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Review - The House of Smarba by Mike Duke

Synopsis -

Their little boy Martin and his younger sister Bella were all they could have asked for…until the day Debbie watched helplessly as Bella’s life was ripped away in a horrific hit and run accident.

Plagued with grief, and afraid for her sanity, Debbie decides they are moving. However, shortly after transitioning into their new house, Martin begins having vivid dreams of a young boy named Malachi and his toy collection.

Martin has never seen toys like these before, but the descriptions he relates to his parents fill Debbie with concern. Nathan believes she is being overprotective after losing Bella, but Debbie is determined to solve the mystery of the antique toys and find out just who this Malachi kid really is. What Debbie discovers is a rabbit hole that may drag the souls of her entire family kicking and screaming into the abyss of Hell itself.

Review -

While The House of Smarba could easily be defined as a mashup of sorts between The Omen and Poltergeist, it stands very much alone as an excellent entry into the world of haunted house fiction.

The author keeps this story moving along at a great clip, with the tension rising with every page turn.

There was a lot to like about this one, but it was the ending that will really stick with me. I'm, of course, not going to spoil it, but it might be one of my favorite finales in quite some time.

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5 stars out of 5

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