Something’s not right in Beach Haven.
Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.
After her alcoholic mother’s death, Jen’s father cracked. He dragged Jen to a dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to start their new lives—but Jen can tell that the place has an unhappy history. She can feel it the same way she can feel her anger flowing out of her, affecting the world in strange ways she can’t explain.
But Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Visions of a strange boy who lived in the house long ago follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.
What I liked best: An easy read, that definitely fills the thriller ghostly genre. Harmony house is that fun book you curl up under a blanket with a flashlight kind of read. Nic Sheff does a good job crafting the story and getting the reader fully immersed in the plot. Every little detail is important, even when you think they are unimportant, they give clues to what is happening in the story. I like that the author seems to have placed everything in the story for a specific reason.
What left me wanting more: Personally, I would have loved to feel more of a connection with the characters. But, when thinking about my favorite horror stories and movies, I don't think I form those connections. I love a good horror flick, but if I get too connected I end up hiding under the covers upstairs in bed. Keeping that separation allows me to enjoy the suspense, get my adrenaline pumping. Then I am able to put the book down take a deep sigh and not have to worry about looking around each corner. It's why I love certain horror stories more than others. I need that separation.