The Good House – by Tananarive Due

I just finished reading The Good House by Tananarive Due and my heart is so full. This book has skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorite reads in 2023. I guess it goes without saying I’m giving it five stars and would give it more if I could.

What a heartfelt novel about family, love, community, tradition, and consequences. Angela’s family home, The Good House, has a complicated history with Angela’s grandmother, Marie, at the heart of it. Angela returns every summer with her son, Corey, to try to connect with him in the home where she spent summers with her grandmother when she was a child.

The Good House weaves together three timelines – the historic timeline when Marie first came to the house; a summer with Angela and Corey when tragedy strikes; and years later, when Angela attempts to pick up the pieces of her past. All three storylines are rich with magic, spells, and demons. The story was compelling and fast paced – and so full of emotion. My heart absolutely broke for Angela several times. She’s such a strong character!

I could go on and on (and on) about this book. But it would be better if you were to read it instead. Be prepared for plenty of suspense and a few creepy moments that try to take up residence in your head. I had a few creepy dreams because of this book! Like I said at the start of this review, I’m giving The Good House five spirited stars out of five.

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