Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey #bookreview #suspense #paranormal

“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories — she’s come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there.

Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back, and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?

There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them, and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.

The house dripping blood on the cover first grabbed my attention, but the creepy description made me request this book. A serial killer and a possible ghost?

Vera’s mother is dying and asks her to come home. They’re estranged and for good reason – Daphne is a horrible person and doesn’t deserve to be a mother. Through two timelines, one in the present and one in the past, the reader discovers just how terrible she was to Vera when she was a child. Her father was a serial killer and without going into too much detail, let’s just say it’s had an adverse effect on Vera’s life in more ways than one. Talk about being cursed with bad parents.

From the description I assumed this would be a dark read. And it is. Some parts are brutal and disturbing, but the story is about a serial killer so that’s to be expected. What surprised me was the slow pace – almost a snail’s pace at times. I listened to the audiobook ARC, but if I’d had an ebook ARC instead I probably would have skimmed several pages.

The notes Vera finds in her father’s handwriting and whatever it is that keeps moving her bed are delightfully macabre, but the story takes a turn I never suspected. And it’s a good one. Just Like Home is a twisted tale of toxic family dynamics with a few surprises along the way. Just be prepared for the darkness.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

22 thoughts on “Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey #bookreview #suspense #paranormal

  1. The house dripping blood definitely got my attention. This sounds like a good read, despite the slow pace. A horrible mother and serial killer father do not make for a happy childhood. 🙂 Now I want to know who is leaving the notes and what secrets the house holds. Thanks for sharing, Teri!

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  2. I think that with a dark theme like that, the slow pace at times are necessary to give more depth to the story and to allow the reader to take a breath. But then, I haven’t read it, so maybe I’d skim it too.
    It does sound like a gripping story though.

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    1. That’s what surprised me, Cassie. I could have moved along a little quicker with an ebook, but the audiobook made it difficult. Still, it’s an eerie story that may have you looking under your bed at night.


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