House 23 / Eli Yance
synopsis – Joseph has it all. He lives in a beautiful house in a well-to-do neighborhood. Being wealthy, he doesn’t have to work, and can devote all his time to pursuing his passion of painting. Or watching TV. Or sleeping in and lounging around all day, that sort of thing. Too bad he’s a miserable wreck. See, his ambitious and successful wife was murdered in that house. Now that he has all her wealth, everybody in town thinks layabout Joseph did it, even though he was cleared. One day his new neighbor knocks on his door… and she looks exactly like his dead wife. Things start to look up. But things aren’t always what they seem…
reaction – I felt a strange sympathy for Joseph, even though he seemed to be a perpetually simplistic, “poor me” character. Yes, his wife was murdered, but at some point you move on by necessity. Perhaps I am harsh. After his dead wife’s lookalike showed up, the story got a bit mundane. Happy people doing happy things. The climax was a long, drawn out fight fest in which the characters somehow kept on fighting with multiple serious injuries. Then the conclusion left a lot of unanswered questions. Overall, an open-ended book with several unexpected twists.
recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.