Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on 24 June 2014
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Wealthy geek Deacon has put together a crack team to help him renovate his old family house. His best friend Jack, landscape gardener Nina and professional organiser Cindy get increasingly uncomfortable with the sinister house. The house begins to reveal its secrets when Deacon’s cousin Dotty.
I enjoyed the book but it didn’t have the same amount of sparkle or humour that I usually associate with Harper. I found myself smiling at the pop culture references rather than laughing out loud. I think part of the problem came from the sheer number of perspectives we were given and the two romances as it didn’t give us an opportunity to properly connect with the main characters. Nina and Deacon embody social awkwardness and their stilted romance was really sweet. Cindy and Jack’s romance took longer to get sorted as she loathed him. The mystery involving Deacon’s murdered ancestor was the most fun though even if it was a bit predictable. Something felt a little off with the pacing as there was a long build up while the main five got settled in the house and then it was all tied up fairly quickly.
I’m afraid I didn’t love this one as much as Harper’s excellent other series. It was however a good stop gap measure to tide me over until the next Half Moon Hollow book comes out next year.