Book Review: The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

the house on foster hill jaime jo wright book review

The synopsis on the back of the book:

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. 
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--
including her own--are lost?

  • Genre: Christian Mystery/Suspense
  • Published: 11/2017
  • Pages: 364
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.02
the house on foster hill jaime jo wright book review
I washed the weather and the journey from my face and hands, and went out to the memorable old house that it would have been so much the better for me never to have entered, never to have seen...
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Why I Choose This Book

I remember seeing this book last year and reading good reviews about it. I have been wanting to read it for some time and finally got the chance to read it! 

First Initial Thoughts

Kaine is moving to Oakwood, Wisconsin 2 years after her husband's death to start over. She purchased the Foster house - famed by the local town by being haunted. Local citizens often saw lights flickering, piano music playing, and thought they saw "ghosts". She was mocked by the police department when she was convinced that her husband was killed but the police ruled it as an accident. She was also stocked by a man for two years after her husband's death. I really felt bad for Kaine because the police wouldn't help or believe her. 

I chuckled when Kaine was talking to her sister about how she got the house for a steal and that they were eager to sell the house. As well as sending blurry pictures of the house- making it seem like the perfect house. I was asking - "Kaine have you not seen a haunted house movie?!" 

When she soon moved into the home, the past comes back to haunt her. She thinks her stalker has followed her to Wisconsin and is routinely terrified by break-ins and feeling like she is being watched. 

This is a dual time period story and Ivy's story took place during 1906. Ivy is a young woman who is mocked by the town for her career choice. She assists her father who is the mortician of the town. She keeps a journal - writing down a memoir of the person's life. However, the town grew superstitions about the journal and what it was for. I think that over the years, all the death really took a toll on Ivy. When a young girl is found dead in the woods Ivy is determined to find out who killed her. Ivy names the girl Gabriella. 

Setting

I think Jaime did a good job at creating the atmosphere and making you feel spooked. However, she kind of fell short on the house. While she did describe the house, I don't think she developed it enough to make you feel spooked by it. It was old, dirty, and decrepit but she didn't make you feel scared about the house. But I can see why she did that - as it's explained later on in the book. 

Also, the town Oakwood, it seemed kind of boring. It was a typical small midwestern town. I think the only thing exciting about the town was The Foster House itself. 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
— John 16:33

Final Thoughts

Why did I take so long to read this book??! Have you ever had that feeling when reading a book? I had that exact feeling with this book. 

While I felt the Kaine's modern-day story was interesting I found Ivy's story to be more intriguing. I was always looking forward to reading her chapters in the book. I found it kind of sad that no one was really motivated to solve Gabriella's death except for Ivy. Sure the sheriff was doing his duty of trying to solve the murder, but it seemed like it wasn't on the forefront of his mind. 

What I liked about the story was that Jaime kept you on your toes. You were always left hanging at the end of every chapter - making you want to keep reading to see what happens. I also liked that the main mystery of the story is not what you think from the beginning. For sake of no spoilers, I won't mention what that was. ;) 

Ivy and Kaine also were very similar in terms of their story. They both were healing from trauma and both had someone coming after them. It was interesting to see how their stories intertwined with each other. 

Overall, I really liked the story and the mystery. It was a good spooky read! 

Would I Recommend? 

Most definitely. I think anyone looking for a good suspenseful story will enjoy this book! Also, with this book being Christian it is quite clean and the violence is kept to a minimum. 

 

You can purchase the book ---> HERE

I hope you check out this book! Just make sure to read when it's light out. ;) 

Have you read this book- if so share your thoughts in the comments! 

the caffeinated bibliophile