Hill House by Blair Howard
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (330 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Rose
For more than ten years, she lay beneath the floorboards of Hill House. For more than ten years, she waited. Who was she? Who put her there? Why? Harry Starke vows to find the answers to those questions, but to do so he must embark upon an investigation that will put him and those close to him in deadly danger, take him deep into the underground city, the Dark Web, murder, organized crime, prostitution, and human trafficking. One by one, he peels back the layers, and with each one, he sinks a little deeper into the morass, the seamy underbelly of a world few know of, and even fewer want to be a part of. Hill House has many doors. None of them lead anywhere but into darkness and despair.
This is the third in the Harry Starke series, but no worries if you haven’t read the first two. The author promises that this is a fully standalone book, and he delivers on that pledge. There are undercurrents of relationships I think would be more fully understood had one read the other two (an interesting jealousy/understanding dichotomy between Kate and Amanda, for one).
Hill House is a very plot driven book. The author doesn’t spend a lot of time on the characters and their personalities, but they are not stock characters either. They each have their way of doing things. The romance lover in me was a little nonplussed by some of the actions, but that was probably because of the unfamiliarity with the characters’ history as mentioned before.
I loved the mystery of the book, though, and that’s completely solid and standalone. The solution of the mystery caught me off-guard, which doesn’t often happen to me when I read mysteries, so kudos to the author for that. Now I have to go back and reread the book to see if I missed any clues—after I read the first two books that is!
Good job, Mr. Howard, and I look forward to putting you on my list of auto-buys!