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The Haunting of Winchester Mansion, Book 0 by Alexandria Clarke

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I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars

Bailey and Bodhi Taylor are house flippers. Buying homes, renovating them, and reselling, Bailey gets most of their finds through their personal blog. When a gentleman by the name of Milo offers them a deal they can’t refuse, they pack up and head for Black Bay, WA and end up getting far more than they bargained for.

Ok. I can’t help it. I have to get this out of the way. Bodhi makes a statement about how it “rains a hell of a lot in Washington.” I know it’s petty, but I live here and if there is one thing that irritates me, it’s how everyone seems to think it does nothing but rain in Washington. It doesn’t. At least not the majority of the state anyway. I will forgive the author somewhat though, only because the setting seems to be closer to Seattle, which does get more rain than the rest of us. But even still, it rains more on the east coast of the US than it does on the west. Maybe I shouldn’t be bothered, but when you live in the  area of Washington that sees mostly sun year round (which is a good portion of the state actually) and people constantly ask you how you handle all the rain “over there”….well, it gets a bit irritating. Seattle is not Washington State. Ok. Rant over. Let’s move on……

I loved this story!!! Well aside from that one part mentioned above. *major side eye still looking your way* The total bummer though is that it’s not actually a short story as much as it’s a prequel to the first book in the series…..and it ends with a cliffhanger. Ugh! Something to keep in mind if you were looking for a short tale that wraps everything up nicely at the end. It doesn’t. But it definitely leaves you wanting more and not just because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. It is well written and completely engrossing. The main characters are well developed and intense with all the emotions running through them. You can feel it flowing off the pages. The town in description is quaint and seems friendly but there is something about it and its residents that is also creepy and unsettling. You can’t put your finger on it…you just feel it. To know if that feeling is correct, you will have to read the first book in this new series. I have already added it to my “to read” list.

Total pages: 91, Nook edition

Available on Amazon at the link below:

The Haunting of Winchester Mansion, Book 0

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The Haunting of Winchester Mansion, Book 0

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