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Saturday, May 30, 2015

(42)Close to Home by Lisa Jackson

Sarah McAdams is moving her two daughters to the home she fought for so long to get away from years ago.   She is recently divorced and there wasn't really anything left for her in Vancouver.  When her boss starts creepily making advances she knows it is time to go, but she isn't sure her family home on the shores of Oregon's Columbia river is much better.   The family home, Blue Peacock Manner, has a reputation of being creepy at best and haunted at worst. As  Sarah and her two daughters, Jade (17) and Gracie (12) try to settle into the dilapidated house news of a missing teen girl makes it way to the remote house.  Everybody at school is talking about it and then another teen girl goes missing. Sarah is concerned about the missing girls, but gets distracted with her own family drama.  Old secrets come to light and Sarah realizes that what she thought was the truth is not and does her family history have anything to do with the girls who have gone missing?
Close to Home was another treadmill book. It was a distracting way to pass the time, but I think I would have probably given up on it had not not been an audio book.  There were elements that I liked, the haunted house aspect of the story.  And I did like the way it ended.  But there were other parts of the story that were so cliche that I physically rolled my eyes.  The story-line of Jade's father for example.  As cliche as they come.  It was the architecture of Blue Peacock Manor that drew me to the story and I was not disappointed.  Gothic, majestic, and completely haunted.

Bottom line - While Close to Home was not may favorite book of the year, it was a satisfactory distraction for the treadmill.