Non ancora pubblicato in Italia. Un manoscritto segreto, una casa infestata, e mostri da un altro mondo per una lettura mozzafiato.

First of all, I recommend not to read this novel before bed. I stupidly did and I so got into the story that then I started jumping at the smallest noise before finally falling asleep. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this novel. I did. The chilling and claustrophobic atmosphere, the mystery surrounding the protagonist’s father and his secret manuscript, and all the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.

The protagonist is a young aspiring artist, Haven Marbury, whose inclination to drinking wine make a bit unreliable. Also, she is keeping a secret regarding her marriage that keeps you wondering until the end. The novel starts with Haven arriving at her father’s house to clear it out following his death. He was a renowned and celebrated author and, among his Pulitzer-winning works, she finds a manuscript that was never published, probably because it is completely different from his other works. Bedtime Stories for Monsters is, as the title implies, filled with horrific monsters that live between this and another word. Fascinated by the stories, Haven starts illustrating the characters created by her father, hoping to have a father-daughter publication. However, as quite a few people start to show interest in this mysterious manuscript, the creatures created by her father come to life. Are the monsters real? And is the house as haunted as his father claimed?

Malice House is not for the faint-hearted. It is not a relaxing and easy read, but it is a novel that will keep you on your toes the entire time and make you check that doors are locked in the evening. If you like this kind of story, then you are going to love Malice House!