In the Shadow of Spindrift House
Nature abhors a straight line. The natural world is a place of curves and softened edges, of gentle mists and welcoming spirals. Nature remembers deviation; nature does not forgive.
For Harlowe Upton-Jones, life has never been a straight line. Shipped off to live with her paternal grandparents after a mysterious cult killed her mother and father, she has grown up chasing the question behind the curve, becoming part of a tight-knit teen detective agency. But “teen” is a limited time offer, and when her friends start looking for adult professions, it’s up to Harlowe to find them one last case so that they can go out in a blaze of glory.
Welcome to Spindrift House.
The stories and legends surrounding the decrepit property are countless and contradictory, but one thing is clear: there are people willing to pay a great deal to determine the legal ownership of the house. When Harlowe and her friends agree to investigate the mystery behind the manor, they do so on the assumption that they’ll be going down in history as the ones who determined who built Spindrift House—and why. The house has secrets. They have the skills. They have a plan. They have everything they need to solve the mystery.
Everything they need except for time. Because Spindrift House keeps its secrets for a reason, and it has no intention of letting them go.
Nature abhors a straight line.
Here’s where the story bends.
I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but this book both was and wasn’t it. (Which is actually kind of fitting, now that I think about it…) I ADORE Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep and was hoping for some more sea-beastie filled horror from her. This one is more of a psychological thriller/horror than her killer mermaids books, and I’m not really into psychological thrillers, so it was a little “meh” for me. The set-up is this group of oddball friends who basically have formed their only little Scooby Gang to solve mysteries, and they’re going after one last big mystery (with a big payout), all for their own reasons. I just wanted to like it so much more than I actually did. I’m not sure what else to say. It was OK, but if there was a sequel I wouldn’t bother to read it.
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.