Review: The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

Author: Cherie Priest
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: September 20, 2016
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

The Family Plot is the latest paranormal mystery to come from the mind of Cherie Priest (the author who brought us Boneshaker, Maplecroft, and more).

Chuck Dutton runs a family business called the Music City Salvage. They specialize in tearing down historic properties, which are just about as dirty and dull as you might imagine. Naturally, that means Chuck didn’t hesitate to take a new tear-down with a high reward.

Only when he and his family get to the property, they realize that they were not told the full story, and those secrets may very well cost them everything.

“This may be a shitty work environment, but OSHA doesn’t have any guidelines when it comes to ghosts. We’ll have to make up our own as we go.”

The Family Plot is very much a new take on the classic haunted house story, making it perfect for reading this time of year. I love the idea of one family going in with the intent of tearing down a haunted building – without having any clue what they’re in for.

That setting combined with clever writing and surprisingly quippy characters resulted in a pretty fun read. I liked Dahlia and her sense of humor. It worked to balance out everything else that was going on.

Honestly, if I say anything more about The Family Plot, I will risk spoiling something, so I’m going to cut this review short. Be sure to read it if you like haunted houses!

Thanks to Tor Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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