Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re looking for a mystery that offers a little bit of romance and a smatter of religion, The House on Foster Hill could very well be for you. Jaime Jo Wright’s debut novel takes place in two time periods offering a parallel storyline and a fair bit of intrigue. Is it downright scary? Not particularly, though this type of book shouldn’t be. It’s a fun and suspenseful page-turner that does its job. It keeps you entertained for the majority of the book and it makes you want to find out how things are going to end up.
While parts will be predictable, overall, The House on Foster Hill kept some surprises that were worth the wait. At times, I felt like there was a Scooby-Doo vibe with those meddling kids causing trouble and revealing secrets that were meant to be dead. However, this was worth it when those secrets ended up being fully realized.
The two leading characters, Kaine and Ivy, span different time periods but are both fundamentally strong albeit flawed in many ways. This makes them more authentic. They feel like real people. The men in their lives are interesting and complicated. Parts of the book are easy to predict. You will likely guess how certain parts are going to go. I know I did, and yet, I still enjoyed reading to watch it all unfold. The mystery was not as easy to crack, and once I figured it out, about the time Kaine does, I immediately began thinking back, wondering if there were clues that I also missed. Whether I did or not, doesn’t matter. It’s more important that I enjoy the story that Wright laid out, which I did.
I almost hate to admit it, but had I known The House on Foster Hill was marketed as a Christian novel, I probably wouldn’t have requested it. While I did roll my eyes at the fact that everyone had an interest in God, the novel actually isn’t religion heavy, at all. God is occasionally used as a crutch and the characters speak about God in a way that seems inauthentic to the story. That said, you could easily read this as a member of any faith – or none at all, and still enjoy the read.
Is The House on Foster Hill Recommended?
If you’re looking for a good page turner, The House on Foster Hill, has characters you can enjoy and possibly even relate to in a story that is worthy of being told. The story is engaging and the mystery keeps things going. As this is the first novel for Wright, I am pretty sure she will be one to watch. I wouldn’t hesitate to read more of her work.