House of Whispers
Margaret Lucke
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Buy *House of Whispers: Book One Of The Supernatural Properties Series* by Margaret Lucke online

House of Whispers: Book One Of The Supernatural Properties Series
Margaret Lucke
Juno
Paperback
240 pages
March 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Claire Scanlan is embarking on a new career as an estate agent, hoping to get over her divorce through work. Unfortunately, another new employee at the estate agency, Avery Collier, is also hungry for success, and Claire's new house listing might be a significant problem. Although the house is a wonderful building designed by a renowned architect, it was also the location of the murder of that same architect - and his wife and child - by his son. Many people have viewed the house but been put off by strange feelings - is the house haunted?

Claire discovers early on that the house probably is haunted. She's always been very open to supernatural events and often dreams about things. When she realizes that someone in the house is trying to contact her and that there might be more to the murders than the police originally thought, she doesn't know who to trust. Is Ben Grant, the brother of the architect and the man listing the house, too good to be true? Can Claire find success in her job when Avery keeps trying to get her in trouble?

House of Whispers is an enjoyable book with its mystery gradually unfolding. The author's sense of pace is good, and it isn't easy to guess the identity of the guilty party. However, the book doesn't have anything particularly new to say, and the characters feel more like ciphers without particularly deep feelings. The romance isn't thoroughly portrayed, and the author uses Eden, the surviving daughter, as a clumsy plot device when she tells Claire something she hasn't told anyone else, despite having known her only a couple of days. The book is interesting in its way but nothing particularly special.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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