The House on Foster Hill

Jaime Jo Wright Bethany House (NOVEM­BER) Soft­cover $14.99 (368pp) 978-0-7642-3028-8

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Char­ac­ters are savvy yet vul­ner­a­ble, and their con­tin­ual quests for hope in the midst of dark­ness are ap­peal­ingly in­spi­ra­tional.

Jaime Jo Wright’s The House on Foster Hill blends the past and present in a grip­ping mys­tery that ex­plores faith and the sins of an­ces­tors.

Foster Hill House sits in a re­mote Wis­con­sin town, va­cant and fall­ing into dis­re­pair. It is pur­chased sight un­seen by Kaine Prescott, a San Diego na­tive run­ning from her demons and strug­gling to process her hus­band’s “car ac­ci­dent” death. She is los­ing her faith when she ar­rives at the spooky historical home.

Kaine be­lieves that her hus­band’s killer has been stalk­ing her, but that her cross-coun­try move will heal her heart and take her far away from dan­ger. How­ever, she soon finds that she can’t es­cape her past.

Foster Hill House has its own se­crets. In 1906, Ivy Thorpe dis­cov­ered a mur­dered woman in one of its trees and be­gan a per­ilous jour­ney to find her killer and her in­fant. Ivy’s story blends with Kaine’s, and as se­crets are un­veiled, the dan­ger in­creases.

Chap­ters al­ter­nate be­tween the past and present, giv­ing The House on Foster Hill depth. Con­nec­tions are made at an ideal pace, and clues scat­tered through­out give the per­fect amount of in­for­ma­tion.

Both Kaine and Ivy are tough and dam­aged, search­ing for their own faiths as they strug­gle to solve their in­di­vid­ual mys­ter­ies. Though their pasts caused them to run from re­la­tion­ships and hap­pi­ness, their searches for the truth heal them, even as shad­owy strangers threaten their lives. Char­ac­ters are savvy yet vul­ner­a­ble, and their con­tin­ual quests for hope in the midst of dark­ness are ap­peal­ingly in­spi­ra­tional.

Deep emo­tional strug­gles are the back­bone of the novel and make the cor­re­spond­ing mys­tery even more en­gag­ing. With sharp di­a­logue and plenty of scares, this is a grip­ping tale that never loses sight of the light at the end of the tun­nel.

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