Book Review | The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Summary: For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy, until her mother’s death sends Sarah spiraling into depression. When she overdoses on sleeping pills, Sarah insists it was an accident, but neither Patrick nor their teenage children believe her.

Determined to give their family a fresh start, Patrick convinces her to move back to the idyllic beachside home where he grew up. But there’s a catch: The once-beautiful old house is now known as the Murder House. It has been standing empty for fifteen years, ever since another family was brutally slaughtered within its walls. Nostalgic for his childhood, Patrick is adamant that this can be their “dream home” again.

Sarah tries to bring it back to its original warmth, but as locals hint that the house is haunted, the children begin having nightmares, strange writing appears on the walls, and creepy “gifts” suddenly arrive on the doorstep at odd hours. With the news that the murderer has been paroled, Sarah can’t shake the feeling that something just isn’t right. Not with the house, not with the town, not even with her own loving husband — whose stories about his perfect childhood suddenly aren’t adding up.

Can Sarah uncover the secrets of the Murder House before another family is destroyed?

Rating: ⭐⭐1/2

My Thoughts: This book was way too predictable and nothing new or fresh. I have read similar books like this and was hoping for something different with this one.

Sarah has zero character development and she isn’t very smart. It seems like she just does the same thing over and over and cannot realize what is happening. She is in denial or maybe imagines it’s not actually happening?

“I’m not sure this house has ever been as wonderful as your dad remembers.” -Sarah

Patrick is awful straight from the beginning. He treats Sarah like trash. I am not sure why she even agreed to move with the way he treats her.

I was hoping for a haunted house type story and I wish this was it, but it wasn’t.

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