This was my first book by Tanarive Due. It definately won't be my last. The book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until the very last word.It has a little of everything. Suspense, romance, murder. You name it its there.
The book started off great and captured my interest right away. Towards the middle it started to die down but picked back up again around page 175. If you can hold on until then, it gets back to the good parts and it's really scary/eerie. I like the writing style. Each sentence flowed together beautifully. Once you get 3 quarters of the way through the book, you won't want to put it down.
This book was suspenseful and disturbing, as a good horror story should be. I had many moments of saying "Oh no!" I found that I couldn't put it down even when the horror elements were a little nauseating for me. Due's got chops.
The book draws heavily on the persistence of African religion in African-American life. The protagonist is the grand-daughter of a practitioner of voudoun who has come under a curse from a malicious spirit in spite of her long service to the god Papa Legba. Several of the characters believed in a syncretistic mix of Christianity and traditional African religion. They engaged in "ritual practices to gain power"--magic.
I appreciated the way that the author credited her research, explaining that people who want to really understand this religious tradition should read non-fiction. That was respectful.
An interesting thing about this book for me was that the female protagonist could blame the bad (abusive, violent) behavior of her ex-husband and (and to a lesser extent, of her son) on demonic possession. This created what was for me a very uncomfortable scene where the ex-husband is really valiantly resisting the impulse to stalk and abuse his ex-wife.
Another piece that felt uncomfortable to me was the incorporation of real-life racist violence into the fictional narrative. Knowing what I know about African-American history, I could recognize some of the incidents that happened to the characters as too true-to-life to go into a story about demonic possession. Shouldn't all novels tell some truth? This one did, even though it was a horror story and all about making things exotic and entertaining. I want to read more by this author.
I thought this novel was excellent. It's horrific, creepy but also has excellent characterization.
In The Good House, acclaimed novelist Tananarive Due enters classic Stephen King territory. Her novel, set in a small Northern town, centers on a haunted house under a deadly curse. But don't let the comparison scare you: This dark, imaginative, skillfully written page-turner is a novel only Tananarive Due could write.
Early in the Twentieth Century, a powerful voodoo priestess followed her guiding spirit from New Orleans to a small town in Washington State. But in pride and anger, Marie Toussaint unleashed a new--and very different--spirit. Now, ignorant of both her heritage and the curse, Angela Toussaint returns to her dead Grandmother Marie's house, seeking to heal her fractured relationships with her son and her husband. But the malicious spirit wishes only the destruction of the Toussaints; and as it did in her grandmother's day, it inflicts horrific death and destruction upon the isolated town. Soon Angela has lost almost everyone she loves; and she must somehow uncover the
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. It is still a good book. Entertaining and fast. Kept my attention for a couple of hours. The one outstanding thing about it is the dialogue. It is as natural as can be, and I could hear the conversations as if I were eavesdropping in a normal house. However there wasn't much mystery in it for me and, without spoiling, the strong, intelligent main character should have been able to skip chapters when she saw the bus years later. And I felt sorry for the poodle. Enough said.
not as scary as i would have liked, but a good read