Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Renovation by Sara Brooke [3 stars]

From the Description


It all started with a leaky roof.

Or did it?

Something bad is happening in the small picturesque town of Oak Shade, Florida.

The Brennier family has just moved into their new home, and they are excited about the prospect of a new life. A new beginning.

But things don't always go as planned.

Almost immediately, their beautiful home starts to fall into disrepair. And there's that strange thing happening in the attic…

Their call for help to a local repair company quickly becomes a different cry for help.

And their lives begin to crumble as the situation gets stranger and more disruptive.

It soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems, and a simple renovation could mean the deconstruction of their lives.



Publication Date: September 1, 2016

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press

Publication Length: 291 pages


Renovation is reminiscent of This House Possessed (1981) with the addition of demons. A mostly happy family moves to a small town to start over only to find that their dream home isn't quite what it seems (queue the creepy music) luckily for them a renovation company just happens to be driving by,,, unluckily they have their own agenda. I had a hard time getting into this story, the characters just never became real for me. Some of the scares were effective, the shower scene with Janice was absolutely horrific for me. This book was just mediocre for me, entertaining enough to finish but I wouldn't reread it. A middle of the road 3 star read.


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About the Author


Sara Brooke is an international Amazon bestselling author who writes horror and suspense novels.

A lifelong avid reader of all things scary, Sara's childhood dream was to write books that force readers to sleep with their lights on.

Her first novel, Still Lake was released Spring 2012.

Sara's influences and favorite authors include Bentley Little and John Saul.

She is presently working on her next novel.

You can find out more at her WEBSITE or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads



"Sara Brooke has written a nice Gothic horror story that has twinges of Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives with a twist of Bentley Little, but on a much darker, sordid level." – HellNotes on Kransen House


"This novel is taut, well-plotted, and well-characterized…" – Mallory Heart Reviews on Still Lake


"…a body horror reminiscent of Eli Roth’s movie from 2002 – ‘Cabin Fever.’ Unlike Roth’s movie, the characters are actually very likeable, so much so in fact that I felt gutted for them at the end. They are a naïve bunch, young, dumb and full of…!" –Adrian Shotbolt on Gardens of Babylon


This review is based on an advanced copy provided by Sinister Grin Press and Hook of a Book Media and Publicity