Review: Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy M. Reade

Author: Amy M. Reade
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 224
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 4 Stars
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“You are not wanted here. Go away from Hallstead Island or you will be very sorry you stayed.”

Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

Elizabeth's Thoughts
I really enjoyed the book. I loved the twists and turns and dark secrets revealed in the story. I love reading these kinds of books because I always enjoy puzzling out the mysteries as the story goes along to see if I’m correct at the end. I also enjoyed the history of Boldt Castle and the Thousand Islands areas that were featured in the story. I ended up Googling all the places mentioned to get a feel for what the characters experienced.

I think the reader should experience the mystery for themselves so I won’t mention any details about it but I wished there was more development in the relationship between Macy and Pete, the boat captain/handyman. They had some holding hands and kissing moments but I didn’t feel any chemistry between the couple; the focus of the story is solely on Macy and Alex’s relationship and discovering who the murder(s) are. This was an exciting slow-building mystery that had me on the edge of my seat. It’s also a promising start for this debut author.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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