Thursday, July 09, 2015

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

Ben Tierney has moved his family from New York City to the upstate village of Swannhaven, hoping to keep them together.  His wife Caroline was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after the birth of their second child, and their oldest son Charlie has been the victim of bullies.  The Tierneys buy the Crofts, an old estate that dates back to Revolutionary times and plan to open a bed and breakfast.  It seems a perfect life, and Ben has ties to the community that gives them an in with the small town residents - his grandmother grew up in Swannhaven.

As the family begins to renovate the house and settle into small town life, Charlie is spending more and more time out in the woods, alone.  Or is he alone?  Ben starts to find mutilated animal corpses around the property, but even more disturbing are told accounts of what the locals call the Winter Siege.  In 1777, the Iroquois attacked, the village residents took refuge in the Crofts, and something very dark happened that's left a legacy of death that haunted the Swann family for over 200 years, and now threatens Ben's perfect life.

House of Echoes is rich in atmosphere and suspense, and will appeal to fans of old fashioned haunted house tales.  It also has an early Stephen King feel to it.  If you like stories of creepy houses in small towns, you might also try Chris Bohjalian's The Night Strangers.

1 comment:

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Early Stephen King sounds right up my alley. I just finished Misery and loved it, will check this one out.