Synopses & Reviews
Here is a house of ruin and rage, of death and deliverance.
Here is where I live, not living.
Here is always mine.
When Connor's family moves to Amity, a secluded house on the peaceful banks of New England's Concord River, his nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons. destruction, and revenge. Dreams he kind of likes. Dreams he could make real, with Amity's help.
Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start. Instead, she's haunted by lurid visions, disturbing voices, and questions about her own sanity. But with her history, who would ever believe her? And what could be done if they did?
Because Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a violent end as she's done before. As she'll do again. And again. And again.
Inspired by a true-crime story, Amity spans generations to weave an overlapping, interconnected tale of terror, insanity, danger, and death.
"Ostow evokes classic Stephen King with this disturbing story that sees two families terrorized by a malevolent house with a bloody history (loosely inspired by the Amityville Horror). Supernatural and psychological horrors intertwine as the stories unfold over the course of two separate months. Ten years in the past, Connor Webb is haunted by dark dreams of murder and mayhem, pushed to the breaking point by his abusive father and held back only by his twin sister, Jules. In the present, Gwen Hall fears for her brother Luke's sanity, but her own psychological instability undermines her credibility and ability to cope. As the centuries-old house known as Amity calls to each in turn and manipulates them, their stories seem destined to end in bloodshed and tragedy. Ostow (family) skillfully builds tension and keeps readers guessing about how much is real and what's simply in her characters' minds. While the storytelling is steeped in atmosphere and punctuated by unsettling imagery, the voices of the dual narratives are too similar, and the abrupt ending a bit of a letdown. Ages 14 up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Calling to mind that Stephen King feeling, Ostow brings the most horrifying house in the world to life with chilling intimacy." Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die
“Heart-stopping and chilling — Amity will haunt you long after the last page.” Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times best-selling author Unbreakable & coauthor of Beautiful Creatures
"With Amity, Micol Ostow reawakens old horrors for a new generation. A frightening tale spun with magic and real chills. Highly recommended." Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Rot & Ruin and V-Wars
About the Author
Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. She started her reign of terror with Egmont with her novel family
, which Elizabeth Burns named a favorite of 2012 on her School Library Journal
-syndicated blog, A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea Cozy. Micol's graphic novel, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother)
, was named a 2009 Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth Selection, a Booklist
Top Ten Religion Books for Youth Selection, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and currently teaches a popular young-adult writing workshop through MediaBistro.com.
She lives and works in New York City, alongside her Emmy Award-winning husband, their daughter, and a finicky French bulldog. Visit her at www.micolostow.com. The author lives in Brooklyn, NY.