Here I Stay
Andrea Torgesen is certain that hard work is exactly what her younger brother Jim needs to help him recover from the trauma of a serious car accident—and turning a decrepit old mansion into a beautiful country inn seems to be the perfect project. But unearthly voices and eerie visions haunt Jim from almost the first instant he sets foot in the dreary old house. And his str...more
But by the end, I actually found myself disliking the younger brother even more. I found myself thinking yes, clearly you notice your sister's waiting on you hand and foot when it feels controlling or smothering, or when you're blaming her for surviving an accident,...more
This wasn't so much like that. I didn't care for the story. The main character, is controlling, rather selfish, and although hard working is over protective of her brother, a man that is very capable to do many things even with an injury.
I never could get to a point where I cared about any of the characters, whether the...more
There were many things I liked about Here I Stay . I loved the cranky old black cat, Satan, which sounds like a twin to my own cat and may have possibly been an immortal creature. The ghost story was very good here too and I liked the concept of the spirits having an effect on the moods and personalities of the characters. Last but not least, I always l...more
I found the main character thoroughly unlikeable, and even knowing about what she had been through did not help me feel any more sympathetic towards her - and her character did not grow during the book, just become more annoying.
I kept wading through this book waiting for something to happen, but it never did. Oh well, I guess something did at the end, but not w...more
Andrea has had sole custody of her younger brother since her father died tragically ten years before. When her brother, now nineteen, is involved in a terrible car accident, she pushes, begs, manipulates and does everything she possibly can to encourage him along including sinking all of her life savings into converting a house she inherited into a bed and breakfast. When her brother...more
I don't think I would call this a terrifying tale of ghosts, but the creep factor is there for sure.
The story drug on a bit. There were things I felt could have been left out without any cause of interrupt in the story.
Although I am a bit critical of this book, I still enjoyed it. The ending tugged at my heart...more
She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.