HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS by Robert Liparulo

Thomas Nelson Publishers

What a great book! I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Although written for young adults, it can be enjoyed by any age – although it might prove a bit scary for children.

When dad gets a new job, the King family moves from L.A. to a very small town in northern California. Adjustment is difficult for the family. Leaving their friends behind, they move into a very large and creepy Victorian house in the middle of the deep dark woods. Is there any wonder that mystery awaits? Strange sounds, a stranger wandering the house leaving huge footprints, doorways that lead to… I don’t want to give away the good stuff. You just have to read it!

Although published by Thomas Nelson, known for their Christian books, this could not in any way be considered religious fiction. There is nothing spiritual about the story line and the family never mentions praying or depending on God for help. That was somewhat disappointing to me. However, I did appreciate the wonderful family dynamics. Even with the normal sibling teasing and arguing, Xander, David and Toria have a close and loving relationship with each other and with their parents. In a time when we are bombarded with dysfunctional relationships, it is refreshing to read about a family that actually loves one another and isn’t afraid to show it.

There is, however, a secret that comes back to haunt the King family and puts them in grave danger. The secret is not revealed until the end of the book, paving the way for a great series. The end is a cliffhanger, so be prepared to look for the next book in the Dreamhouse Kings series. The back cover says that “Robert Liparulo’s adult thrillers have received rave reviews.” Having read House of Dark Shadows, I can believe it and am looking forward to reading them.


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