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Beth Massie is known for writing a wide variety of types of fiction — from cutting-edge horror to historical drama to young adult adventure tales. In general, Ms. Massie's horror fiction tends to be very dark and frequently centers around characters with severe warpage of the mind. It's almost a surprise to find that Homeplace is about as traditional as traditional gets — at least when you're talking about haunted houses, ghostly goings-on, long-dead witches, and small-town settings filled with ...more
Although Homeplace was well written, the story wasn't nearly as original as I would expect from Elizabeth Massie. Her first novel, Sineater, is the best debut horror novel from any author in the genre. So, granted, she had a lot to live up to with her latest book. However, things really didn't happen until around page 200, and then when it did, I just didn't care anymore. The first death (this doesn't give anything away) happened in broad daylight and it seemed almost comical in its description. ...more
Charlene Meyers thinks she has been given a gift when she inherits the house and land of "Homeplace," but things quickly take a dark turn. She begins to remember odd and frightening events from her childhood visit to the house and experiences things that eventually drive her out of the house for short periods, "hauntings" she calls them. One of the only redeeming qualities of the house is its proximity to Andrew Marshall, and attractive writer whom Charlene becomes very taken with. But, will ...more