The Dead House
by Billy O’Callaghan
Hardcover, 203 pages
1 May 2018, Arcade / Skyhorse Publishing
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
The opening of this book drew me in. There was a compelling line in the Prologue – “Do you believe in ghosts? Because that’s really where it begins, with belief. We glimpse or experience something that defies explanation and we either accept the stretch in our reality or we choose to turn our heads away….I ask only that your give yourself time and space to consider the question, and that you listen with an open mind.” I may have taken this too much to heart…
This book had me at the Prologue. I wanted to hear Mike’s story and to understand why he believes in ghosts. I was interested in his descriptions of art, with the light foreshadowing, and with the characters that he introduced. I could visualize the people and places described, even though I haven’t been to the UK. There was such a haunting presence in this story, and it was rendered with the style of an artist. There were heavy and light brushstrokes of friendship, love, history and lore.
This book felt like Rebecca – but perhaps more so. Maybe The Dead House is what Rebecca felt like when it was first released.
I do not suggest reading this one while all alone….
(I receive an advance copy of this book from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)