Review of Malice House by Megan Shepherd (ebook)




Malice House by Megan Shepherd


Of all the things aspiring artist Haven Marbury expected to find while clearing out her late father’s remote seaside house, Bedtime Stories for Monsters was not on the list. This secret handwritten manuscript is disturbingly different from his Pulitzer-winning works: its interweaving short stories crawl with horrific monsters and enigmatic humans that exist somewhere between this world and the next. The stories unsettle but also entice Haven, practically compelling her to illustrate them while she stays in the house that her father warned her was haunted. Clearly just dementia whispering in his ear . . . right?

Reeling from a failed marriage, Haven hopes an illustrated Bedtime Stories can be the lucrative posthumous father-daughter collaboration she desperately needs to jump-start her art career. However, everyone in the nearby vacation town wants a piece of the manuscript: her father’s obsessive literary salon members, the Ink Drinkers; her mysterious yet charming neighbor, who has a tendency toward three a.m. bonfires; a young barista with a literary forgery business; and of course, whoever keeps trying to break into her house. But when a monstrous creature appears under Haven’s bed right as grisly deaths are reported in the nearby woods, she must race to uncover dark, otherworldly family secrets―completely rewriting everything she ever knew about herself in the process.




This was such a weird book, but in a good way. There won’t be much to this review because I don’t want to giveaway any more of the plot than the synopsis has. The mosters were super creepy. There were parts of the book that were a bit slow, but overall, I found it really hard to put down. I liked that there were some weird twists that were slowly revealed. I finished this last night (as I’m writing this) and just bought the kindle version of book two so I can start it today. I’m very curious to see where it’s going to go after the ending for book one. I did read the preview chapter and like it so far.

I gave this book 4 stars.


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