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Three Houses on a Hill

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Lazalier Brady is an ex-firefighter on the verge of homelessness. When he discovers his sick toddler, Ellie, abandoned by her mother, fatherly instincts take hold despite his dark, haunting secret.

Intent on providing for Ellie, Laz accepts a humble position as groundskeeper to a wealthy oil tycoon in the wild and frozen int
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Published December 31st 2020 by JPM Publishing Co.
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
4.5 stars rounded up.

What a book! I really enjoyed the author’s previous book, The Loop, but this book was next level! Set in Alaska, this is a genre blending, sweeping, convoluted, epic and riveting story. Lazalier (Laz) Brady has just hit rock bottom - he’s lost his job, his wife and little daughter and is about to be evicted from his home in Anchorage when he gets an offer he can’t refuse. A beautiful young lawyer, Sophie Dilbrook, offers him a job as groundskeeper at her family’s estate in t
Alyssa ❀
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's 4am. I did it again, I am losing precious sleep because of Holloway's incredible stories.

This was a rollercoaster.
I'm crying because of the really shocking, heartbreaking ending, but wow. He's done it again.
I loved Holloway's debut novel 'The Loop' and I was so excited to finally get to read this one.

I thought I had the plot twist figured out, several times, and I couldn't have been more wrong.
It's not even a shocking twist, it's so unexpected but done so incredibly well that I'm in awe.
John Kerry
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. Three houses on a hill by Nicholas Holloway is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwise have been merely a sensational tale into a artful novel, worthy of a discerning reader.

This book is not about fear but rather about the l
Nichole Montalbano
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I would definitely recommend "Three Houses on a Hill," by Nicholas Holloway. I read his first novel, "The Loop," and loved it, so I have been waiting for his second novel to come out, and it did not disappoint! It was similar in theme - a mysterious murder - but was also extremely different from his debut novel, from location, characters, maturity of the writing, and storyline. The secrets that take place on the Hill involve so many twists and turns that I was shocked by the ending! I kept ...more
Linda McCutcheon
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"By the time you read these pages, I will be bones in the earth."

Are you kidding me?! Absolutely the best opening line of a thriller I have ever read. Three Houses On A Hill by Nicholas Holloway only gets better with each written line. As a lover of thrillers this second book from the immensely creative mind of its writer is not only so much fun to read but is a joy to experience as an example of brilliant writing.

Lazalier is not the quintessential hero. He is the poster child for flawed charact
Daisy Mae
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The trees behind that hill, they change folks. Stay out there long ‘nuff, you might not come back at all.”

Holloway is undoubtedly establishing his thriller signature with this second book! A promising tale that takes you to the frigid Great North amidst a storm of unbearable wealth and deceit.

The story is woven with beautiful imagery. The red herrings had me so fooled that I began worrying the story was veering down a dangerously unrealistic path. Needless to say I was guessing until the answer
Ally Meller
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think I finally understand what the word “spellbinding” means. Nicholas Holloway did it again! Three Houses on a Hill introduces us to a group of unlikely and lovably rugged characters, one of them being the wild Alaskan landscape where the story is set. From the first page, I was hooked. As I read, I kept thinking I had it all figured out but in the end, I definitely didn’t see the conclusion coming. This story culminates the same way “The Loop” did- neatly, concisely, and in a way that leave ...more
Annie Canada
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great read. I love a good thriller with surprise twists at every turn and this book delivered just that! Kept me wanting more. Who did it? Why? What the heck is going on?! First book by this author and it's safe to say I'm a fan now. I work in a library and I definitely will be recommending this book to our patrons. ...more
Carol J.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't miss out on this book

Three Houses on a Hill kept me at the edge of my seat! You will love the descriptive ways the author paints the setting! I felt like I lived there. There were so many twists and turns that capture your attention that you can't put it down. You never know how it's going to end. Overall, a great book that you don't want to miss!!
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From the chilling first lines of this book I was gripped. When I read "The loop" by Nicholas Holloway I eagerly awaited this next book hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed but he has exceeded all expectations.

Lazalier Brady, or Laz as he was known, is an ex fireman who had been deserted by his wife and was blaming himself for his friends Smitty's death.

When he was offered a job as maintenance man at her parents mansion by the beautiful Sophie Dilbrook he and his sick, oxygen dependant toddler
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Where do I start? Nicholas Holloway has done it again! I think this book was better than his debut novel which in itself was an astounding read.

Laz Brady lost his job as a fireman after a tragic accident and was struggling to get on his two feet. His wife ran off with their baby and Laz was on the verge of being kicked out of his appartment. When all hope was lost, his best friend Tom, came to the rescue. He hoo
Thank you to the publisher and BookSirens for providing me with a copy of this novel for an honest review. It has been published in December 2020.

"Three Houses on a Hill" is the new pageturner by Nicholas Holloway, a stand-alone thriller set in the harsh, unforgiving Alaskan landscape.
What I think of this book is best summarised in a quote I found among these very pages: "In all the books I've read in all my years, I've garnered a sort of respect for authors who can hold my attention from the fi
Vix (alittlemixofvix)
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe Nicholas Holloway has done it again! After loving his first book I thought that it would be too tough an act to follow, yet he here goes proving me wrong. Yet again making me stay up until the early hours of the morning as I just HAD to finish it in one sitting – I really should learn to start his books earlier in the day.

Right from the opening line “By the time you read these pages, I will be bones in the earth” I was hooked, very reminiscent of the feeling I get whenever I read
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read an edge of the seat thriller, then this one is for you.

Lazalier Brady or Laz, is the former fireman who has hit a rock bottom in his life. He has lost his job and his wife has abandoned him and taken their daughter along.

Sophie Dilbrook, who is her best friend Tom’s love interest, offers him a job as a groundskeeper at her wealthy parents’ mansion. He takes a long journey from Anchorage to Ukippa and start a new life on a hill with three houses – The mansion, the cabin and t
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. I went into it only reading the synopsis and wasn't sure if it was going to be a horror, mystery, alien abduction, what-have-you... I am really glad I did that because it played right into the mysteriousness of Horseshoe Hill. I loved the characters; the way they interacted and popped into and out of the story was great. Laz was a feverishly flawed hero in this story. He "solved the mystery" about 10 times. He broke things down the way I did and was gobsmacked each ti ...more
ebony ✨
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksirens
[★ 5.0 stars]

our main character lazalier is not in a great place at the start of the story. he just lost his job, his wife left him, took their only child, and he is about to lose his home. he gets a job offer to be a groundskeeper in a town that he doesn't want to go to, and as he walks back into his apartment he practically tumbles into a crib sitting in the middle of the room... his wife had abandoned their sick daughter.

so he takes the job in ukkipa, alaska and the journey begins. this is se
Nebula Castelino
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever had a book which resounds in the depths of your consciousness for a prolonged period of time? If you wish to discover this feeling, I present to you "Three Houses on a Hill" by Nicholas Holloway. This book demands your full attention from page one and is an exceptional mix of multilayered genres and elements of goth, mystery, and horror. Lazalier or Laz finds himself in a corner, beaten down in the game of life. He's been fired from his job and abandoned by his wife. Haunted by the ...more
Pearly Williams
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A truly thrilling and exciting read. A fast paced read with a storyline that will draw you in from the begining to the to end.

The characters were very interesting and well described, I would highly recommend picking up a copy!

A clever twist and an unexpected ending make this book a page-turner.

Full of suspense and anticipation, it was impossible to put this book down.

I would like to thank Nicholas Holloway and BookSirens for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest
Stacy Garver
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Nicholas Holloway. A gripping murder mystery that keeps you wanting to read more. He does a fantastic job developing his characters. Just as in his first book, The Loop, he kept me guessing the entire book. If you are a fan of a good murder mystery, I highly recommend reading this one. Can’t wait for the next book!!!
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksirens
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

After reading Holloway's debut book, The Loop, last year, I was excited to see his sophmore novel on BookSirens for reviews. Holloway is quickly becoming a favorite author for me. Both books have remote settings and a complex mystery to solve, and I really enjoyed them both.

Three Houses on a Hill is set in Alaska, and has a lot of moving parts that the reader learns about in present time and memories/flashbacks
Erik Smith
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent sophomore effort from Holloway. I liked it even better than his first book “The Loop”. Storyline was well thought out and flowed well. From the first pages I was hooked wondering what was going to happen next to Laz. The characters were well developed and I really enjoyed the read. Another solid effort from this young author. I would definitely recommend this for some good, down home fiction to fill your imagination on a cold winters day.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Received as a review copy, this is an honest review. A wonderfully engrossing narrative... Laz is a man on the verge of ruin, determined to do right for his sick daughter and his dog. Working for an dying Tycoon unravels haunting secrets mysteriously regarding the family he works for. Already burdened by his darkness Laz can't escape, the disturbing world he gets plunged into may take him to a breaking point. Highly recommended. ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, reviews
How excited was I to read the second book by Nicholas Holloway? Very, very excited! I enjoyed his first novel so much, and this one did not disappoint.

This time I was swept away to the beautiful and unpredictable wilds of Alaska. Here we follow the story of Laz as he tries to fit into a new, somewhat unaccepting town while dealing the aftermath of a lost job, broken relationship, and newly and unexpectedly reacquisition of his toddler-aged daughter. Add some mysterious, potentially dangerous cha
The Reviewera
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly woven like an interesting spell. I didn't think this book was going to be this good. It was , as you might expect , engaging , a total different piece of art from every aspect.
It sets a very high bar for whatever he does that comes next.
Must Read
Nishant Yadav
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars

One of the best books I have read this month!
Highly recommend it! I only leave positive feedback and reviews when I love the book.
Feel free to ask anything regarding this book.
A must read for sure.
Karen (kmo.reads)
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, arc, 2021, booksiren
I have been anxiously awaiting a new book from Nicholas Holloway since I read his book The Loop. This one was even better! It was thrilling and engaging from the start and I found myself up into the wee hours of the morning reading. If you are a big fan of twists, this book will not disappoint you.

Three Houses on a Hill takes place in Alaska. Laz, who was once a respected firefighter, has fallen from grace in his town after a bad accident. The town has disowned him. The only thing he can think a
Cat B.
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hoping for a restart for himself and his daughter, Lazalier accepts a grounds keeping post on a remote Arctic property. What follows is a story full of mystery, thrills, murder, and a marvelous cast of well fleshed out characters and non-stop story telling. With a straight forward style of writing, the author gives us many twists and turns without ever feeling like he is taking us off on a tangent. I was never bored with the narrative and never resorted to speed reading to get passed a lagging p ...more
Carol Oedekerk
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing book. Kept me guessing and I could visualize the beautiful area and characters as I got to know them. I hate it when books like this end as I didn’t want to stop reading it!
David Massengale
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC on and want to thank them the publishers and the author for the chance to read it and provide a review.

After reading Nicholas Holloway's The Loop I jumped at the opportunity to read his latest offering and it didn't disappoint, in fact it greatly exceeded expectations.

The premise of the book, where a father is writing to his daughter explaining events that led up to how things have turned out presently, hooked me right from the start and kept me enga
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Nicholas Holloway is an award-winning mystery author based in Texas. His debut novel, "The Loop", won the Book Excellence Award for Suspense Fiction. His thrilling new mystery thriller, "Three Houses on a Hill," recently won the 2020 Killer Nashville Claymore Award.

Nick grew up in southern California and earned his master’s degree from the MFA Screenwriting Program at California State University F

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