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In the Shadow of Spindrift House

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Nature abhors a straight line. The natural world is a place of curves and softened edges, of gentle mists and welcoming spirals. Nature remembers deviation; nature does not forgive.

For Harlowe Upton-Jones, life has never been a straight line. Shipped off to live with her paternal grandparents after a mysterious cult killed her mother and father, she has grown up chasing th
Hardcover, Deluxe Limited, 200 pages
Published June 30th 2019 by Subterranean Press
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Shannon Rob Thurman's "Cal Leandros" books are pretty good. Her stuff, like Seanan McGuire's, has a different, darker feel than the other Urban Fantasy I have…moreRob Thurman's "Cal Leandros" books are pretty good. Her stuff, like Seanan McGuire's, has a different, darker feel than the other Urban Fantasy I have read. I have not read her Mira Grant stuff yet, so I do not know if there is a significant difference in the writing, or if she just uses a different name to switch genres. (less)

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Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
WARNING: this is more of a reader-response than incisive lit crit, in case the lady who huffed at my review of the last mira grant novella for not being informative enough hasn't gotten around to unfollowing me yet, despite announcing she was going to.

to rip off the band-aid - i didn’t love this one.

i first discovered this on the subterranean press site. i saw “mira grant” and i saw a cover with a spoooky house. i somehow missed the NUMEROUS tentacles writhing up from below.

if you know me, you
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to Subterranean Press and Netgalley. I will read anything and everything from Mira Grant. I love this woman! She has managed to scare the crap out of me often! Zombies? ✔Mermaids? ✔Viruses? You get the idea. So, I went into this book expecting big things. Unfortunately, it starts with teenage monster hunters. Eh, it's Mira Grant, "I told myself" how bad can it be? Well.....If I'm honest, it's not a bad story at all. But, it seemed more of a Seanann story than a Mira story. I'm not a fa ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: karen
This was an easy, breezy read, so much so that I finished it in a single sitting today. I'm always scrambling to snag a NetGalley copy of these Subterranean Press stories that Mira/Seanan writes; they are only available as special edition hardcovers that are gorgeous but cost a pretty penny once they're published. I devour any and everything that the author writes, and while I enjoyed it, it didn't quite live up to whatever expectations I had set up in my mind. I'm not a huge Lovecraft fan, but ...more
Thanks to Subterranean Press and Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone who knows me or follows my reviews knows that I adore Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant. Her prose is magnificent, her worlds are deep and inviting (even when they're terrifying), and her characters become real on the page.

This story is no different. She paints a brief picture of the history of the house, a history of the three main characters outside of the narrator, and a history
Fungi From Yuggoth
IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE is such a perfect novel that I am rendered speechless. It's so deserving of praise, but I am too awestruck to deliver it! the horror, the characterizations, the familial friendship, the setting, and for this reader, the intense "Lovecraftianness" (yes, I coined that word) of Spindrift House and its "owners" and those Called to it, are beyond my ability to express. Mira Grant is an extraordinary writer, and as much as I loved INTO THE DARKEST DEEPS, I may just lov ...more
The Captain
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandon-ship
I really love Mira Grant and Subterranean Press but I ended up abandoning ship with this one. I could not get into this story no matter how many times I started the first chapter. I ended up being both bored and confused. Ye can't win them all I guess. Though it was very nice of Subterranean Press to give me a review copy. I hope this one finds its proper audience. Arrrr!
Amy Imogene Reads
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
3.75 stars, rounded up

This felt tailor-made for me—a gang of late teens in a Scooby Doo-style mystery squad decide to unravel the mysteries of a haunted house, and there turns out to be an aquatic horror angle. It was great and I knew I was going to love it, but ultimately I wanted more.

Concept: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Substance: ★★★

Mira Grant can write well, and that's an obvious detail for In the Shadow of Spindrift House. Regardless of the plot or the characters, I loved reading this story purel
4 Out Of 5 STARS

๏  Highlights ๏

Teen Investigating
Nautical-Themed Paranormal
Creepy House
Poetic Writing

๏  My Thoughts ๏

This cover, wow, this one is fantabulous.

With its poetic, atmospheric writing and the creep-factor of the Spindrift House itself, I found myself drawn to this story.  While, considered to be a Novella, but still clocking in at 200 pages, it ultimately reads fairly quickly, almost too quickly...because the ending is rather abrupt. 

Mira Grant also writes as Seanan McGuire and
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mira Grant is someone I’ve always associated with oversized books for undersized (YA) audience. And so accordingly I’ve stayed away. But then this one showed up on Netgalley, advertised as scary, non YA and very reasonably sized at 200 pages, so I figured I’d give it a try. And now I can say I’ve tried Mira Grant and…underwhelmed. This book did honestly go for scary, specifically cosmic. Spindrift isn’t merely haunted and possessed, it’s haunting and possessing. And it sits by the sea and beneat ...more
Feb 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
I don’t even have to know anything about it. I want it now!
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

And as always with anything by Seanan/Mira, I have to read it IMMEDIATELY because I have absolutely no chill. I would describe this novella as kind of a mix between her other novella Rolling in the Deep and Edgar Cantero's Meddling Kids. As always, she really manages to make her characters come to life immediately and it's cool to see her take on a more Lovecraftian approach to her horror novellas as well.

My only complaint is that I wish it were
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
It pains me whenever I read a book by one of the few authors whose work I follow and it doesn’t work out for me. (Tone officially set for this review, right?) In the Shadow of Spindrift House has the worst first chapter I’ve ever read by Mira Grant. Twenty plus pages telling us that this house was No Good and that there Are Legends. It took me a while just to get through the first chapter. Mostly because I would read a couple of pages, groan, put it down for a while and then come back to it.

Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

In the Shadow of Spindrift House is a dark, atmospheric story about the ruthlessness of nature and a haunted house near the sea, as well as Scooby-Doo like group of mystery solvers who have aged out of cuteness and must decide what comes next. I don't want to say too much about the plot because it is a short novella, but it sucks you in with beautiful prose and dark imagery and keep you reading with the certainty that things are not going to end well. I do wish it had kep
Penny Noble
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, I almost quit. The language was a little too flowery for me, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I stuck with it because I do like this author whatever name she writers under. After a little bit, the plot picked up, and I found out more what was going on, and I got to know the characters. I’ve read the term Lovecraftian associated with this novella, and I have to agree, with maybe a little horror thrown in. As with this author’s other works, this boo ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
IN THE SHADOW OF SPINDRIFT HOUSE by Mira Grant (the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire) is a story that may not be that frightening, but it sure is interesting. The cover itself made me think this must be a Lovecraftian story and I was right - there is something wrong with Spindrift House. Something very, very wrong. And, that's what Harlowe Upton-Jones and her friends about to find out.

May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The Spindrift House has secrets. Secrets it is willing to kill for.

This is another short one from Mira Grant. I liked it, but didn't love it.

I received a copy from Net Galley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital-arcs

As usual, novella was something completely different for MG. As another reviewed described it, this was The Scooby Gang meets Lovecraft. Funny, spooky, violent, oh my! I hope it turns into a series, I enjoyed it so much.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Subterranean Press. Trigger warnings: death, violence, blood, body horror, drowning, anxiety, anxiety attacks.

Harlowe and her friends are the group of teenagers known for solving mysteries in their small town, but people have less patience with meddling from near-adults. Her parents were murdered by a mysterious cult when she was younger and, sent to live with grandparents who could barely accommodate a child, Harlowe’s friends are
Laura (crofteereader)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 bumped up to 4 for hypnotic, descriptive prose.

I'm a big Mira Grant fan. That's an official, undeniable truth at this point. She has a way of illustrating the messy, knotted, and complicated relationships between characters with a history. It's evident in the dialogue and the way the characters move together and around each other. This was also fun because there were small nods to other works like Feed and Into the Drowning Deep in little turns of phrase and the way characters interact.

The s
Marcy Reads
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic story. I went into it with low expectations because of the low ratings. but I should have known better. I love Mira Grant and all her work, and this novella is no exception. I love how atmospheric it is, how weird it is and how heart wrenching it is.

Overall a quick gripping read!
Jenn Rieken
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Bear with me here, because this is going to sound weird: but this novella is very Scooby-Doo meets Lovecraft, and I mean that in the best way possible. Four teens are hired to solve a mystery regarding a haunted house on the coast of Maine, but the house has an agenda of its own, and shit gets crazy, as one would expect.

I enjoyed this story very much, but it felt extremely rushed. I wish this would have been a full length novel instead of a novella. There wasn't enough time to build the creepy
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Julie Dillon’s cover illustration at first sight. It’s so delightfully ominous and between the house that should be mine and the promise of tentacled creepiness I was sold. I may have already been sold by the fact that my all time favourite author wrote it but even if I hadn’t, that illustration would have clinched the deal. Having said that, this is the first Seanan/Mira book I’ve read where I didn’t fall in love at first page and I feel like I’ve somehow failed as a reader. ...more
Elena Linville
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, meh, horror
Stars: 2.5 out of 5.

You can read this review and more on my blog.

I have bad luck with Mira Grant books. Feed is about to join the permanent DNF pile because I have been stuck at 85% for over six months. Now this book...

I picked up In the Shadow of Spindrift House because of the cover and the decidedly lovecraftian vibe the blurb gave off. To be honest, the story manages to keep that feeling, since it deals with things slithering in the deep and observing the human race run its rat race from the
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This has become my second-favorite Mira Grant book. (Into the Drowning Deep will always hold that number one spot.) I was initially intrigued by the cover, which is gorgeous.

The introductory section about the house is flawless. I thought the "Answer Kids" storyline would surely pale in comparison, but was pleasantly surprised. (I believe only Seanan could write a story from the point of view of a haunted house and make it work.) While I did see some twists coming (carefully hinted at in the way
Tonya (Rustic Book Reviews)
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy!

I think this was my first book by Mira Grant but I have seen so many rave about her work. I can see why people enjoy her work. I really enjoyed this book. It definitely had its fair share of chilling moments. Anything with a spooky house gives me the chills.

I have noticed smaller ratings on this but I am not sure if that is because others enjoyed her work more so for that I will have to check out her other work but this was a solid 4 st
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Add one part Scooby-Doo to one part Lovecraft, sprinkle on a heavy dash of agony, and you end up with this delightful novella about friendship and family and the unnaturalness of straight lines.

Harlowe Upton and her three best friends are teen detectives who’ve left their teenage years behind and are wondering what comes next. What comes next turns out to be the mystery of Spindrift House, an old Victorian manor in a slowly-drowning New England
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received from NetGalley
Alysa H.
Mira Grant does Lovecraftian horror!

I enjoyed this, though nothing felt quite properly creepy to me until close to the end. Basically, the whole thing feels very Scooby-Doo up until a certain plot point, though the POV character, Harlowe, has had a more traumatic childhood than any member of the original Scooby Gang, and the story seems to take place in a world that accepts the existence of the supernatural to some degree. The Scooby feel seems intentional, but the veer from there into true hor
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Subterranean Press and NetGalley for the advance ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Scheduled Release: 6/30/2019
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I recently did a reread of Mira Grant’s INTO THE DROWNING DEEP and wrote a review earlier this month. I really enjoyed revisiting INTO THE DROWNING DEEP and I also really loved Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series in years past, so it is safe to say I am a fan! When I saw that she had a new upcoming release, I immediately requested it on NetGalley.

Liz (Quirky Cat)
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of In the Shadows of Spindrift House through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

In the Shadows of Spindrift House is the latest novella from Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire). It’s heavily influenced by Lovecraftian lore, so if you’re a fan of that tone and style of writing, then you’re surely going to love this one.
As you can probably surmise from the title, the plot of In the Shadows of Spindrift House circles around a house. It’s a disturbing tale, with cre
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Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp C
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