Book Review: The Good House by Tananarive Due

I think publishers feel if you add ghost or voodoo in your book it will be called horror. *Shakes head*

    Simon & Schuster  Published Aug 25, 2003           597 Pages

Simon & Schuster
Published Aug 25, 2003
597 Pages

Angela Toussaint has some history with her late grandmother’s home dubbed the “Good House” by townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington.  But although she grew up there she hasn’t been to the home in two years because her son committed suicide at the Fourth of July party.  

Convinced by her good friend, she goes back to the house to decide if she will sell it or not.  Now to say freaky things happen is a very loose sentence because nothing OMG really happens. Yes, her friend’s dog goes missing and her friend sleeps walk to sleep down in the cellar where her son died but other than for most of the book nothing is horror like.

The biggest issue I had with the book was there was no connection between Angela and the house or even her grandmother for that matter. She didn’t know the secrets of the house; she didn’t even know how to make her grandmother’s famous tea. It was as if she knew nothing of her grandmother and she wasn’t even curious to know. It was like how can that house have all that history and you know nothing about it. The townspeople knew more down to the specific detail.

Another issue I had was the author kept throwing in the death of Angela’s mother but there was no real explanation as to why she died.  This felt like it was thrown in there to add more appeal to the character; she had to live without her mother. But to be honest it seems like it didn’t even affect her. She is not holding scars as much as other characters or even a person in reality would.

But despite that the book had a great build up. I was really into it until chapter 18 and nothing was really going on but a lot of run around. Another good thing about the book is the author switched point of views. For instance, you were able to see the events leading up to Angela’s son’s death and you were able to see where this evil came from through the grandmother’s eyes. Oddly enough I didn’t feel it was misplaced or random; it fit.

Overall I thought the book was a decent read. There should have been more horror more spells more secrets because in all honestly there wasn’t any. I give this book a 6 out of 10. Great start but fell short.

 

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

 

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