Summary: 2nd Edition
Hunter Beaumont doesn’t understand his grandmother’s deathbed wish: “Destroy Beaumont House.” He’s never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother’s wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House.
But will the house be the sanctuary he had hoped for? Soon after moving in, Hunter realizes he may not be alone. And with whom—or what—he shares the house may plunge him into a nightmare from which he may never escape. Sparks fly when he meets his handsome neighbor, Michael Burt, a caretaker for the estate next door. The man might be his salvation… or he could be the source of Hunter’s terror.
Chilling thriller with a side of romance.
Hunter is the cosseted grandchild that never experienced the outside world until his grandmother’s death. Suddenly faced with adult decisions, he makes some poor choices. Choices that lead him back to Beaumont House, the family heritage. Abandoned for decades, it sits in the woods of Wisconsin.
Several characters are suspiciously too nice. I’m all for the affirmation of life via sex after death passes by, but a doctor preying on newly bereaved grandson is creepy. The family lawyer who has opinions. And then, there’s meddling and Hunter can’t suss it out.
Money, it’s a tool. Learn how to use it. I had a big issue with his ignorance and inability to handle to money. Hunter is going to blow through that inheritance faster that you can say, “Jack rabbit.”
Poltergeists usually are bound to a location. My issue with the story is that is seems to be able to move, infecting minds rather than objects. As if the power is in the word than the thing–which can be true with very powerful entities–but… the events surrounding Ian were incongruent with the malevolent entity’s power.
Not a fan of all the book title and author name dropping, and there was a lot. Somehow the story was diverting enough that it didn’t drive me insane, but every time I felt my eyes roll. Nonetheless, I was rooting for the underdog, Hunter. I wanted him to come around and find a good place, and even with all the stifling of his upbringing he managed through sheer determination to carve it out. There was a convenience to the resolution, but after all he’d been through I was happy for it.
Overall, entertaining paranormal read when you just want to go with it.