffery S. Savage

House of Secrets
Jeff Savage
Shandra Covington returns back to her Grandmother house because she left it to Shandra in the will. She arrives in town to apprise the house, and hopefully learn more about her elusive past. When exploring the old house she finds a dead body. She reports to the police and finds herself accused of murder. When Shandra is acquitted of all charges she determines to solve the mystery and digs up the town’s old secrets. Shandra discovers more and more about her mother and her grandmother as the longer she hangs around the town. She is excited to find out information about them even when their story brings her pain.
Yet she isn’t out of danger. The citizens of the town have theories about the body that was found in the house. Rumors and theories start spreading around, and Shandra is determined to find the truth. When she learns who the killer is she may not survive long enough to tell what she knows.
I liked this book. I thought it was a good read and really got into the story. Occasionally, I was jolted out of the book because Shandra’s characterization felt strange to me. Sometimes she acted too girly when my impression of her was more tomboyish. Other than that I really liked it. The series kind of reminds me of Lynn Gardener’s Gem series, and it is kind of funny they have several similarities. Both main characters have disappeared fathers for instance. I guess beyond that not much is similar except for the fact both are small, spunky, first person woman narrators. Not my favorite read of the year, but still it is an engaging mystery read with a few surprising twists. I actually did not guess the killer, which made me happy cause I like to be surprised.

1 comment:

Heather B. Moore said...

I loved the main character in this book--Shandra. You'll have to check out the sequel "Dead on Arrival"--very fun read. Glad I found your blog :)