Author: Nic Sheff
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Rating: 1 Bird
Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.
After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Strange visions follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.
A classic horror story finds a terrifying home in Harmony House, drawing on favorite tropes and edgy, modern characters to create a chilling tale of blame, guilt, and ghostly revenge.
I picked up HARMONY HOUSE because the synopsis seemed amazing and the cover had a very Madeleine Roux vibe to it. Since I really enjoyed her Asylum series and this promised to be a creepy ride as well, I eagerly downloaded it.
Things start off with hopes of a good read. You get a very Casper (the movie) feel when they get to Harmony House and with the dad being half cracked in the head already there’s also this The Shining feeling that filters in. Sadly though, things very quickly start to fall apart all over the place.
The characters are seriously underdeveloped and all seem to have personality disorders that cause them to go from perfectly happy to murderous rage in .0002 seconds. This isn’t just something the dad does, as his cheater is supposed to be off his rocker, this is every single person we meet. From Jen to boys she meets on the road – everyone. I felt like I had whiplash trying to keep up with the mood swings.