It’s a Mystery: House of Echoes, by Barbara Erskine

House of EchoesHouse of Echoes by Barbara Erskine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the mood for a ghost story? Put your overworked sense of reality into a state of suspended animation, and read about a haunted house in Essex, England. Jocelyn Grant’s husband has lost his business due to his underhanded partner, when, serendipitously, Joss goes on a search for her birth mother, finding not only her roots but an inheritance in the shape of her ancestral home. Of course it’s haunted – there’d be no story otherwise – and some of this novel is rather overdone. As other reviews have already noted, it’s also long, dragging in some places. But other parts are well done, and it’s unclear until the end exactly what is going on, so House of Echoes makes for a fun summer read, spectral roses, lovesick kings, and all.

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