The House in the Hills by Rowan Hanlon


Published by Reverberator Books

2 stars


The House Always Wins…

A young couple is surprised to find out their ultra cool mid-century modern Hollywood Hills dream house has a past steeped in blood and debauchery. But when the house starts exhibiting paranormal activity, they realize they’ve truly gotten more than they bargained for.

The House in the Hills is a novel about how the house of your dreams can sometimes turn into a nightmare.

Harmony and Marc are the *it* couple, both attractive and successful, now all they need to do is buy the house to match. When Marc finds a beautiful mid-century house in Hollywood hills, going for far less than the market price – he just has to have it!
Obviously there’s a sinister reason behind cheap real estate, and in this case it’s the dark history of the house, a history that’s going to haunt the new homeowners (shameless pun, don’t care!).
It’s the *it* couple status of Harmony and Marc that makes them both so unbearable. I’m not sure that’s what the author intended as they made a point of saying how nice the characters were, but their actions said something very different – they’re both awful to each other and obsessed with appearances and possessions. The writing itself goes off on a tangent sometimes (when describing the architecture of the house in particular) and could do with being a bit tighter.

The haunted house element of this house is predictable and relies heavily on traditional tropes, it’s light on the gore so I would recommend it for readers looking for softer horror or those dipping their toe into the genre.

4 thoughts on “The House in the Hills by Rowan Hanlon

      • shalini says:

        Omg omg, can you do that? I read bird box by josh mallerman and found it exciting. I would love a list to get rid of my fear of fear and go into my love of fear 😘😉😂

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      • Nia says:

        Consider it done! I’ll write a post in the next few days with different slices of horror genre (haunted house/gothic romance/ teen slasher etc) and recommendations for each one 😊


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