Malice House by Megan Shepherd

Malice House is a well-written dark mystery where things go bump in the night.


After leaving her marriage, with nowhere else to go, Haven Marbury moves into her late father’s house. She wants to see if there’s anything she can sell to scrounge up some sorely-needed cash. Haven’s father was a prolific author with an adoring fan base, so she’s sure there ought to be something of value.

As she’s sifting through items in the attic, she discovers a yellowing unpublished manuscript called Bedtime Stories for Monsters. It’s unlike any of her father’s previous works, but Haven is positive any publisher would jump at the chance of getting it into the hands of readers. And if Haven could attach her name and illustrations to the manuscript, it could be the break she needs to jump-start her career as an artist.

While Haven is figuring out these details, bodies turn up dead near her property, and inexplicable terrors begin to occur in her old house.

Review of Malice House

This horror/mystery solely follows Haven’s perspective. Initially, I found it engaging, but it started to lag around the middle. But then the conclusion picked up at a break-neck speed with so many things happening seemingly at once. Haven made some unwise choices and ignores a slew of red flags, but it did make the story intriguing.

Since this is a horror story, there are many dark and gruesome themes throughout that may not be for everyone. The author did a stellar job of creating an ominous and disorienting atmosphere.

So, all-in-all, Malice House is a great read for the spooky season.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Expected Publication: 04 October 2022

Thank you to Hyperion Avenue for granting my wish via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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