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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Can You Ever Truly Put the Past Behind You? House of Madness by Sara Harris

Great descriptions!
Love the scary story
Very very intriguing
Sara Harris Creeps Me Out!


Published: January 30th, 2019

Can You Ever Truly Put the Past Behind You? 

Tim and Adelaide Smithfield are haunted by memories of loss too raw to forget, and too painful to remember. Their 11-year-old daughter, Michaela, has her own set of sensory processing challenges, not to mention an overwhelming sense of guilt that she might be at the root of her parents’ problems. 

The sprawling ranch house on the outskirts of the quaint West Texas town of Big Spring promises a fresh start for a young family on the verge of collapse. 

But the house is haunted by memories of its own… and a guilt that West Texas’ famed thunderstorms can’t wash away.


Somehow, Addie was out of the hamper and on the floor of the pink and blue bathroom. The light was on and the crying – oh, the crying. Loud, painful wails that seemed to be filled with fear and dread.
That doesn’t sound like me. Am I making that noise?
“Mom? Oh Mom, Dad!” Michaela fell on the floor beside her. “Mom, are you okay?”
The cries seemed to quiet when Tim joined them. “Honey?”
Addie had her hand over her ears. “The crying, make it stop.”
“Adelaide!” Tim pulled Addie’s hands from her ears and wrested her into his lap like a child. “There’s no crying. None. There are no sounds.”
“Yeah,” Michaela agreed. “The light just came on and that’s how I found you.”
Michaela paused a moment. “I guess you had the perfect hiding spot. I’d been in here once looking for you when the light was still off.”
Sure enough, Tim was right. The crying had stopped. Addie opened her eyes. Michaela’s beautiful heart-shaped face came into focus. Tim’s chest was strong and warm. She sucked in a shuddering breath.
 “Michaela,” Tim whispered, “go push the mattresses down for me. They’re propped up against the wall there. I’m going to help Mom to bed, okay?”
“Can I go unpack my room when I’m done?”
“Yes. If you’re not scared to go all the way to the back of the house by yourself.”
“Seriously?” Michaela clucked. “Of course I’m not scared.”

About the author:
Sara is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist. Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series, An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted into the children's book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids), written for her own chunky baby. 

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Stephanie LaPlante said...

This book sounds super awesome.

Nancy P said...

Very intriguing

Dan Denman said...

The cover is mysterious and sinister. This sounds like a creepy and chilling story.