The Good House: A Novel

By Tananarive Due

From the yank e-book Award winner and writer of "one of the main said debuts within the horror box because the introduction of Stephen King" (Publishers Weekly) comes a terrifying tale of supernatural suspense, as a girl searches for the inherited strength which can store her native land from evil forces.

Tananarive Due's first 3 novels received her legions of committed lovers who realize a real grasp of the style. Now she returns together with her top but -- a chilling tale set in a small city within the Pacific Northwest. the home Angela Toussaint's overdue grandmother owned is so loved that townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington, name it the nice apartment. yet is it?

Angela was hoping her grandmother's well-known "healing magic" might store her failing marriage whereas she and her relatives lived within the outdated apartment the summer season of 2001. in its place, an unforeseen tragedy ripped Angela's relatives aside.

Now, years later, Angela is relocating previous her grief and taking keep an eye on of her existence as a expertise agent in la, and he or she is ultimately able to revisit the agricultural condominium she enjoyed quite a bit as a baby. again in Sacajawea, Angela realizes she hasn't been the one one to endure a stunning loss. on account that she left, there were extra mindless tragedies, and Angela wonders in the event that they are comparable by some means. may the occasions be associated with a terrifying entity Angela's grandmother battled in 1929? Did her teenage son, Corey, reawaken anything that are meant to were left dozing?

With assistance from Myles Fisher, her highschool boyfriend, and clues from past the grave, Angela races to resolve a perilous puzzle that has her relations for generations. She needs to summon her personal hidden presents to stand the undying adversary stalking her in her grandmother's condo -- and within the Washington woods.

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If now not for Gramma Marie’s pioneering days, Angela might by no means have heard of this out-of-the-way logging city, which used to be available from Portland in basic terms by means of a two-lane riverfront highway from Sacajawea’s better neighbor, Longview, or a ferry from Westport, Oregon, past Puget Island. Sacajawea’s major highway used to be domestic to the grocer, the courthouse, the fireplace corridor, a pharmacy, a saloon, the previous resort, 3 vintage shops, Ming’s chinese language, a used-book shop, the U keep fuel station, a drive-thru coffee stand referred to as Joltz, the diner, and Subway Heaven, which bought sandwiches and hand-churned ice cream. there has been no movie show, no gymnasium, no McDonald’s. major road fairly used to be the most highway. apart from the River Rat front room off the pier, a few warehouses, and some workplaces switched over from houses at the surrounding streets, major road used to be approximately all there has been. but when Angela desired to spend summers in her grandmother’s condo, Sacajawea got here with it as a package. and every yr Angela lower back, she may perhaps essentially listen Gramma Marie whispering in her ear: while do you propose to ask fogeys over right, Li’l Angel? simply because regardless of Sacajawea’s transparent summer time skies, a placid river ideal for crusing, and the genteel backdrop of Mount Hood amid the Cascade diversity, this used to be now not a hotel city the place humans camped for the summer time and stored to themselves. travelers drove farther west for that, to the sands of lengthy seashore at the Pacific coast. apart from the handful of tourists who frequented the town’s well known B&Bs, most folks in Sacajawea had lived right here for generations, incomes hourly wages within the generators in Longview or taking down timber within the woods. or even if Sacajawea were a extra sometimey position, the foundations might were diversified for Angela, or a person else who was once relatives to Marie Toussaint. Marlene and the opposite townspeople will be deeply indignant in the event that they knew how she, Corey, and Tariq cackled approximately Sacajaweans’ old fashioned conduct. Like how the vendors of the small cluster of companies that known as itself “downtown” continuously had their radios tuned to an analogous oldies station that performed The 4 Seasons, Bobby Darin, and Elvis Presley, growing an total impression Corey referred to as “Time Warp, U. S. A. ” and the way even the beefiest-looking bill-capped rednecks with gun racks fixed of their pickups’ rear home windows drove previous them on the town and greeted them with huge grins and neighborly waves like characters immediately out of a Frank Capra motion picture. Angela attempted to visualize her friends in L. A. waving at her with vast smiles as they drove via Hollywood Hills on their option to paintings, and it was once an outstanding snicker. Oh definite, and that coloured factor. which may be humorous, too, within the correct temper. convinced sufficient, Angela spotted “Teen Angel” enjoying at the store’s tinny audio system. Time Warp, U. S. A. , alright. “How’s Corey doing? ” Marlene requested, her gaze without notice probing. “I hold seeing him with that new boy, Sean. They’re regularly operating the following and there, these . ” Marlene’s tone placed Angela on alert. childrens turned secretive as a part of their code of habit, and Corey gave imprecise solutions while she requested how he and his buddy Sean spent their time.

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