Saturday, August 17, 2013

Advance Review: Bad Houses by Sara Ryan & Carla Speed McNeil




I received a digital download of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my review



Dark Horse


Houses hold secrets. For Catherine and Lewis Gilbert the homes of the deceased of Falin Oregon release those secrets in the form of estate sales. For the local residents the sales are the opportunity to spy on the deceased and recycling of china and books, trinkets and treasures, secrets and memories.

Catherine is good at her job. Her reputation insures she is the first choice for many of the deceased family members. Lewis chafes under the constant pressures of his mothers business and his small town existence. All that changes when Anne Cole enters Lewis’s life.

Anne moves through the estate sales with a sense of reverence. She is drawn to the emotional connections that inhabit the deceased possessions.  Anne is more likely to pocket the odd trinket then search for buried treasure.

Lewis and Anne’s lives begin to overlap. The circle each other, carefully sharing bits of themselves, seeing if the sum of their parts will create a harmonious whole.


I was drawn to this story primarily because of Carla Speed McNeil. I’m a huge fan of Carla’s Finder series so I was really interested in seeing her illustrate a different type of story. This is my first time reading Sara Ryan’s work and I really enjoyed the pacing of the story. The opening narrative beautifully sets the scenes of the story and then dissolves leaving the reader with a greater intimacy with the characters and their stories.


A wonderful read!

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