Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman … A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…
A Suitable Lie by the author was one of my top reads of last year so I was very excited to see he had a new book coming out and couldn’t wait to read it.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the book description, in a way it sounded like the perfect story line for a horror film, of which it isn’t a horror by the way, but it definitely has hints of it in there.
Ranald is down on his luck. He has a broken marriage behind him and due to events from his childhood it has left him very damaged as well as having to take medication for his bipolar. The inheritance of a house from an uncle he knew nothing about comes as a bit of a shock to say the least, but a good one.
I loved the description of the house with it’s eye catching grounds, indoor swimming pool and best of all, the library. There was only the lift that had me very wary as from the first time Ranald comes across it, we know there is something sinister about it.
Ranald’s childhood and his parents were something that intrigued me right from the start. It was a part of his past that I was dying to know more about, especially his mother. As the story goes along we get to find out the skeletons in the closet as it were. Some of the things that Ranald finds out about his parents as well as his family were quite shocking and disturbing. It made my heart go out to Ranald even more though.
House Of Spines is a story that will have you hooked right from the very start. It takes you deep into one mans life and mind and has you questioning what is real. It is a journey of discovery that certainly held some surprises with some unexpected twists. Great book!
My thanks to Orenda Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
House of Spines is available to purchase from Amazon.