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Review: Starter House

May 6, 2014

Starter House

Lacey and Eric are expecting their first child and hunting for their first home.  When Lacey sees a quaint little cottage, it’s love at first sight, even though the realtor acts a little funny about the house.  Things are not right from the moment they move in.  No one but Lucy can see a little boy named Drew.  At first the former teacher thinks she can win him over but she quickly realizes she’s no match for him.  She must figure out what’s going on to save her life and her family.

I was very excited when my book club won copies of  Starter House by Sonja Condit because the author is local for us.  I went into the book hoping to love it and, I’m sorry to say, I didn’t.  The book starts out strong and captured my interest early.  I needed to know what was going on – was Lacey crazy or was there really an evil force in her new home?  The story lost steam, though, and by the end it didn’t really matter to me.   To be honest, the premise seemed a little odd and after I was through, I wasn’t sure I understood it.

Everyone in my book club finished the book but no one loved it.  We had a lively discussion because the plot confused everyone.  Several people commented that they enjoyed Condit’s writing so they would be willing to try her work in the future even though this book wasn’t a favorite.

I won this book in a contest on TLC Book Tours.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2014 5:05 am

    I am always a bit upset when I have finished a book and not liked it. For me first its the huge waste of limited time which I have to stingily devote to reading whereas I would just like to loll around in bed reading the whole day!

  2. May 6, 2014 7:16 am

    It’s such a pity! Especially since you seemed excited to read something by a local author.

  3. May 6, 2014 8:35 am

    How disappointing! I remember seeing this on the list from TLC and thinking about getting it – I’m glad that I didn’t.

  4. May 6, 2014 9:00 am

    It’s too bad this was a disappointing. From your book club discussion, at least you weren’t the only one.

  5. May 6, 2014 11:23 am

    That’s too bad this didn’t work a bit better, but it is great when a book leads to discussion!

  6. May 6, 2014 12:56 pm

    It’s a shame it was a disappointment, but at least it made for good discussion.

  7. May 6, 2014 1:03 pm

    Sorry this was a miss for you and your book club. But at least you all had things to talk about! Hope your next book club pick is a winner.

  8. May 6, 2014 1:09 pm

    I am sorry you didn’t like this one, Kathy. I haven’t read it, but have read mixed reviews about it.

  9. May 6, 2014 2:16 pm

    Interesting review and unusual that your entire book club felt the same… probably not one to add to the TBR.

  10. May 6, 2014 2:18 pm

    Thanks for your honest review, Kathy. I hadn’t heard much about this book before.

  11. May 6, 2014 3:22 pm

    I didn’t love it either, Kathy….and I had hoped to at least enjoy it! I checked my review, just to make sure, and my last thoughts were how relieved I was when the book ended.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  12. May 6, 2014 3:31 pm

    I am not sure about this one

  13. boardinginmyforties permalink
    May 6, 2014 3:46 pm

    Sounds like a better editor might have saved this one from being a disappointment. I hate when books have so much promise and then they don’t end up being a satisfying read at all.

  14. May 6, 2014 4:28 pm

    That’s too bad. It sounds like it had potential!

  15. Patty permalink
    May 6, 2014 5:46 pm

    I have read other reviews that pretty much say the same thing…at least it’s universal!

  16. May 6, 2014 9:27 pm

    I meant to read this one, but haven’t yet — the reviews seemed very mixed.

  17. May 7, 2014 2:14 am

    Oh, that’s too bad – it sounded good and spooky!

  18. May 8, 2014 4:44 pm

    the premise sounds really good – it’s a shame this one didn’t work out. . .how very cool your book club won the books too!

  19. May 10, 2014 5:00 pm

    Oh, too bad it disappointed you! The premise sounds interesting but it’s no fun when the plot is confusing. Hope you current reading is better!

  20. bookingmama permalink
    May 21, 2014 8:09 am


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