The House on Maple Street Paperback – November 16, 2019
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From the Back Cover
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1734301414
- ISBN-13 : 978-1734301410
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.46 x 9 inches
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Publisher : Bowker Identifier Services (November 16, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,822,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I also very much enjoyed the cover art work which gives a vivid and satisfying image of The House. Beautiful .
I look forward to more work from this author.
Settling in with the other boarders came easily, but she avoided Keith, the landlord. Evelyn, an older woman that actually worked at the college Hillary was to attend, is diving into the layers of the history of the Maple Street home and shares the fascinating facts with the other boarders. Dr. Immerman also works at the college as head of the history department. Then there was Robert. Hillary met him on the day she moved in and became infatuated with the handsome man who seemed rather shy. He doesn’t join them for dinner in the evening and, as a matter of fact, none of the other tenants have seen or talked to him. In addition to the boarders, Beatrice takes care of the home. She cooks and cleans for them and is related to Keith, the landlord.
Shortly after moving in, Hillary encounters a woman and her young son in the home. Apparently, Keith has a family. Sadly, Hillary overhears the fights and sounds of abuse from Keith’s rooms. No one else seems to know anything about it but she is determined to help, even if it puts her in danger.
The House on Maple Street on the surface is a well-done mystery. As the pages unfold, the reader is pulled into a story that is multi-layered with a delightfully surprising ending. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was surprised to find out I was totally wrong even though all the clues were there for me to see. Kudos to Ms. Slowinski for creating an unexpectedly spectacular twist in the final chapter.
This is the first book written by Ms. Slowinski. It is exciting to find a new author that jumps out of the gate to lead the pack. I highly recommend The House on Maple Street. This fast-paced book engages the reader immediately and is a must read for anyone who loves a mystery.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman
One of the most important rules of writing is show don't tell. This story was nearly all telling and very little showing. I found myself skipping several pages just so I could get to the resolution. There didn't seem to be any purpose for any of the characters to be there. Literally every character is no more than a plot point--no character development--no backstory--nada. The epilogue completely ruined what little this story had going for it by revealing that all the characters were made up by the narrator. We already knew we were reading fiction--to end it by saying it was all in the narrator's imagination added nothing to the story but completely undoes everything that came before it. It is like completing a tapestry, and then when you get done unraveling the whole thing because oops, you suddenly decided to make a throw rug instead.
I stayed with this boring story in hopes of getting to an interesting conclusion that never came.
I only gave it one star because it has potential to be a compelling mystery. Basically though, it's like the author showed you a beautiful cake in the bakery window, took your money, and instead of giving you the cake, chopped it up and threw it in the garbage.
Hillary is an interesting character in a way where her personality really shines once she meets the other housemates, especially when she meets Keith, the landlord.
The story does expand on each person who lives in that house. It also has paranormal content, twists and turns in the plot that keeps the reader intrigued. The house is haunted, and the ending was spectacularly written.
The pace of the story was fast. I particularly liked that since it added to the intensity of the story and also expressed a more thrilling nature to the plotline.
The literature was very suitable for its genre. The content was detailed. I would recommend this book to people who like to read suspense stories and ghost material. The author has the potential to create good literature, and so I look forward to reading more from this author.
In the interim, Hillary gets acquainted with some of the other tenants. The old Victorian home was something else. It had a housekeeper and a cook, and it certainly presented a chilling atmosphere overall. What was so unsettling to Hillary?
The writing was pretty good, but the pace was a little slow. There’s definitely an allure of mystery as you settle into the story; however, it just seemed like we were waiting for something to happen. A great deal is put in trying to find the historical remnants of the house. I wish more mystery would’ve been emphasized instead of hearing so much about Hillary was writing about.
Overall, this was an okay read.