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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Agnes was raised in the house her father had lovingly built for her mother. Her mother insisted on keeping the house although she lived there alone now and was no longer capable of taking care of the place. With her mother in bad health she made the decision to move back home and talk her mother into selling the house so that they could move to a smaller one in town. However, things do not always go as planned. Her mother was in a nursing facility and may never come home again. She and the cat Patches would have to stay in the house alone for now. Agnes was frightened of the woods behind the house. The woods held bad memories for it was there that several teens were murdered. Agnes was sure that the killer was still alive. Was her mother hallucinating about the dead bodies in the woods? Or did she know something no one else did? As an added bonus Griffith offers the readers a short short story titled 'In This House'. I found it very enjoyable.
I read this book right before bedtime and decided I was too scared to go to sleep. Author Kathryn Meyer Griffith allows her story to tell itself without hype or the use of gimmicks. The tale slowly builds the atmosphere of fear. There are several characters who are creepy and possible suspects but none more than Herb. Then there is Mitch who’d been having dreams that she was in grave danger. Griffith skillfully draws on the supernatural in this tomb but she does so in a delicate way. If she is this good with a short story I’d love to see what she can do with a full length story.