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It’s been ages since I last reviewed a book, and I thought it was about time I got back into doing so. I found out about The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic from a thread on the Kindle Boards forum. The description really grabbed me, and I loved the fact that it was only 15k words long (I find these days I prefer shorter items, as that way I can read many more stories in the time I have). At 99c it was really a no-brainer purchase.
I’m glad I did.
The plot follows a woman, Mattie, who has inherited an old house in Boston after her grandmother’s death. Mattie and her husband move into the house to renovate it ready for sale, but Mattie begins to learn that the house holds a lot of dark secrets that she could never have dreamed of. Unable to stop her search for the truth, she soon learns of past events that will change her life forever.
The story is written in first person, present tense. Since most stories are usually written in past tense, this change was slightly disorientating for a few pages. But after the first few pages, it seemed perfectly natural and I found myself really getting into and enjoying the style.
(I know some people don’t like first person stories, but I’ve never had a problem with them).
The writing was clear, and I didn’t notice any errors as I was reading. The plot had a few nice twists and turns to it, some obvious, and some not-so-obvious. I managed to spot the main clues were actually clues, but I didn’t quite manage to put it all together until the final reveal. The pacing was good, and Kathleen did a fantastic job of building the story to it’s climax. I think most readers who like a more cerebral horror story (as opposed to a person/monster running around killing people) will really enjoy the final result.
I can’t find any fault with the story, so I give it a well-deserved 5 stars.