Book Review: September House by Carrisa Orlando

 Book review on Carissa Orlando's upcoming release, September House.

Title: The September House

By: Carissa Orlando

Genre: Horror

Pages: 336

Release Date: September 5th, 2023

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

A woman is determined to stay in her dream home even after it becomes a haunted nightmare in this compulsively readable, twisty, and layered debut novel.

When Margaret and her husband Hal bought the large Victorian house on Hawthorn Street—for sale at a surprisingly reasonable price—they couldn’t believe they finally had a home of their own. Then they discovered the hauntings. Every September, the walls drip blood. The ghosts of former inhabitants appear, and all of them are terrified of something that lurks in the basement. Most people would flee.

Margaret is not most people.

Margaret is staying. It’s her house. But after four years Hal can’t take it anymore, and he leaves abruptly. Now, he’s not returning calls, and their daughter Katherine—who knows nothing about the hauntings—arrives, intent on looking for her missing father. To make things worse, September has just begun, and with every attempt Margaret and Katherine make at finding Hal, the hauntings grow more harrowing, because there are some secrets the house needs to keep.


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If this book isn't made into a movie, I will be so mad.

Carissa Orlando had me glued to the pages with her dark story of ghosts and murder. There were so many layers within these pages. I found myself wondering if the main character Margaret was going crazy, or was it something else. Usually I can figure out the plot long before the end of the book, but this read had me guessing the whole time.
Margaret seemed to be a super sweet character who drove the story forward with how easy it was for her to brush her situation under the rug and hide the ghostly happenings from those who entered the home. This quiet demeanor kept me off guard as the story climaxed. Wonderful!

I loved the scene when the priest opened the basements door and his whole mouth filled with flies. It was truly disgusting and frankly awesome.  

This book deserves 6 stars, but since I'm only allowed to give 5 out of 5 stars, that is what you get. Loved this book and can't wait to see what else Orlando has for me.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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