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It Will Just Be Us

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Sam Wakefield's ancestral home, a decaying mansion built on the edge of a swamp, isn't a place for children. Its labyrinthine halls, built by her mad ancestors, are filled with echoes of the past: ghosts and memories knotted together as one. In the presence of phantoms, it's all Sam can do to disentangle past from present in her daily life. But when her pregnant sister ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: August 11th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read dead people and they are in everywhere That son of faceless kid scared the living daylights out of me!!!

Another batshit crazy roller coaster ride I have, are you also in? Lets dive into blurb:

Two daughters live with their mother at the haunted mansion built at the edge of the swamp. (Yeap, they should sue the real estate manager, oh, wait a minute, they inherited that place, my bad!) It is a place like same production designer of Netflixs Haunting of Hill House worked on about the entire
Crystal Hiatt
"It is a house haunted by memory; it digests us, all of us, and spits us out again at random."

The Wakefield House is reminiscent of Winchester House. It's a labyrinth of corridors and rooms that echo the past, changing and transforming themselves at will. Phantom images of people and events of the house's history plays out like a movie reel. Even current residents are able to glimpse segments of their childhood memories-always there, unable to be forgotten.

This reads like a classic Southern
Lia (booksnpenguins)
What is it about things that horrify us that simultaneously attracts us? Like moths drawn to their own demise by candlelight, unable to look away from the burning beauty even as we draw closer, so close our flesh melts and sloughs off. The swamp, the shrouded in heavy mists and the odors of decay that conceal lurking predators and invisible quicksand, should warn all to stay away.
This is a bad place, the swamp communicates to us. Do not enter.

ARC requested on and provided by NetGalley.

I picked
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounding it to 5.0 stars! Full review on my blog soon.

It took me awhile to finish this. I would be lying if I say it didnt scare me because it really freaking did! Ive never read a Gothic/horror/mystery/thriller book in my entire life but this one is really good! I thought I wouldnt like this but the end really amaze, surprise and enlightens me.

This story is about a mansion, which is near a swamp, with a weird & scary family as what everyone calls them. There are ghosts, a swamp witch,
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Once this house has you, it doesn't let go."

This one reads almost like The Haunting Of Hill House, with Netflixs style of production. The book is slow-moving while maintaining its literary-horror atmosphere after the first pages, but holds your interest with some intriguing mysteries...

What secrets lie in the room at the end of the dim hallway of the third floor in Wakefield Manor?
Whats the identity of the faceless boy only she keeps seeing commit disturbing acts?

This one is unraveled early on
menna hafez
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I requested and received a Copy of this book from NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first novel to me by Jo Kaplan.
To be honest I am not big fan of horror stories but this one is good for me because it not contain a lot of scary scenes so I enjoyed it, especially this is debut for Jo .
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-horror
What a wild ride.

It took me a little bit to get into this. At the start I found the writing a bit pretentious I admit, the author substituting 20 words where one will do. The long flowery descriptions of everything was distracting and the sisters were bitchy and unlikeable. I had trouble getting into the story.

But that gradually changed. The long flowery descriptions became creepier, setting the scene for a thrilling ghost story that I devoured in two days. It has been a while since I read
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book back to back I am first to read and review on GR. Lovely. This one had me at gothic something. Just seems like a pleasantly spooky read, even going by the cover alone. But apparently one mustnt judge the book by the cover, even though its so easy and often accurate, so lets judge the innards instead. Lets say We Have Always Lived in this Castle And the legend of Winchester mansion had a baby. Weird, sure, but go with it. This is that baby. Its a scary creepy kid, much like the boy ...more
Jon Recluse
A decent Gothic chiller concerning the ancestral home of the Wakefield family.....a place where memories hold sway, the spirits of the past haunt halls and rooms where time repeats itself.
Sam Wakefield is trying to map out her family's history from the clues left by these phantasmal echoes, while struggling to keep her mother, whose mind is beginning to slip, from losing the ability to distinguish between past and present.
When her non-believing, pregnant sister Elizabeth returns to the family
Yogaa Lakshmi
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I requested this book because it has an amazing cover. Seeing the cover itself gave me chills!
And the story! MY GOD! It is one of the scariest stories I have ever read! I read the whole book in a single sitting, because I don't know what possessed me, I wasn't able to stop myself from turning the page. This book was so full of gothic horror that my whole body got goosebumps while I was reading it. This book is creepy, scary, frightening, terrifying, petrifying, daunting, disturbing,
Melissa (honeybee.reads)
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off I want to thank @netgalley, @crookedlane & @jokaplan for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wow ! A chilling haunted house with ghosts count me in. I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I have to say the start of this book starts off so strong.

The way the author describes the environment with such succulent writing. It all comes to life. This is not a book that is centered on characters it mostly centers on the environment and all the chills it has to
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My excuses for the short review. Oh the joy of a broken arm! So much more time to read, so difficult to type when you can use only one hand ...

I know I repeat others by saying this book reminds me of The Haunting of Hill House, but it does. It gives the same heebie jeebies, by both the whole atmosphere and it being about so much more than ghosts. This book shines an eery light on family, home, grief and past, present and future. It is woven together into a magnificent story that gets under your
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

A terrifying new gothic
Bruna (bruandthebooks)
5 scary stars!!

I absolutely loved this book! Spooky, creepy and unique!
A haunted house that sometimes feels like a maze and ghosts all over the house. What else does a scary book need?

Sam and her mother live in a huge house that everyone knows to be haunted. Sams sister Elizabeth is pregnant and she moves back into the house since shes running away from her abusive husband. Since they were kids, Elizabeth never really believed the ghosts that her sister insisted she saw.

Sam is used to the
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
I went into this expecting something similar to The Haunting of Hill House, and it definitely has that vibe. The author did a good job building that creepy setting, and I was very engaged for the first quarter. The book also tried to be too many other things, and some of those inspirations were not very successful. There's (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a chilling ghost story!
While Sam is trying to protect her mother from her mind slipping, her pregnant sister comes back to live at the family home.
Seeing a faceless boy in the hall, she starts to place the house and families history together by glimpses into the past.
This story will have you on the edge of your seat and so chilling not for the faint of heart. Soo good and definitely recommend if you are interested in a good Gothic story!
O Prism
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Im sure this is a fine horror story, but I stopped reading when a scene came up that contained casual animal torture and abuse. I am seeing this more often in recent fiction. I believe a great story can be told without adding gratuitous animal torture/injury to it and will not condone it under any circumstances.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It wasnt t until after I read this that I became aware reviewers were drawing comparisons to We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but from the first sentence, It Will Just Be Us immediately set an atmosphere on par with Shirley Jacksons rarely matched abilities. Jo Kaplan managed to produce a work worthy of Jackson fans while maintaining an original voice and modern themes . She also produced a work that demonstrates that plot twists and jump scares are not what make a great thriller. I loved ...more
This is the best horror/gothic novel Ive read in a loooong time! The descriptions of both the mansion and especially the nearby swamp were eerie and fresh, poetic but precise - many times I found a gorgeous sentence that just took my breath away. No spoilers, but the blurb is accurate, and the story moves with perfect timing, completely engrossing and again: fresh. Great writing, a great story and I loved it. Highly recommended. ...more
Elizabeth (Donnamartinreads)
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A near perfect haunted house tale. Full RTC.
Sue Blanchard
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thankyou to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and the author, Jo Kaplan, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of It Will Just Be Us in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
I was hooked from the start.
The storyline was well thought out and written with intriguing characters. The atmosphere was chilling and deliciously creepy. I read this book in one sitting as I could not put it down.
Well worth a read for fans of the genre.
Jessica Smith
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
You can find this review and all of my others over at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and the author via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Sam Wakefield is 'one of those Wakefields', she is attached to her ancestral home that lies in the swamp outside of the town of Shadydale. The townspeople stay away from Wakefield Manor because it is said that the ghosts of the past walk it's halls; that there a swamp witch
Mandy McHugh
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for sending me an eArc of It Will Just Be Us in exchange for review consideration.

I love Women in Horror Month. I find new names to add to my TBR, boost my favorites, and find genuine camaraderie in the women horror community on Twitter. If you haven't checked it out yet, you're truly missing a great opportunity. And while this title isn't due to be published until late summer, I will definitely be talking it up until then.

It Will Just Be Us is a
Kitty Pollock
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It Will Just Be Us by Jo Kaplan
Genre: Gothic Horror, Mystery & Thriller, Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: 11 August 2020

Do you like the works of Shirley Jackson? Do you like haunted houses? Has the Winchester Mystery House in California, USA always held a flickering flame of fascination within you? Then you need to read this book!

I haven't been able to put it down, it was read in two days and now I have book hangover... I'm emotionally distressed its over and now
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book to review !

It Will Just Be Us
by Jo Kaplan

A wonderful Gothic novel featuring mystery, madness and decay at Wakefield Manson located in the small hamlet of Shadydale, VA. A unique book reminiscent of We Have Always Lived In The Castle (Shirley Jackson) however, in this story, the mansion is as prominent a character as the main protagonist Samantha Wakefield . The beginning describes current inhabitants, widowed mother Agnus Wakefield
Molly Weisgrau
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
*I was sent a free ARC of this book by Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review*

The dilapidated mansion that has housed generations of the Wakefield family has a way of remembering and recreating past events. The current residents, Sam and Agnes Wakefield are forced to relive the dark past of the house indefinitely. One night Sams sister Elizabeth returns unexpectedly, fleeing a toxic relationship with her husband as the due date of their first child approaches. As time goes on, Sam
Amanda Carvajal
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⚜Book Review⚜
📘 It Will Just Be Us By Jo Kaplan @joannapary
❇ I could not put this book down. Read it in 2 sittings. If it wasn't for life, It wouldn't have taken me that long.
❇ It's full of constant suspense. Constantly wanting to know what's next and if suspicions are right.
❇ The great thing is....the ending. Jo doesn't let you off easy or happy. It is fantastic writing on her part! Best book I've read in a while...Highly Reccomend 👏🖤
❇ Publication date August 11th 2020
📚 Thank you to
Emily Jane
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had a LOT of thoughts about this book throughout the time I was reading it so if this is a little long I apologise!

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book.

The setting for the book was perfect, it had this amazing gothic feel to it, I can only describe it as the same feeling I got from the Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, eerie but beautiful. Considering the majority of the book took place within the house and its close surroundings, it never once lost those eerie tones and feelings. The
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A thoroughly creepy and disturbing read!

This felt like a classic Southern gothic and it was absolutely oozing with atmosphere and horrifying characters. I loved how the past and the future tangled together inside the house by way of spectral visions. The sense of dread and horror was also artfully woven throughout the story, pulling you through the narrative even when you were afraid to read on.

It was definitely full of moments so scary or grotesque that I felt thoroughly creeped out, as one
Meddling Reader
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Wakefields ancestral home, a decaying mansion that she lives in with her mother, is haunted. The echoes of inhabitants from the past fill their halls, making it hard for her to distinguish between past and present. Out of nowhere Elizabeth, her heavily pregnant sister, returns after a fight with her husband. And an unknown faceless boy follows her

Who is he? How is he connected to the past, present and future of the Wakefield family? And more importantly, how can Sam break his connection
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