The Corruption Of Alston House: John Quick
Reviewed By Miranda Crites
I couldn’t wait to dive into The Corruption Of Alston House when it was offered for review. I love haunted house stories!
Katherine has bought Alston House with minimal information. She hasn’t seen the house and doesn’t know the surroundings or the people. She’s is trading her normal city life routine for small-town living. It’s a fresh start in an attempt to leave her wounded past behind her, start painting again, and to build her future.
The huge, three-story Victorian house needs a lot of work, but it all seems doable and worth it. Similar to the house, Katherine has her own flaws. They both have a scarred past. They both need work.
Kat’s past isn’t the only place where ghosts live. Not long after she moves into her new house, she discovers the house isn’t as quiet as it should be. She’s not really alone.
“…he said Alston House was not a good place…”
It turns out the Alston House isn’t only rumored to be the local haunted house, but a few people in this small town know the dark secrets of the house and of its previous owners, and once she starts to uncover some of the truth, they come for Katherine.
This is the first book I’ve read by John Quick, and I will definitely read more of his work. I felt like I was pulled right into this story more than I was on the outside reading it. I was right there in the room with the characters. I like to think I’m brave, but Katherine was braver. I wanted to grab her by the arm and tell her not to go down to the basement to check out things. She didn’t listen to my pleas and went anyway which then made my bladder tingle.
Overall, I loved this book, but I did feel like the ending was slightly too abrupt or maybe a little bit too easy.
Thanks to Silver Shamrock Publishing for the review copy!
The Corruption Of Alston House
Katherine’s life has been on a downhill turn, filled with tragedy and heartbreak. When she bought Alston House in the small Tennessee town of Poplar Bend, she hoped it would be the chance to turn things around, center herself again, and get serious about her art. True, it was a risk buying a house virtually sight unseen through the internet, but she knew it needed some extensive renovations, so what could go wrong?
What the real estate agent never told her was that Alston House had a history that was among the darkest secrets in the small town. As Katherine begins to put her life back together following her dream as a painter, she discovers there is more here than meets the eye. One of the home’s former residents never left, even after death, and now he seems to have set his sights on her.
Can she uncover the darkness at the heart of the town and overcome her personal ghosts, or will she become one more victim to the town’s hidden hearts?
Miranda Crites is a reader, writer, book reviewer, photographer, and lover of horror from the ghostly woods of rural West Virginia.
The writing bug bit Miranda at a very early age. She was pretty much born with a pen and a camera in her hands. She won the young writers’ contest in first grade and received her first camera as a gift when she was nine years old.
When not writing, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family. She and her family spend a lot of time off the grid where they are building a cabin in the supposedly haunted woods.
Miranda is self-employed. She and her husband create large and small vinyl decals, t-shirts, signs, and a plethora of creative customized items.
Some of her many hobbies when time allows are: making unique crafts and artwork, painting, hiking, and, of course, photography.
She has a diploma for Writing for Children and Teenagers although most of her current work is horror fiction and poetry.
Miranda is a member of Team Kendall Reviews at www.KendallReviews.com where you can find her horror book reviews and her monthly feature, Miranda Snaps, which generally contains horror fiction and photography.
Miranda is one of “The Thirty,” which is a group of thirty authors who are each taking a turn in writing a chapter of an in-progress horror novel.
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