Except for the fact that her mother killed a man and hid his body in their house. And the fact that their house is haunted.
In fact, Piper’s house is almost a character in this creepy, thrill-filled contemporary horror story. It alternates between protecting and terrorizing Piper, sometimes locking her in, other times beating up the bullies in her life. It features stairs that lead nowhere and steaming pools of blood. In this house, the past and the present, the ordinary and the bizarre, all exist side-by-side.
Piper has been raised to accept her situation and not ask questions. Tired of passively taking what comes her way, she starts to investigate. She slowly learns that she and her family are trapped for all of eternity in the hundred year-old scheme of a madman, and she is the only one who can save them.
Author Cortney Pearson has pulled out all the stops in PHOBIC, her first novel. Piper’s high school life (including her hot potential boyfriend) are just as fully realized as the demonic history of her home and family. The story goes back and forth effortlessly between the normal and the twisted, the sane and the lunatic, the expected and the unthinkable.
I read this book fast, with a pumping heart. Expect cliff hangers and cold chills. Don’t expect to get much sleep! Highly recommended.