My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Spider House is the second book in the ‘Madam Celeste Mystery’ series written by Linda Anthony Hill. I read the first book last year and enjoyed it, but this second one is much stronger and freaked me out a few times. While it’s a cozy mystery without any gore or true horror, the descriptions of the spiders and paranormal events were strong enough that the perfect ambiance was created and set a spooky mood. Kudos to the author for making this one shine so brightly.
Celeste is a medium in Texas. She’s fairly well-known but keeps to herself. Her assistant, Emma, takes the lead in this book when a friend of Celeste’s asks for help with a weird event occurring at a house she inherited. Spiders are everywhere, but when the paranormal team explores the property, something frightening happens. Grey wolves, weird neighbors, Native American connections, huge spiders, and visiting apparitions. At least one of them is lying, but Emma can’t sort through all the voices and mis-communication between the paranormal team and the ghosts. What is really going on here?
While I enjoyed the first book enough to want to read the second, it doesn’t compare to the evolution and improvement in this latest one. Everything in this story worked perfectly together, and I found myself unable to put it down. Hill’s constant flips on the spiders was fantastic. Were they real or just visions? How big were they? How did they keep coming back even after extermination? The answers were there, just hidden well… at the same time, it’s also quite obvious. I’m not spoiling anything either because the real story is layers deeper, and you will get some goosebumps with this one.
Subtle humor and strong character personalities make this book work. Even if you’re not into ghosts or paranormal behavior, you will probably still enjoy the series. It has all the elements of a solid mystery, except some of the characters aren’t technically alive anymore. They have voices, provide clues, mislead you, and offer a few moments of levity. I recommend the series… but also know you can read them as stand-alone novels. Definitely in the 4.5 to 5 star range for me.
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