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A Dead Guy at the Summerhouse Paperback – October 13, 2014
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A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMER HOUSE was a strange and compelling listen. It falls under the horror genre but it was also a psychological thriller. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I liked it and found myself drawn in and couldn't turn it off. Mitch unknowingly begins working for and living with a family of what appear to be kooks who hold a dark secret from the past until the truth comes out. It was a good, dark story written by MARIAN ALLEN.
BRYANT SULLIVAN was the perfect narrator for this audiobook. At first I was drawn back by his pace and the tension in his voice but I soon realized that it was pertinent to the story. He did an excellent job portraying the characters and the situation of the protagonist.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
I love Marian Allen's books, and this one is no exception. I'd dock it a half star only because it's sometimes a little challenging to keep all the players straight without a scorecard. But I imagine that's just how the main character, Mitch, feels half the time - going from the routine he's always known at the orphanage to the eccentricity of a wealthy household full of extended family members and a few household servants who are treated much like family. I'd add that star back, though, for unexpected twists and turns, and a cast of characters you can't help but love (often in spite of themselves).
The plot twists and turns in Marian Allen's latest work will keep you guessing to the end, once you, along with poor Mitch, have untangled the relationships between the various characters!
I read the whole book in one sitting, unable to put it down.
If you love a mystery you'll love this, as you take Mitch's journey through family complications alongside him. Who to trust? Should he stay or go?