A Dead Guy At The Summerhouse by @MarianAllen #horror #review

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A Dead Guy At The Summerhouse

Written by Marian Allen

Genre(s): Horror

"It was 1968. Like a lot of seventeen-year-old males that summer, I was thinking about death. Not Bobby Kennedy's or Martin Luther King's. I was contemplating my own. I could feel my eighteenth birthday looming and I had to wonder if I'd spend my nineteenth in Vietnam, in Canada, in jail, or in the Great Hereafter. It was nearly the last mentioned, and not at the hands of the VC, either. I came this close to having my goozle slit right here at home in good old nothing-ever-happens Faelin, Indiana."

Mitch Franklin thinks he's got it made when the town's wealthiest eccentric hires him to look after her two lapdogs. Then he meets her family. Five years ago, the last guy she hired played head games the family and servants are still trying to recover from. He also wound up dead. Now, some people think Mitch might be just like him. Some people think Mitch might BE him, back from the grave. Will Mitch survive the anniversary of his predecessor's death, or will he be another DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE?

Moonwalker's Review

A Thoroughly Fun Read

This book is a thoroughly fun read, It tells the story of 18 year old Mitch Franklin, an orphan. He's chosen initially to look after an elderly rich woman's two dogs, but he ends up looking after much more than that. One of the other servants thinks he's someone he isn't, then it comes to the point that he doesn't know who he is, either. Then in the end, the reader isn't sure if Mitch Franklin is really himself or not. Sound confusing? It is, but it's also hilarious and surprising, and creepy, and full of suspense. There are times you think it's a love story, and it is, in a way, depending on your definition of love. 

It's a murder mystery, too. It's so full of twists and turns, that you don't really know what to believe at an given time - and that's the problem. The plot tries to eat its own tale, in spots. It goes backwards and forwards, then shifts into the middle without warning. I had to really pay attention, which isn't a bad thing, really, but the minute I stopped paying attention I had to go back a chapter or two to figure out where I lost the plot. It is worth reading, though. I like it a lot.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.