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The Good House: A Novelby Tananarive Due
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The home that belonged to Angela Toussaint's late grandmother is so beloved that townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington, call it the Good House. But that all changes one summer when an unexpected tragedy takes place behind its closed doors...and the Toussaint's family history — and future — is dramatically transformed.
Angela has not returned to the Good House since her son, Corey, died there two years ago. But now, Angela is finally ready to return to her hometown and go beyond the grave to unearth the truth about Corey's death. Could it be related to a terrifying entity Angela's grandmother battled seven decades ago? And what about the other senseless calamities that Sacajawea has seen in recent years? Has Angela's grandmother, an African American woman reputed to have "powers," put a curse on the entire community?
A thrilling exploration of secrets, lies, and divine inspiration, The Good House will haunt readers long after its chilling conclusion.
"Due keeps richly packed and layered description alive with lines of suspense laid through each marbled paragraph....Spread the good juju. Due weaves a stronger net than ever." Kirkus Reviews
"[A]n ambitious supernatural thriller....An ending that seems forced by an excess of sympathy for her characters is the only misstep in this haunting tale from a writer who grows better with each book." Publishers Weekly
"[A] gripping page turner full of blood, gore and horrifying death. And it's really scary....Due does a great job of building suspense and of terrifying the reader. If you don't want to be scared, don't read this during a thunderstorm. You'll regret it." Miami Herald
"The Good House will remain on my bookshelf as an unforgettable read. What with characters fashioning hex-breaking crosses out of discarded Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick bones, the imagery in the novel lingers." The Washington Post
"Stephen King virtually owns the creepiness of small-town America. What Due brings to this territory, in addition to her remarkable story-telling skills, are the sensibilities of an outsider." Seattle Times
"[A] cleverly plotted tale of possession and magic gone awry....A weak ending somewhat mars this great, old-fashioned, haunted-house story..." Library Journal
"Due is particularly adept at creating fully developed characters....Due doesn't just offer up a one-dimensional world of good and evil: We get the worst and best of African sorcery as well as the best and worst of an American small town." St. Petersburg Times
Award-winning author Due's spine tingling tale of supernatural suspense "weaves a stronger net than ever" (<>Kirkus Reviews") as a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from the forces of evil.
About the Author
Tananarive Due is a former feature writer and columnist for the Miami Herald and the author of The Living Blood, My Soul to Keep, The Between, and a historical novel, The Black Rose. A former lifelong Floridian, she now lives in Longview, Washington, with her husband, novelist Steven Barnes.
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