BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Good House’ by Tananarive Due

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

The Good House by Tananarive Due

Not being a horror reader (confession: only two Stephen Kings), I reluctantly chose this book, based on it also being chosen by the main character in a new dystopian YA horror book written by a friend.

WHOA. This is some scary stuff. I was vaguely familiar with the legendary Marie Laveau of New Orleans, herbalist, midwife, and voudou practitioner, and this tale finds the progeny of her line living in a gothic pile in the tiny town of Sacajawea, Washington.

It opens with the horrific suicide of Corey (named for Diahann Carroll’s son in the tv series Julia) and other strange occurrences and deaths surrounding Angela, Corey’s mom and the granddaughter of Gramma Marie, the settler free-woman who was also a voudou practitioner.

The town, also the haunted final home of a long gone Native American tribe, is under some kind of spell/curse and Angela cannot escape the consequences. It’s got layers and layers of history and back story and event two endings. Creepy enough to keep me up reading until daylight.

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