About: Maggie has spent her whole life being teased and taunted or treated differently because of a book that her father wrote when she was little. One that she finally read and came to believe was completely false. She spent the rest of her childhood trying to figure out why her parents would lie and say that it was a true story. When her father dies, she finds out that he never sold the house that the book referenced. She takes it as an opportunity to finally get the answers she has asked for all her life.
Plot: This was so inventive! I really loved how there were parts in Maggie’s point of view and then parts that were part of the book referenced in Maggie’s parts. It was so creative. It was almost like I was reading two books at one time. I was definitely on edge for most of this book. I’m not even going to lie! To add to it all, I got the bright idea to start reading this right at night!
Characters: I really adore Maggie in this. She was just so determined. I get vibes that she may be a lesbian. I’m not sure. I would have liked to see a suspicion that I had in the book confirmed. I will just accept that I might be wrong. The mother was kind of a nightmare, but I get why she was the way she was. The rest of the characters played more in the background than anything. Some were hilarious though!
Narration: This book was narrated by Cady McClain and Jon Lindstrom. I didn’t listen to the full book in audiobook. I read a big chunk of it at work. But these narrators were really awesome. Jon was so authentic sounding that I felt like I was actually there in the story that was being woven! It was spooky!
Suggestions: I’d of liked to see how she goes about her life in the end and to see some loose ends tied up. Other than that, nothing.
Recommend: Yes! Be prepared to expect the unexpected.
Grief is tricky like that. It can lie low for hours, long enough for magical thinking to take hold. Then, when you’re good and vulnerable, it will leap out at you like a fun-house skeleton, and all the pain you thought was gone comes roaring back.
Every house has a story to tell.
Few things in life are more disappointing than knowing you’re parents aren’t being honest with you.