The Squatter – by Jonathan Dunne

This is one of those books I saw mentioned in a few different places and I just had to read it too. Usually I’m just the opposite. If I see too many people talking about a book, I’ll put it on the back burner for a while. I’m always afraid it will be over-hyped.

With that said, I started reading The Squatter braced to be disappointed, but that didn’t last for long. I fell instantly in love with the Greene family! A hard working mom to three girls loses her Dublin restaurant because of Covid restrictions. She lost her husband and young son in a car accident a couple of years earlier. With few options and even less money, she decides to take a chance on a new job and a too-good-to-be-true offer to move her family into a free farm house in a rural town. But there’s a catch! Isn’t there always?

A squatter has been living in the farm house long before the Greene family rolls in. It’s not long before the Greenes realize his presence and really spooky things begin to happen. The man living in the gatehouse on the property is just slightly less spooky than the squatter. The townsfolk are strongly opinionated and don’t like the Greenes’ presence in the small town. Did they make the right decision to make the move?

I got so wrapped up in the story I had a couple of long nights, not wanting to put the book down. It also had me checking dark corners in the bedroom before I fell asleep. It’s been a while since a book has left me feeling that spooked!

I debated whether I’d let the lack of proofreading in this book lower my rating. Ultimately I decided my rating is how much I enjoyed my experience reading the book. If there weren’t so many glaring errors throughout the book, I honestly would have given it five stars. I enjoyed the story that much! But the errors kept jerking my poor brain right out of the story. That is the only reason I’m giving four stars instead of five.

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