Book Review: The Restoration by J.H. Moncrieff

I have been big on the haunted house trail lately, but this must be the creepiest one yet.


It was the perfect opportunity…or so she thought. When Terri Foxworth is hired to spend a year restoring a crumbling manor house, she believes she’s hit the jackpot. She moves in with her young daughter and high hopes for the project’s success. As the restoration begins to go terribly wrong, she realizes dark forces won’t let her leave the house until its horrible secrets are revealed.

This job could very well be the death of her.

The Restoration Book Cover


There were two reasons I knew I would enjoy The Restoration before I even read the first page. For one, I loved City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff. Secondly, this book is based on the author’s real-life experience in a haunted house.

And how did I know this was a great book afterwards? It gave me nightmares! In many books based on haunted houses, it is usually the description of the house that is most creepy. However, you just can’t beat Niles to make the hair stand on the back of your neck. Who is Niles? Well, you will have to read the book to find out.

Despite this sounding like a straight-forward haunted house story, it goes a bit deeper. For one, you really don’t know which of the characters to trust. Secondly, the relationship between Terri and her daughter is complicated and provides an interesting element to the book.

The house can be seen as a character in itself. Always watching, waiting, it’s dark corners eluding discomfort and danger. It’s why haunted house stories are always a hit.

Want to read The Restoration in time for Halloween? Pick up your copy here.


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