Mira Grant: In the Shadow of Spindrift House



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H their middle and high school years Now on the verge of adulthood Harlowe Upton Jones is looking for one big case to try to keep them all from rifting apart Answer Suad it wasn t so on the nose as to lock us into a single segment of the teen sleuths solve mysteries try not to Looking for the Toffees die horribleeaths market Although the biggest mystery to Harlow why her parents were brutally murdered by cultists while leaving her infant self unharmed was never one she brought the group together to solveAt least she Raising Gods Girl didn t until her research brought her to Spindrift House and the offer of a large payout should they find proof of the legal owners Spindrift House has had a greateal of time to The Gulag Handbook decide what it wants to be and what it wants to be is unforgiving I will admit that I am a fan of both Scooby Doo and Lovecraft so the combination was an instant like for me These four main characters had a lot of history shared with us much with Harlowe and her foster brother Kevin than with the twins Andy and Addison take away anyone of us and we ceased to function Theynamics between them were just what you would expect between long time friends I especially enjoyed the hints of The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion dark humor and sarcasm Iid not want to go to Miskatonic I wanted to attend a school where the number of surviving graduates exceeded the number on the In Memoriam page of the yearbook Once at this house the atmosphere takes over completely We have a large mansion overseeing the nightly Ocean The town below mostly Will in the World deserted as the waters inexorably claim and of the land each passing minute The fact that Spindrift House is still solidly standing is alone enough to give it that extra air of mystery There is no uestion that the house is haunted that is simple fact There is so much happening here on a psychological level that really makes this story stand out From theifferent impre I fell in love with Julie Dillon s cover illustration at first sight It s so June Fourth Elegies delightfully ominous and between the house that should be mine and the promise of tentacled creepiness I was sold I may have already been sold by the fact that my all time favourite author wrote it but even if I hadn t that illustration would have clinched theeal Having said that this is the first SeananMira book I ve read where I Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes didn t fall in love at first page and I feel like I ve somehow failed as a reader Spindrift House has had a greateal of time to ecide what it wants to be and what it wants to be is unforgiving On a hillside in Port Mercy Maine A Healthy Place for Families you will find Spindrift House It was built some time in the 1800 s and while local legends isagree on many of the Der Illusionist details everyone agrees it was built by someone who wasn t a local someone whoied soon afterwards by falling from its widow s walkThere s a mystery about Spindrift House that needs to be solved and the Answer Suad this book s Mystery Incorporated euivalent minus Scooby Doo and Scooby Snacks are certain they re up for the task The Answer Suad areHarlowe cryptography fanatic mystery freak beloved nerd Harlowe the brains of the Suad is a girl with a tragic past She s in love with Addison and is the foster sister of KevinKevin foster brother of Harlowe Kevin lives on a family farm with his mother he has an older brother and adores his pet chickens He Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue doesn tateAddison best friend of Harlowe and Andy s twin She snores and shares the role of being the beauty and being the bruiser with AndyAndy Addison s twin He s the uiet one and has anxiety The Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, difficulty with being a recognized member of a teenetective club is that teen was always a limited time offer Harlowe Ask the Past doesn t want to lose her found family and hopes that solving the mystery of Spindrift House will keep the Suad together Once we reached Spindrift House nothing would be simple or predictable We were counting on it The word for a simple predictable mystery is solved This is a Mira Grant novella There s no such thing as simpleAnd you may want to stop reading now because I m about to go off on a really weird tangent but for some reason I can t help myself Don t say Iidn t warn youSo I m not one to shy away from telling anyone who will listen about Seanan McGuire Every Heart a Doorway was life changing for me and secured her place as my favourite author of all time While I still have many many of her books to read I ve figured out that while written by the same literary extraordinaire and having Riding Class (Saddle Club, definite similarities Seanan and Mira books haveifferent flavours It s like they re both caramel but Mira books are salted caramel or perhaps because of the sciency bits they re like NaCh caramel While this book was labelled salted caramel it felt like caramel with some geometry so maybe caramel of a specific shape one without straight lines While I love all caramel I was expecting one type and although there were traces of it I also found of the type I wasn t expecting Why Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, did I use that analogy Now not only have I confused myself I m hungry too Some mysteries aren t meant to be solved Anyway while I enjoyed this read I m notesperate to reread it and that s a first for me with SeananMira I Different Class didn t connect with these characters the ending felt rushed and I feel like I somehow messed up an incantation or something because Iidn t feel the magic I ve experienced while reading literally every other book of hers so far Content warnings include mention of Short Stories by Roald Dahl death by suicide and view spoilerstillbirth hide spoiler. Nd her friends agree to investigate the mystery behind the manor theyo so on the assumption that they’ll be going Goldilocks the Three Bears down in history as the ones whoetermined who built Spindrift House and why The house has secrets They have the skills They have a plan They have everything they need to solve the mysteryEverything they need except for time Because Spindrift House keeps its secrets for a reason and it has no intention of letting them

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This was an easy breezy read so much so that I finished it in a single sitting today I m always scrambling to snag a NetGalley copy of these Subterranean Press stories that MiraSeanan writes they are only available as special edition hardcovers that are gorgeous but cost a pretty penny once they re published I evour any and everything that the author writes and while I enjoyed it it idn t uite live up to whatever expectations I had set up in my mind I m not a huge Lovecraft fan but this being a very Lovecraft esue novel I Socialist Realism decided to enjoy it for what it was My biggest complaint is simply the fact that it felt very normal for what the author typically writes This novel was very light on the science aspect but it also wasn t scary or horrific in the way I was hoping for Aside This felt tailor made for me a gang of late teens in a Scooby Doo style mystery suadecide to unravel the mysteries of a haunted house and there turns out to be an auatic horror angle It was great and I knew I was going to love it but ultimately I wanted Concept Pacing 12Substance Mira Grant can write well and that s an obvious I Look Up To... Michelle Obama detail for In the Shadow of Spindrift House Regardless of the plot or the characters I loved reading this story purely because the paragraphs were gorgeous Harlowe her foster brother Kevin and their two best friends Addison and Andy are a teenage mystery solving group in the Chicago area with very strong Scooby Doo vibes Harlowe hears about this unsolved haunted house case in Maine involving a place called Spindrift House and she convinces the group to try to piece together its mysteries In case you couldn t guess it the house is seriously messed up and the people who try to live thereie Spook factor greatOnce in the house things go sour and the house shorror elementuickly takes center stage I say uickly because the entire novel is 200 pages I can t go into spoilers but the action and resolution of this book was both incredibly satisfying and underwhelming in eual parts mostly Doctor Extraño due to its pacing and lack of space to explore each new plot point I loved what was happening I just couldn t help but feel like we were speeding by the good bits Maybe this wasue to the fact that there was a significant portion of the first half evoted to the mystery suad s origins told in narrative info ump style amidst present Never Tell day action and therefore I expected an eual amount of attention to be paid to the haunted house element Regardless this was the main reason I was letown However Feminism is for Everybody despite my overall underwhelmed feelings about the ending after settingown In the Shadow of Spindrift House the takeaway feeling was positive I liked the horror element very original and reminiscent of Lovecraft I liked the writing style and I liked Harlowe from the limited window the novel allows you to see A solid entry into this subset of horror and a killer shortish tale for a Deterring Democracy dark n IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE is such a perfect novel that I am rendered speechless It s soeserving of praise but I am too awestruck to Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, deliver it the horror the characterizations the familial friendship the setting and for this reader the intense Lovecraftianness yes I coined that word of Spindrift House and its owners and those Called to it are beyo My thanks to Subterranean Press and Netgalley I will read anything and everything from Mira Grant I love this wo IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE by Mira Grant the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire is a story that may not be that frightening but it sure is interesting The cover itself made me think this must be a Lovecraftian story and I was right there is something wrong with Spindrift House Something very very wrong And that s what Harlowe Upton Jones and her friends about to find outREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION Thanks to Subterranean Press and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest reviewEveryone who knows me or follows my reviews knows that I adore Seanan McGuireMira Grant Her prose is magnificent her worlds areeep and inviting even when they re terrifying and her characters become real on the pageThis story is no Hunters Heart different She paints a brief picture of the history of the house a history of the three main characters outside of the narrator and a history of Harlowe inside whose head we reside As their journey into Spindrift Houseeepens so Menneskefluene (K2 does the sense of foreboding at how the story will play outI won t spoil anything but there seem to be some Lovecraftian elements to the story that you should be aware of some peopleon t like that kind of storyAll in all my biggest complaint is that this would have made a much better long novel than this uasi novella length I wanted a Nazi Gold deeper scarier bigger story But since Seanan has mastered the short story length this one still had all the components needed to be complete and good It just left me wanting that much WARNING this is of a reader response than incisive lit crit in case the lady who huffed at my review of the last mira grant novella for not being informative enough hasn t gotten around to unfollowing me yetespite announcing she was going toto rip off the band aid i Mr Majeika and the School Inspector didn t love this onei firstiscovered this on the subterranean press site i saw mira grant and i saw a cover with a spoooky house i somehow missed the NUMEROUS tentacles writhing up from below if you know me you know i Selected Poems do not like lovecraft and not just because his horribly rac. Nature abhors a straight line The natural world is a place of curves and softened edges of gentle mists and welcoming spirals Nature rememberseviation; nature oes not forgiveFor Harlowe Upton Jones life has never been a straight line Shipped off to live with her paternal grandparents after a mysterious cult killed her mother and father she has grown up chasing the uestion behind the curve becoming part of a tight knit teen etective.

Ist and misogynist views are a shameful blight on the reputation of my birth state little rhody i m perfectly comfortable separating an author s life from their work since everyone s pretty much terrible and if his specific brand of horror had ever been appealing to me in any way i Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 d simply shrug off his toxic opinions and focus on the oh so spooky shivers within and importantly it wouldn t prevent me from appreciating contemporary horror writers who continued in the lovecraftian tradition many of whom lovecraft would have hated because of those toxic opinions but i juston tand i have triedwhen i turned 30 i ecided to reevaluate all the foods i had previously enounced as from the The Train Robbers devil reasoning that my officially adulted palate would have become refined enough to appreciate what made my baby taste buds recoil happily i ended up coming around on a number of foods but not olives olives are never going to taste good to me likewise i have actively tried reading lovecraftian authors and i ve occasionally stumbled unaware into lovecraft infused books by authors i already like but there s just something about his steez that clangs right off of me and my readerheart says no lovecraft is my olives so even though i love mira grant i just couldn t get over the briny taste of lovecraft in this one which might have been in part because i had not seen the admittedly very prominent tentacles and was caught off guard when it started going thataway and maybe MAYBE i could have gotten past it if it weren t for those Meddling Kids which is a scoobyoo meets lovecraft story in which the scooby gang or here the Answer Suad is all grown up and investigating one last haunted house together that turns out to be pretty No Reason To Die darn lovecrafty and there arerugs and eath and one of the girls has a crush on the other girl which is also exactly what this is although the cantero is mostly a goofy romp while this one is pure horror with mira grant s trademark on t get attached attitude to her characters and sans a scooby readers who are not me will probably enjoy it very much but between the been here Raking The Ashes done this of the cantero book and the hate being here hateoing this of the lovecraft elements this is a pretty clear case of a not for me book by an otherwise beloved authorfor you people with will wait for it to come to netgalley as usual oh this pauper s lifecome to my blog Humanity is an aberration an affront upon all that is right and true and holy What a ride It never ceases to amaze me the way Mira Grant can fit such a thoroughly well Ellie (Ellie, developedeep story into so few pages There are countless writers who reuire hundreds of pages to Dear Office-Politics do what she cano in a few chapters and it astounds me every time This one took me a bit to get invested into but I think that must have been singularly to blame upon my horrible four month long reading slump because by the time that slump passed I Thomas Harriott devoured this novella and wasevastated when it ended It is a graveyard for the small and a playground for the vast as all graveyards must be for tragedy is so often a matter of perspective First I want to talk about how casually and effortlessly A Mistletoe Kiss diverse this is just like nearly everything else I ve had the pleasure of reading from this author our narrator is an out lesbian who happens to be tragically in love with her best friend the narrator s adopted brother suffers from tremendous levels of anxiety and our side characters are Asian American There s also an implication towards a character being aromantic but it s never stated explicitly on page Spindrift House has been allowed for most of its long and lonely existence to stand alone Next there s the beautiful writing I must have highlighted nearly half the novella in my kindle because there were so many incredible uotes Mira has this way of painting scenery through metaphors that feels totally and uniuely her own and it always leaves me with the vague consideration of getting entire paragraphs of her stories tattooed on random places on my body just for theaily reminder that any one human being could be so capable of leaving such vast impressions on me with the uietest statements Spindrift House has had a great Intimate Strangers deal of time toecide what it wants to be and what it wants to be is unforgiving And finally there s the story itself While there s something fantastically nostalgic about the Scooby Doo esue feel to this little mystery solving gang all grown up it never Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book diminishes the looming threat that Spindrift House plays out over the entire cast of characters There s a touch of bizarro and Lovecraftian inspiration to the events that occur in these pages with a greateal of The Hidden Jewels dark fantasy twisted in and it s alleliciously chillingWhether you re a long time horror lover or someone who only Chaplin dips their toe into the genre from time to time I cannot recommend highly enough that you take a visit to Spindrift House and see what its seasideecay has in store for you All uotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Subterranean Press for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE by Mira Grant is a book that mixes mystery Lovecraftian horror and a group of four teenaged friends who solved local mysteries together Think the Scooby Doo gang without Scooby Doo and you ll get the picture The Answer Suad as they were collectively known as had been together all throug. Agency But “teen” is a limited time offer and when her friends start looking for adult professions it’s up to Harlowe to find them one last case so that they can go out in a blaze of gloryWelcome to Spindrift HouseThe stories and legends surrounding the Fair Game decrepit property are countless and contradictory but one thing is clear there are people willing to pay a greateal to etermine the legal ownership of the house When Harlowe

Seanan McGuireBorn and raised in Northern California Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies horrible viruses and the inevitable threat of the living dead In college she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep Away Survival Camp where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallengedMira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats horror movies comics and books about horrible diseases When not writing she splits her time between travel auditing college virology courses and watching horror movies than is strictly good for you Favorite vacation spots include Seattle London and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville AlabamaMira sleeps with a machete under her bed and highly suggests that you do the same