It’s September, and Margaret knows the month is just going to get worse. The house walls will start bleeding, slowly but surely. The pranksters will start to show up one by one. And by the end of the month, she’ll be exhausted from lack of sleep due to the constant screaming inside the house. After four years in her dream home, Margaret knows all the rules, and how to survive. But when her husband Hal ends up missing and her daughter Katherine shows up to investigate, all of Margarets rules are being put to the test and the house’s secrets are about to be exposed.
Ahh! I loved this book. If you are a fan of weirdly dark and funny thrillers or horror stories, this book is for you! It’s a cross between a Grady Hendrix, Mona Awad, and a Joe Hill book, and I am here for it. The story kept me guessing the entire time, and just Margaret’s entire personality had me chuckling. I loved the way she was crafted and her interactions with the house and its ghosts. I could have enjoyed a book twice this size with just our ghost’s and Margaret as characters. They were all perfectly crafted, and I adored them, in the weird way people love creepy things.
My least favorite thing about this book was the daughter, Katherine. She’s pretty insufferable and while she plays a pivotal role in the story, I actively groaned whenever she was involved.
I don’t want to give too much away, as to not spoil the story, but if you’re looking for a new Haunted House thriller with some dark humor than The September House is perfect for you! I can’t believe this was a debut and cannot wait to read more from Carissa Orlando!
https://amzn.to/3Z8I35oThe September House comes out September 5, 2023. Huge thank you to Berkley Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.