Friday, October 11, 2013

The Mortician's Wife, by Maralee Lowder

The mortuary is just about the creepiest place in town, and rumor has it a crazy old witch lives there.  When Emily first encounters the so called witch, she realizes that the woman is really just a lonely old women.  Years later, when Emily is an adult, her path once again crosses with that of the old woman.  She learns the tragic tales of the woman's life as the mortician's wife.

The tale is one part haunted house, one part psychological thriller.  The story is solid enough, even though it gets off to a bit of a slow start.  Once the premise is set so that Emily can learn the woman's history, the book really picks up.  I thought Ada, the woman, was an incredible character with an engaging story.  That portion of the book was really well written.  As a character, I found Emily to be a little weak.  I really did not care much about her, and I just found her a little flat.

I would have liked to seen the house itself come alive a tiny bit more.  There was so much there to work with, so much potential.  The scene just needed to be bit richer, with slightly darker tones; then I think the house would have had a life of its own.  I also was not completely satisfied with the ending.  The story seems to stop mid-stride.  I believe there will be a sequel, so perhaps there will ultimately be more resolution.  All in  all, a fun, quick read for fans of spooky stories.

I received a review copy courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.



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