Hooooooly cats this book is good so far, but I‘m really not pumped to be reading it home alone 😳
I‘m so thrilled to have found this author! Spooky, reminded me very much of Stephen King, in that it‘s a long book, but it reads like it‘s at the climax almost the entire book. Robin Miles narration was fabulous as always, for audiobook lovers. I bought another book from the same author as soon as I finished!
Told in a non-linear format between the 1920s, 2001, & current time, Due takes the reader on a generational adventure full of suicide, possession, evil omens, & voodoo.
In the tradition of American folklore mixed with African/Creole mysticism, this action packed horror novel is original & left me wanting more. Due‘s prose & her gift of storytelling is top notch. For someone who has never read her before, I recommend you start with this classic.
My favorite moment when Tariq and Angela/Marie are having their final words and Tariq realizes he sees no future for himself. Still, adamant to kill Angela/Marie, he receives a surprise when a gunshot comes from behind. No matter how many times I read this, I want to stand up and cheer.
Now, it‘s the calm after the storm where Angela has successfully connected with the lwa, Papa Legba, and her Grandma Marie. Such a bittersweet end. ❤️
Before the showdown, I love how we get a glimpse from Corey‘s perspective when he & Angela discussed the recovered ring.
In the 1st chapter, we only gain Angela‘s perspective during their conversation. In the later part, through Corey‘s perspective, we learn that his suicide was due to the Baka who disguised itself as his love interest, Becka.
I nearly cried the 1st time I read this, realizing he sacrificed himself to save his mom.
I love this scene!
It‘s when Angela finds her Gramma Marie‘s secret room behind the stove. The one that has a full fledge altar with dolls, skulls, and the whole nine yards.
I love how the whole book is spelled out to Angela by Art, Liza‘s husband. Even though his dialogue is a summery, it‘s presented in the tongue of rich folklore.
Without giving spoilers, yeah, it‘s obvious Angela‘s inherited ring is more than jewelry. It‘s also obvious that the good house is surrounded by positive & negative spirits. But what still floors me is how these spirits can affect others by objects left on the property, like Tariq‘s van.
This was good! I spent the last 65 pages reading a chapter then putting it down and telling myself to breath. I don't like a lot of horror as I sometimes find that people like King add nastiness on top of something that's already scary and then I don't end up creeped out but just disgusted instead. This had the balance, horrific stuff happens but it felt measured to work within the story. Not daring me to see how much I can take just because. Love
Reading tip of the day. When you get your reading groove back after a slump don't decide that a nightshift is the best time to start that horror novel you wanted to read. Paranoia may follow and every sound on that monitor your listening to will sound threatening.
Also doing checks down dark corridors will be much harder. #whatwasithinking
One of my favorite parts has happened. It‘s the scene when the men are cutting down a dead tree on Angela‘s property. While the women are inside making them sandwiches, Liza, who is the granddaughter of the sheriff in the prologue, is explaining how Angela‘s grandmother exercised an evil entity from the child who was brought to the good house.
After coming to terms with Corey‘s death, Angela returns to her vacation home where the tragedy occurred (her late grandmother‘s house). Upon returning, she has met up with two old friends Naomi & Miles. She has recently learned an acquaintance of her son‘s killed himself by stepping in front of a truck. I find it interesting how suicide surrounds her. Angela‘s Mom killed herself, Corey killed himself, & Corey‘s friends did the same.
The nightmare is spawned from a heirloom ring that belonged to Marie and was handed down to Angela.
Corey has faked a home robbery to steal his mother‘s ring so a girl he likes can temporarily wear it. When she refuses to return the ring, some old school magic is used without considering the repercussions.
July 4 , 2001, 72 yrs later, Marie Toussant‘s descendant, Angela is hosting a party although she hates hosting. Her son, Corey is somewhat rebellious towards her, although he isn‘t entirely disrespectful. Something wicked is brewing as this party takes place in the house where Marie and John once lived.
Re-reading this year‘s later, I forgot how much I loved the characters.
Such a rich look on the past in its prologue. Red John and Marie seem so down to earth and magical, I wish I shared the shack with them.
When Marie‘s healing powers are required against John‘s better judgement, we know a serpent is soon to find its way into Eden. This is presented in the scenario of Marie needing to heal a girl that could easily be demonically possessed.
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As you can clearly see, the actual TBR considerations for #24in48 are indeed ridiculous! I'm a total mood reader, though, so I think I have some good picks to hit any potential craving. The left side are regular new release wanna reads and the right side are my various challenge wanna reads. And there's more, like the Tananarive Due title, on my ereader - #catsoflitsy supervisor seems to approve. And I think I've got enough for the full 24 hrs 🤓
Mehhhhh. It had so much potential. But then the switching of point of views and the tediousness of the story made it fall flat - for the record totally ok with diff points of view just not when you put in random POV from random characters randomly. Also the ending was super clean and wrapped up with a bow.
That was fast! My #bookhaul from the Book Outlet sale.
Breakfast and a book. Yogurt with orange slices and trail mix, another of my meh oatmeal/banana muffins and honey apple cider vinegar tea. I'm still in a reading slump, so I'm trying to get back to my usual routine, which is read for an hour in the mornings before doing any editing/work/errands. Apparently I either read ALL THE TIME and never get my work done, or work all the time and don't read.
Breakfast - yogurt, pineapple, fancy trail mix from Costco. I made oatmeal banana muffins last night and they're a bit meh, although The American loves them. Apple cider vinegar and honey tea. Trying to get back into routine - it took me a week to finish my last book, so I'm clearly struggling! I was going to read The Underground Railroad or Homegoing next, but I think I need something that won't break my heart.
Why isn't Tananarive Due a superstar in the horror genre?! I absolutely loved Due's My Soul to Keep (book 1 of her African Immortal series), and The Good House is just as amazing. Her stories are sweeping and full of depth, with interesting historical elements. They are dramatic and fantastical, yet somehow so realistic. More than anything, her books are fun to read. There's mystery, voodoo, and a ton of tension. 5/5 stars!
Headed back home from NJ this weekend! We're listening to my current audiobook The Good House on the drive home & it's suitably spooky for night driving. ??
But since audiobooks & highway driving makes for boring pictures, here's our dinner. We went to The Melting Pot for fondue with my best college friends to celebrate mine & others' 30th bdays! This is bacon cheddar jalapeño fondue. My favorite was the dark chocolate with Bailey's. ?????
A unique haunted house story, mixed with folklore, demons and the pain of a broken family. Long, but I couldn't stop reading. Due was another favorite of mine during my All Hallows' Read last year. Her characters are rich and her stories deeply compelling. And spooky!