NetGalley Review: Amity by Micol Ostow

         EgmontUSA To Be Released Aug. 26, 2014         368 Pages
To Be Released Aug. 26, 2014
368 Pages

* I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Inspired by the true events of Amityville house; Gwen has moved into Amity with her family because of a embarrassing breakdown in her former home town. 10 years before Connor moved into Amity with his family to lay low from nosy town-folks.

Gwen and Connor go through a series of is it real or is it a dream for 28 days before the house decides their fate.

This book is not a retelling of the Amityville horror. The actual event isn’t mentioned at all through this book and it implies that there was a bigger evil that comes out every 10 years.

It started off well enough but half way through the book it fell badly and fast. Disappointed isn’t even the word because the author was being compared to Stephen King.

What I liked about the book was the two different point of views and how Gwen and Connor were connected beyond the fact that they lived in the same house. Both of them were considered “crazy.” Gwen before the move thought she had mind powers and apparently acted on it. Her mother thought she was crazy and was constantly walking on egg shells throughout the book. Her brother also kept belittling her feelings which was annoying.

Connor was actually crazy. 1: If you see a decomposing corpse through the window and smile at AND put your hand to touch it without freaking out . . .  something is wrong. To be honest the only thing that was stopping Connor from going full blown into the house was his sister whom he had a pretty cool relationship with.

What I didn’t like about the book was it was boring. The author told the story day by day and although she skipped a few days there was no real substance to keep the book flowing like a horror book. There was a lot of implied ghost encounters and when there was an encounter there was no reaction. Gwen was in denial and Connor was like oh well that is normal.

Overall this book gets 2 Pickles.

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