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Highly Recommended!



I love YA novels, and The Secrets of Hawthorne House is no exception! Fifteen-year-old Matt Mitchell is having one of the worst summers imaginable. His sadness starts when his mother dies in a tragic car accident. Matt’s grieving father is unable to remain in the family’s seaside cottage, so he decides to move Matt and his twin sister as far away as possible from the place they all loved. But their relocation to the small town of Hawthorne only makes Matt’s life more difficult, due to three bullies at his new school going out of their way to making Matt’s life miserable and unbearable. Making matters worse, Matt hears that the recluse living in the run-down Victorian mansion next door is none other than Old Lady Hawthorne––the town’s infamous murderer of wayward husbands. The book offers many hair-raising moments captured within the eerie Hawthorne House. This book would have easily deserved five stars, if not for several editing issues. Still, this one comes highly recommended.

~Michael Rowland,  TopShelf Reviews