The House of Little Bones: Beverley Lee
Reviewed by Yvonne Miller
The House of Little Bones was an alluring and eerie story that is perfect for Halloween. Beverley Lee is an author with superlative skills. Boy, can Lee write a perfect combination between fear and plot-driven narrative. This is a story that reminded me why the novella can be hard-hitting and attention-grabbing. Although it’s in a smaller format than the novel, the action has more impact and leaves you reading just one more chapter. A house built on hallowed ground. A scandalous relationship that needs to be shut down. An abusive father-son relationship. A brutal inevitability.
Luca and David are two lovers that are doomed from the very start. David, a fifty-year-old renowned author has been caught on camera engaging in a relationship with his long-time friend and publisher’s son, Luca. It doesn’t sound like some major transgression but it’s the last thing that he needs to get out. His publisher, Charles makes it abundantly clear that he needs to end it with his son otherwise he’s finished. He wants to yell back at him but his selfish side wants to preserve his career. Charles will stop at nothing to ensure his empire is left unmarred from scandal.
Luca has an appalling relationship with his father. He has never measured up to his expectations and this just feels like another nail in the proverbial coffin. He has been living in his father’s shadow for too long and just wants to step out on his own. He doesn’t want to take over his father’s empire and he wants to love his choice of person, not who is acceptable to his family. He’s never really felt love or affection from one of the people that should love him unconditionally. You can feel Luca’s desolate and saddened state of mind and I found myself feeling who he was emotionally.
I slipped through the pages and became immersed in a world that provided the threatening edge slipping into my peripheral vision. The worldbuilding was exquisite and I could feel myself zoning out, standing on the edge of the moors, hearing a distant owl shrieking at its prey in the dead of night. The fog rolling in, making me blind temporarily. A figure in the distance, struggling to decipher what is fiction and what is reality. It’s a true talent to be able to transport your reader into the midst of suffering. I was listening and I was enraptured. I fell within the pages. It felt like a magnetic force pulling me inwards. I couldn’t refuse…I didn’t want to.
The House of Little Bones isn’t a pretty read, it’s brutal and displays the many nuances of the human condition. The characters could have been anyone, your neighbours, your family, a son. It was real, it was emotive, and they take the reader on a journey of self-discovery, consequences, and a love that is painful. It is a deeply addictive read. Steeped in brutality, courage, and a deep need to do the right thing. It’s an emotional punch to the jugular.
The House Of Little Bones
He thought he was untouchable.
David Lansdown, esteemed British horror writer and supernatural sceptic, is used to basking in the glow of the press…
Until a hastily snapped photo hits the headlines and makes his affair with his publisher’s son public.
When David finds himself at Bone Hollow, a house with a glass wall overlooking a wild and desolate moor, his only concern is writing his next best seller to bury his misdeeds in the past.
But something stirs beneath the earth. Something bound to the land. Something determined to take everything from him.
Luca Fox-Waite is still in love with the man who cast him aside, but his own childhood demons lurk in his shadow. As he discovers more about Bone Hollow’s history, he finds himself ensnared in its story—a story steeped in time and tragedy.
Because curses lie in bones, and they do not die.
The House of Little Bones is a tale of avarice, adoration, and of how the sins of the past cling to the living as well as the dead.
Well, what can I say about myself? I’m a 33-year-old married woman and mum to 3 crazy boys, aged 13,6 and 4. My eldest has a genetic condition that causes a visual impairment so as you can imagine life can be very chaotic and provides many challenges along the way but I would 100% never change any of them. They fulfil my life beyond measure.
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