Book Review | Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Summary: She didn’t run from her dark past. She moved in.

For the lucky among us, life is what you make of it; but for Dixie Wheeler, the theme music for her story was chosen by another long ago, on the day her father butchered her mother and brothers and then slashed a knife across his own throat. Only one-year-old Dixie was spared, becoming infamously known as Baby Blue for the song left playing in the aftermath of the slaughter.

Twenty-five years later, Dixie is still desperate for a connection to the family she can’t remember. So when her childhood home goes up for sale, Dixie sets aside all reason and moves in. But as the ghosts of her family seemingly begin to take up residence in the house that was once theirs, Dixie starts to question her sanity and wonders if the evil force menacing her is that of her father or a demon of her own making.

In order to make sense of her present, Dixie becomes determined to unravel the truth of her past and seeks out the detective who originally investigated the murders. But the more she learns, the more she opens up the uncomfortable possibility that the sins of her father may belong to another. As bodies begin to pile up around her, Dixie must find a way to expose the lunacy behind her family’s massacre to save her few loved ones who are still alive — and whatever scrap of sanity she has left.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts: This book was insane, but in a good way. Dixie is crazy. I honestly think she needs a bit of help. But, her crazy was good for this book. There wasn’t really a character in this book that I liked. They were all kind of bad in their own way, but again, it worked for this book.

I liked all the slasher vibes, due to the original murder of Dixie’s family. That theme continued throughout and was written very well. I wasn’t much of a fan of the haunted house vibes, it seemed like too many tropes for this story, however; when we find out everything at the end — it makes a little more sense.

I was able to figure out the truth before it was revealed, but not the reason behind it.

All in all, a good spooky season read.

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