I think the best word to describe this book is atmospheric: from page one I was plunged into the beautiful, lonely town where Ben Tierney lives. He moved his wife and kids from New York City to Swannhaven, hoping for a fresh start on the acres of forest and meadow he purchased, along with a rambling estate that is, even at its best, slightly creepy. Duffy's writing is what makes the story stand out: one minute he's lovingly describing the breadth of a country sunset, the next he is scaring the daylights out of you. And everything in this book is scary, from the wind screaming through the eaves of the expensively remodeled estate, to the malevolent watcher in the woods, to the townspeople who are straight out of a Shirley Jackson story - and I couldn't put it down! I made the mistake of reading this at night, which meant I had to read it all the way through or risk nightmares. Even still, I loved House of Echoes and I look forward to Duffy's next book!— Lauren
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