SECOND OPINION: House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

Review published on January 30, 2018.

I would describe this book as a fairly good psychological thriller with a supernatural flavour.

This novel, by Michael J. Malone, deals with Ranald, a young Scotsman with mental health issues, who inherits a large house and a family of which he was previously unaware. The plot develops around supernatural goings-on and manipulation by those around him. In the end, it becomes difficult to know whom to trust as he does not know what is the result of his illness or of other people’s actions.

It is quite good but I preferred the author’s previous novel, A Suitable Lie. It is reasonably engaging with many dark moments and vivid descriptions.

Paul Allard 4/4

House of Spines by Michael J. Malone
Orenda 9781910633861 pbk Sep 2017


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