A two hundred year old curse. A tangled thread of mental illness. A growing list of Ross women dying young. The house where it all began, Desolate Ridge, holds all the secrets.
Abandoned at a hospital when she was only three years old, Aubrey Ross grey up as a ward of the state, passed from one foster family to the next. Having endured years of abuse and neglect, she’s become hardened to the world around her.
She’s flirted with depression and anxiety, and she’s haunted by premonitions. When a strange man approaches Aubrey with information about her past, she knows her life is about to change. Inside the envelope is the deed to a house in Ohio – her ancestral home.
When Aubre arrives in Rossdale, the town named after her family, she immediately experiences situations she cannot explain. She hears voices, sees apparitions, and has vivid visions of tragedies she can scarcely comprehend. Aubrey comes to realise she is reliving events which have happened to those who came before her.
Then she meets Hank Metzger, the town’s sheriff, whose family has an eerie connection to her own. As the secrets of Desolate Ridge are unearthed, Aubrey begins to understand her destiny is tied to Hank’s in a way she cannot escape.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this book, as I am not really keen on using mental illness with the paranormal etc. There are so many types of mental illness so you can’t really clump it all into one.
However, I read it, to see. The book is told from the point of view of Aubrey and the women of Desolate Ridge (I think that name says it all really) from each generation since 1819, this gives the story some background and atmosphere, insanity and madness seems to have been the main reasons that things happened. Maybe if Aubrey had been around in the 1800’s she would have been deemed insane or mad. So many barbaric things happened against the women.
Aubrey Ross had been abandoned at a hospital when she was three years old, growing up she was sent from one foster family to another so never got to know what having a real family was like. She works in a diner in Seattle, Washington where she is approached by a man who informs her that she has inherited, money and a family estate in Rossville, Ohio. The next thing Aubrey is on a plane heading to Ohio and her new home.
All Aubrey really wants is to find out about her family, unfortunately what she does find is that the house she has inherited is haunted, and holds lots of secrets, and she is the one to unearth those secrets ant to try and break the family curse.
The story is quite fast paced, although we don’t get told what Aubrey had been through growing up, all we know is she was in care. The story really starts from when she goes to the house. Parts of the story for me were just to far fetched and I know it’s just a story. I am not really into horror, I will read some and watch the odd horror movie, but it’s not a genre I normally go for. At times it was a little creepy.
Aubrey’s character is interesting, but to be honest I just wanted her to just leave, I mean take the money and run, and I didn’t get the romance between her and Hank, it just seemed so quick and down to destiny. I am really sorry but this just didn’t work for me personally.
Then the ending seemed as if it was just in too much of a rush.
If you are into horror stories, haunted houses, paranormal then I think this book is probably for you, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. I know there are lots of people out there who love these stories and will love this book.
I give this book three out of five stars, but again that is just my personal opinion.
This book is available as a paperback or ebook as from the 29th October 2019
Thank you to netgalley and Tangled Tree Publishing for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.