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SaraHasClass

Joined January 2018

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A sequel to a book I adored, this one fell flat. I found the dialouge annoying, the characters shallow and the story slow until the end. I will think carefully before reading book 3, but as I really liked the first story, I will probably read it. Meh... sometimes artistic quality fails in churning out quantity...

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This is a new author for me and I adored this book! It is a murder mystery (ritual, serial spanning 100 years) combined with a magnificent backdrop, a circus in hell. Lara learns of her lineage through searching for her missing fiance. Family secrets are unveiled, a journal from 1925 takes the reader back in time and the vivid imagery of the Big Top kept me intrigued throughout.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Wow. First experience with this author and I will read his stories again. Unpredictable, this book has a classic English feel; brooding, dark, literary. Stick with it until the end, some things--that may feel tedious-- just aren't as they seem and bring this book full circle.

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Killer Instinct | James Patterson
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Typical Patterson, CIA, terrorism, action; well written. Atypical Patterson, the main character is gay married man/father of an adopted daughter/CIA agent with a beautiful, smart female, cop bestie. The good guys win. Entertaining read.

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Fable: A Novel | Adrienne Young
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A rich story that danced across the pages, Fable had an old world vibe with a folk tale feel. It's an adventure about an abandoned girl who has lived life on the sea. Her search for her estranged father leads her to a new family and inheritance. A book of made up places, gems, pirates and yes, love. YA

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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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Mehso-so

Historical fiction with an ode to classic lit, this is the story of survival as one young woman discovers her worth in the midst of WWII in London. I liked the characters but the story was 100% predictable. Nothing in this tale was surprising or particularly engaging. Instead it is as sweet as it is boring.

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19th Christmas | James Patterson
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Mehso-so

Quick, easy story. Similar to other Patterson books, this is the Women's Murder Club series. This book didn't pique my imagination and the ending fell flat for me. It felt like just another book churned out quickly.

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Steelstriker | Marie Lu
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The second book in a series, Steelstriker continues the war against the Federation with Red leading the rebels & Talin acting as the evil Premiers Skyhunter, a lethal weapon/bodyguard (against her will through a mental link). Still naturally linked to Red she must act behind enemy lines keeping the two men in her head out of her head. Just like the first book, Skyhunter, this one is also YA with the most beautiful cover and book jacket.

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The Innocent | Harlan Coben
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Mystery genre with so many twists it keeps you guessing. I had hard time putting this one down. What do a Nun, ex-con, detective, PI, FBI, NV, NJ and strippers have in common? A big scheme gone bad, a cover-up multiple murders & people who aren't who they say they are. There are so many "bad guys" in this book it's hard to nail down the worst of them all.

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Daylight | David Baldacci
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This is my favorite series by Baldacci. The characters are exaggerated, but still believable and the plot is big enough to hold two stories while holding my attention. Mystery readers take note! (PS. This is a series but written well enough that this book could stand alone.)

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Defy the Worlds | Claudia Gray
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Book 2 in a YA series, Sci-fi. Sometimes a sequel gets stale, but not this one! The adventure of human Noemi and sort of human Abel deepens as Noemi is kidnapped, a new world is discovered and her home world is threatened. A perfect blend of imagination and interesting characters, this is a good second book, and I'm looking forward to reading number 3.

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Growing up near Villisca, Iowa, I was aware of the sensational murder of the Moore family (1912) who were bludgeoned to death with the blunt end of an ax. Heck, I toured the house. Here, within these pages I discover that this unsolved crime was most likely the work of a serial killer. This book is one with exceptional research, logical arguments and an interesting history of criminal justice in the early 1900s. Nonfiction. True Crime. History.

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A good legal thriller, this is a second book with the characters from A Time to Kill, so I had to read it. Though not as sensational as the first, I enjoyed the story. I'm a sucker for a tidy end where good prevails and I was left feeling a little empty. It does have a good ending, but the story is not finished. Maybe there will be A Time for Closure next?

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Target: Alex Cross | James Patterson
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If you've ever read Patterson, you are familiar with his Alex Cross series. DC detective, psychologist turned consultant who solves crime, often but not always political crimes with his tribe, a best friend, wife etc. Even his Granny Nana Mama can get into it. Entertaining if you like solving mysteries and can handle some of the more technical weapon jargon and assassin motives. This one is a conspiracy theorists dream scenario.

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Defy the Stars | Claudia Gray
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YA; Gateway Nominee. Noemi, a fighter pilot meets Abel, an enemy mech (AI) during an intergalactic feud. Thrown together with survival at stake, they learn life as they know it is not as they know it. Likable characters, surprising twists and an action packed story, this book is part of a trilogy (Book 1) sure to engage and entertain sci-fi fans and romantics alike.

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The Dragon Heart Legacy Book 1 is a fantastic story blending contemporary life with magical life. Breen Kelly has been manipulated by her mother her whole life, made to feel inadequate & abandoned by her father. An unexpected trip to Ireland to "find herself" results in more than she can comprehend. Half human, half fey Breen falls in love with her new world, but can't make the break from the old. I can't wait for the next book, due in November!

anncox Book 2 at Costco! 2mo
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Moonlight Becomes You | Mary Higgins Clark
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If you have a hankering for a good old fashioned clean mystery, Mary Higgins Clark is a go-to author. She weaves a who done it tale with several guilty characters leaving a reveal at the end. Mysterious deaths in an upscale nursing home leads Maggie on a quest to unravel the plot. Her meddling gets her buried alive and those who love her most go on a mission to catch her would be killer.

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Simple Genius | David Baldacci
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I'm a sucker for a good James Bond-ish mystery and that is what Baldacci offers. Pure, far-fetched entertainment in which all the characters have a sexy vibe.🙄 If you aren't capable of rolling your eyes and reading about government conspiracy, then don't pick up this one. This is not my favorite King & Maxwell tale from him, but I do enjoy their story and his other books in the series.

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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Anya has spent her whole life avoiding loving her daughters. They feel despised by her and at fault. Upon the death bed of their beloved father, he makes them all promise to know one another. Only Anya's love for him gets her to reveal her true self to her daughters. In turn, they learn much more about who they are. For me this book had a slow start & a slow build, but by the end I was devouring pages.

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When Hannah falls for Owen she has no idea who he really is. Then he goes missing, leaving her to protect his 16 year old daughter. I flew through this book looking for the next twist, the next turn (really liking it) and then it came to a grinding halt. I hated the ending--too many loose ends. I'm so disappointed!

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This fictional tale is so rich in imagination, yet so true in human nature, people want to be known for who they are. Mozart had a sister he loved dearly, & she had a desire to be remembered. Prodigies, they traveled Europe by day & visited the Kingdom of Back by night. In a "deal with the devil" she nearly trades her soul to desire. How rich we would be if genius wasn't lost for being a mere girl. Much world building; some tedious; a great story.

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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Ancient Egyptians believed in 2 ways to heaven & quantum physicists, a theory of parallel lives. What if you aren't living as you're meant to live? What if obstacles throw you off course? Dawn's life changes with a plane crash & new client's death. Does she stay in the safety of love & comfort with her daughter & husband or seek the path of love & passions she once left behind? Too much Egyptology/Quantum Physics threw me off the path on this one.

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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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I like historical fiction that tells of an event "off the beaten path" of standard history. I was really excited to find this story, about a group of college women serving people living in war torn France during WWI. Instead it's about a group mostly socialite women battling insecurities from the past. Imitating the author I might say, "This book is rather dull, Miss Litsy, & I shan't recommend it. Now I must quite go & fix my unruly hairpins."

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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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This is a sweet story about the complexity of relationships & loving someone for who they are rather than who you want them to be. Odile is a librarian in occupied France during WWII. Dodging Nazis is a way of life & life is hard. Lily is 12, living in Montana in the early 80s & on the cusp of adolescence when she suffers loss & life is hard. Together Odile & Lily 's story will converge & they will each learn something from the other.

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Skyhunter | Marie Lu
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YA, fantastic read with a promise of a sequel. Talin is a warrior, she takes pride in her skill of keeping her refugee nation Mara, safe from the Federation even though Marans believe her to be beneath them. Then she meets another refugee, one with the will to die and power so fearsome the Federation will stop at nothing to get him back, including destroying Talin & her adopted nation of Mara; likeable characters, action packed, imaginative.

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Even If We Break | Marieke Nijkamp
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YA for those looking for diversity, but for me, too little plot & too much lecture. Bi, trans, straight, Austistic teens with gay, poor & rich parents form a friendship;a role play gamer group. The teens go into the mountains for one last play & murder ensues. It's hard to keep characters & their angst straight (pun intended) & don't get me started on the confusing use of the pronoun "they" for a single human. The irony? The plot is a stereotype.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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Hannah knows how to turn ordinary folk into extraordinary folk--warriors, even. This is a story of victims of the Dust Bowl. It's a story of survival & being a mother. Learning to love yourself can take a lifetime. Elsa, using those around her as a mirror, discovers who she is in the midst of protecting her children from a dangerous world. For me, some of it was slow & drug on at times, but the end had me racing through pages.

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This is a well researched & written account of a little known & explored (beyond academics) topic of the Great Migration spanning American history (1915-1970). The exodus of mistreated blacks from the Jim Crow south changes the landscape of America, leads to mechanization of cotton farms, furthers civil rights & provides better & worse futures for the descendents of those who escaped the Southern caste system Epic, magnificent history.

SamAnne One of the best books I read last year. Hope to finish Caste next month. 10mo
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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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The last book in the Red Queen series delivers! I adored this series for its imagination, action, character development and for giving me a colorful & vivid story I could escape into after a long day of stress. It's about love, loss and what it means to be complicatedly human in time of war. YA, Fantasy

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Dysfunctional dynamics with a creep factor that is off the rails, this story is told from the perspective of several characters. There is really no "who done it" moment in this mystery, rather it unfolds before your eyes. At points I avoided reading it because I didn't want to face what came next. Mothers beware! This will tear your heart up, but the the end is worth it.

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King's Cage | Victoria Aveyard
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This is the 3rd book in this series & I absolutely loved this book.Aveyward's storytelling gets better as the series unfolds in this epic, good versus evil fantasy genre (YA). Kings, Queens, palaces, warfare-- physical & mental, imaginative powers, alliances and subterfuge--all with characters whom I want to know what they'll do next. This book didn't disappoint. If you like fantasy series books, this one is a must read after book 1 & 2 of course.

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Something sinister resides at the Bartholomew, a Gothic structure with a creepy past and some elite residents. When Jules gets a chance to apartment sit, she thinks her run of bad luck is over. She could not be more wrong. As someone/thing lurks with sinister intentions, she only lasts 6 days in the famed building.

BooksCoffeeNurse LOVE this book and LOVE Riley Sager. ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
SaraHasClass This is a first Sager book for me, but I liked it very much and will look for his others. 12mo
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This book was given to me, so I read it. It's not my usual go to, but I was entertained by the story and the likeable characters. Two authors, antagonistic, bet each other he/she couldn't successfully write a book of the other's genre, but to do so they must tutor one another in the style of writing. One thing leads to another, steamy encounters ensue & love happens just in time to be derailed. It might not be a happily ever after ending.

Bklover I‘m adding this to my list! I keep hearing reviews that sound like yours. 😊💙 12mo
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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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2nd in a YA series full of imagination, this book was enjoyable, mostly. With a varied cast of characters and good v evil storyline, Glass Sword carries on the Red Queen's quest to fight injustice & prejudice in a future world of fantasy. I found the protagonists constant self-doubt bordering on martyrdom tiresome. Still, I'll read the next because I have to know how it ends.

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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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Add Ruth Ware to my list of favorite authors. While her protagonists make me crazy with their insecurities and quirks, I'm always up for a good story and this one delivers. Dysfunctional, ✔ scary, ✔ intriguing ✔. This book has more surprises than you can handle right up to the "who done it" finale. Ware. Is. Masterful.

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The Queen's Rising | Rebecca Ross
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This debut fantasy novel holds, beauty, culture, war, deceit and magic within its pages. Brienna really doesn't belong anywhere. She is illegitimate, her father's name withheld and her mother dead. Seeking to protect her, her grandfather sends her to a boarding school of sorts where she struggles to find her passion. Little does she know he is beneath her nose all along--and together they will discover who she truly is.

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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I've discovered a new author. The first in a series, it's a YA dystopian revolutionary story with compelling characters and imagination throughout. In a world where Silvers rule, crushing the spirits of the Reds, Mare Barrow, a Red accidentally finds she is more than just a Red. Held captive by Silvers she is a pawn used to keep her kind in check, but her alliances & the discovery of who she really is, leads her to spark a revolution.

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White Fox | Sara Faring
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I'm undecided on this one. The setting and characters are interesting and the dynamic of the sister relationship is very good-too many twists and turns and characters to keep me following the storyline well. I can't decide if its a focus problem--a product of my life as a teacher/coach/simultaneously teaching in person students and virtual during a pandemic or if I just couldn't follow the plot. I really wanted to like it...maybe a summer re-read?

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Dead Letters: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
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Debut mystery;dark;brooding; & a well crafted story. While I sometimes wanted the author to "get on with it"... tiny bit tedious & repetitious character building for my taste... I really liked the concept of this book. Twin sisters & one is presumed dead. Best friends until they weren't; dysfunctional childhood; a thing with the alphabet. "Dead letters" is Ava's quest to find out what happened to Zelda one letter of the alphabet at a time.

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This is my 2nd book from this author & I'm just not a fan. His writing is really incredible, a very classic feel, but his stories are too weird & philosophically out "there." I find myself uninterested & skim reading quickly to get to the end. The end of this one, however almost redeemed this book.

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The setting is a glass house in the midst of a forest. A strange mix of characters are gathered to celebrate the bride but the weekend ends in murder. This is a story of jealousy & obsession-a well crafted mystery that had me turning pages very quickly in the end just to see if I had it all figured out.

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A collection of ghost stories with a variety of authors from the 1800s to now; names you know, Poe & names perhaps never heard, Amy Giacolone--hers was my favorite, a real laugh out loud ghost story. Some were old & British & one was "tawdry"-most of them really made me think--not in a spooky way but a college fiction class sort of way where you discover things aren't always as they seem...Bradbury wrote a ghost story? It's all interpretation.

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Reach for the Summit | Pat Summitt
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As a women's basketball coach there is no one I respect more for her ability to move female competition forward as she did, than Pat Summitt. Part how to and part autobiography, this book is a great reminder of how hard work, never giving up or in, believing you can and plain ole luck is the very definition of how to be a success in any field.

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Poignant. This YA novel is a journey through the minds of family members tainted by tragedies--how they persevere as individuals and stick together as a family. This book had so much potential in the beginning but left me hanging in the end.

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As a teacher, this made me roar, "The library period was a fake period during the day, as far as she could tell, that allowed teachers to go to the teachers' lounge and drink Red Bull." In this year of 2020, there never was a truer statement ?

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Terrifying, supernatural, psychological, HEAVY--a story that will challenge your notion of what is scarier, a 300 year old witch whose eyes & mouth are stitched shut & who walks a cursed town for all to see OR human nature, carefully controlled, structured and orderly until its not. ☠

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Intrigued by music as a narrarator, I really liked this book at the start, but in the end I found Frankie's story overdramatic & completely beyond the realm of believable. It was for me a Forrest Gump story, a string of name dropping & event hopping. I didn't find it remotely magical at all.

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Goldengrove: A Novel | Francine Prose
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Moody, dark & desperate, this is the story of losing a sibling while at the impressionable & angsty age of 13. Mom pops pills & Dad buries himself in work leaving Nico alone to cope with the loss of her sister & idol. She turns to her sister's boyfriend, the only one she thinks can understand her. Maybe its my own place in life, 50 y/o teacher prepping to return to school, but I found reading (previewing for my librarian) this YA a grind.

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Sinners and Saints | Eileen Dreyer
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When Chastisty's sister, Faith goes missing Chaz will battle wealth, poverty, the good ole boys and her own demons to find her. Rich with voodoo, addiction & dysfunction, this book had more turns than the impending hurricane that revealed Chaz's worst fears.

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Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Literally could not put this book down! Have you ever heard the expression, if walls could talk? Meet the Walker family, messy, dysfunctional and torn apart meeting together to clean up their late husband/fathers estate--rooms filled with the detritus of life and death. Told from each person's and three ghost's perspectives, this house has dark secrets.