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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Misery House is the first book of a planned trilogy of psychological thrillers by David Kummer. It's been decades since anything unusual happened in the humdrum town of New Haven. But that all changes the day George's departmental store shockingly burns down, with George and his son trapped inside it. While the prejudiced Sheriff Wheeler points his fingers at the Dawes family, Cliff Woods, a farmer, and his family unwittingly find themselves caught amidst an unexpected series of events. Unbeknownst to their children, Kaia and Nate, Cliff and his wife Naomi have a history with the abandoned house perched upon the hill, which contains evil inside it. When Kaia's best friend, Allison, goes missing, Kaia puts herself in mortal danger while trying to find her. Will her parents be able to save Kaia in time?
Filled with mystery, intrigue, and plenty of thrilling moments, The Misery House is an edge-of-the-seat psychological thriller that grabs you by the scruff of your neck, refusing to let go until the end. David Kummer delivers a stellar first installment to what promises to be a gripping trilogy of horror and suspense. The plot moves briskly, with well-placed curveballs that keep you from taking your eyes off the pages. The characters have layers to their outer personas, making them riveting to read. It is hinted that the Woods family has some past secrets that I hope will be explored in the later installments. Overall, a gem of a story for psychological horror and thriller aficionados.