Bliss House

Bliss House

Book - 2014
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Amidst the lush farmland and orchards in Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878 as a country retreat, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Decades of strange occurrences, disappearances and deaths have plagued the house, yet it remains vibrant. And very much alive. Rainey Bliss Adams desperately needed a new start when she and her daughter Ariel relocated from St. Louis to Old Gate and settled into the house where the Bliss family had lived for over a century. Rainey{u2019}s husband had been killed in a freak explosion that left her 14 year-old daughter Ariel scarred and disfigured. At the grand housewarming party, Bliss House begins to reveal itself again. Ariel sees haunting visions: the ghost of her father, and the ghost of a woman being pushed to her death off of an upper floor balcony, beneath an exquisite dome of painted stars. And then there is a death the night of the party. Who is the murderer in the midst of this small town? And who killed the woman in Ariel's visions? But Bliss House is loath to reveal its secrets, as are the good folks of Old Gate.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Crime,, 2014.
Edition: First Pegasus books cloth edition June 2014.
ISBN: 9781605985725
Branch Call Number: FIC BENE
Characteristics: 446 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 25, 2014

Soap-opera-like ghost story filled with one-dimensional characters. It was a quick read, but the somewhat early reveal of "whodoneit" made me less interested in getting through the 1/4th of a book that remained. The novel had its quaint moments and some rather gruesome moments. Was the author aiming for a cozy ghost story? Or something much darker?

I think the author had a good idea on her hands, but the execution of it came off a bit rough. I may give future Bliss House novels a try (she wants to explore its dark past); hopefully they'll be a bit more thrilling than this one.

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 04, 2014

consequences from long ago actions abound. Once I got into it had to spend all morning reading to finish it


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