Book Review: The House That Fell From the Sky by Patrick R. Delaney

Are you a fan of haunted houses? The one that fell from the sky will send a tingle down your spine.

Goodreads Blurb

The House That Fell From the Sky by Patrick R. Delaney

When twenty-nine-year-old Scarlett Vantassel comes to the conclusion that her life doesn’t resemble any of the things she actually wanted for herself, she drops out of school and moves back home, attempting to reconnect with the people she left behind. But a shadow falls over her return one early October morning when a sinister house miraculously appears in the center of the city, sparking a media frenzy that attracts attention nationwide.

Soon after the newspapers label it, “The House that Fell from the Sky,” Scarlett’s childhood friend Hannah becomes obsessed with the idea that the house holds the key to discovering whether there really is life after death. Undeterred by her friends’ numerous warnings, Hannah becomes increasingly consumed with the desire to enter the house, convinced it would allow her to reconnect with her recently deceased mother.

Despite a series of escalating events suggesting that the house may be more dangerous than anyone ever thought possible, a privately owned company seizes control of the property and hosts a lottery to lure the city’s residents, promising the winners a large cash reward if they dare to enter the house.

To Scarlett’s horror, Hannah uses her vast wealth to secure a spot among the winners to gain access to the house. Now, it’s up to Scarlett, her older brother Tommy, and her friend Jackson to face their fears and journey into a place where nothing is ever quite as it seems, and decide if they can help a friend in need, or if Hannah truly is lost. \

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Review

Who doesn’t love a good haunted house story? (I’m just living for the launch of The Haunting of Bly Manor). The House That Fell From the Sky gives a new twist to the genre. This is not your typical haunted house; it’s filled with complexities and, for the most part of the story, the characters can’t even get in! But when they do enter the house they are mind boggled. We, as readers, can really sense the confusion and fear of the four friends thanks to the author’s vivid descriptions and ability to build mystery and tension. I’m sure glad I never had to set foot in there!

The sad thing for me was, that while the premise of The House That Fell From the Sky showed promise, I personally wasn’t able to engage with the book. I think this mostly had to do with the characters. I found them underdeveloped and immature. Without the blurb, I would have assumed them teenagers and not in their late twenties. Admittedly, I did find the story itself a bit dragged out too with no real action until the end.

However, that’s just my word. I’ve read many reviews on Goodreads where the person really enjoyed The House That Fell From the Sky. So, if haunted houses really are your thing, I’d recommend heading over there first rather than taking my little ol’ review at face value.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

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