Val's Pick: "How to Sell a Haunted House" by Grady Hendrix
I don’t read many books in the horror genre but there are two authors that I will always read - Stephen King and Grady Hendrix. While the former is considered by many to be the master of horror, Grady Hendrix is making a name for himself after publishing a string of successful novels in the last ten years. Hendrix’s latest book, How to Sell a Haunted House, uses his typical combination of horror and humor to tell the story of a brother and sister whose strained relationship is put to the test after the sudden death of their parents.
Louise is called back to her hometown of Charleston to bury her parents and settle their affairs. She plans to take care of everything quickly so she can return to her young daughter and the life she has built far away from her hometown and her unreliable brother, Mark. However, the house and its contents have other plans for the siblings.
In Hendrix’s previous books he has employed horror tropes such as vampires and exorcisms. In How to Sell a Haunted House, the horror comes in the form of puppets who have a life of their own with a score to settle.
This is definitely not a book for everyone. There are a few scenes that are truly scary but Hendrix has a way with adding a little bit of humor as well as a little bit of depth to tell a truly entertaining, and sometimes moving, story.