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The Island House, by Posie Graeme-Evans

Melissa Eisenmeier

I finished reading The Island House by Posie Graeme-Evans yesterday. It was interesting. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would describe it as “Goosebumps for adults”. The Island House has a bit more violence, sex, and romance than the Goosebumps books, but it’s still a little scary.

The book alternates between the stories of Freya, an archaelogy grad student who moves to a house on a Scottish island circa 2011 after inheriting it when her father dies, and Signy, a pagan living approximately 1200 years before Freya’s time. As a child, Signy was taken in by local Christians after her family was killed by raiders. Shortly after arriving on the island, Freya starts seeing creepy visions.

I really liked the relationship between Freya and Katherine, her father’s girlfriend. Katherine ended up being my favourite character, although I liked Freya and empathised with Dan, one of Freya’s father’s friends.

Overall, I liked The Island House a lot. I thought it was an interesting book, and I really enjoyed the setting. Apparently, Stan Lee liked it a lot, too, since he kept laying on the book whenever I tried to read it.


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